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Emblem of the shift

December 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

HARWOOD — Even in a burgeoning agricultural economy in the Red River Valley, Peterson Farms Seed stands out.
The seed company is one of those emblematic of the Red River Valley region’s historic shift from wheat and barley into a new era of corn…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Emblem of the shift

December 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

HARWOOD — Even in a burgeoning agricultural economy in the Red River Valley, Peterson Farms Seed stands out.
The seed company is one of those emblematic of the Red River Valley region’s historic shift from wheat and barley into a new era of corn…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

DuPont sends former cops to enforce seed patents

December 3, 2012 in The Daily Republic

The world’s second-biggest seed company, is sending dozens of former police officers across North America to prevent a practice generations of farmers once took for granted.
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Roundup Ready sugar beets move closer to deregulation

June 4, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A U.S. Department of Agriculture statement issued Friday marked another step that could fully deregulate Roundup Ready sugar beets, potentially allowing farmers to plant the genetically modified seeds without restriction. Continue Reading

American Crystal Sugar: Use Roundup Ready seeds

March 30, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS American Crystal Sugar Co.’s board of directors decided Wednesday to use Roundup Ready
beet seed this year, despite the threat posed by a federal court challenge mounted by opponents of the genetically
modified product. Continue Reading

American Crystal to go with Roundup Ready beets

March 30, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Federal court case made growers consider conventional seedAmerican Crystal Sugar Co.’s board of directors decided late this afternoon to go with Roundup Ready beet seed this year, despite the threat posed by a federal court case mounted by opponents of the genetically modified product. Continue Reading

Roundup Ready beet issue remains unclear

March 23, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Stay tuned. That’s the only message available on the Roundup Ready sugar beet question for 2011 as Red River Valley and southern Minnesota farmers prepare for a sugar beet planting season, which could be less than a month away. Continue Reading

Ag groups seek to quell negative Roundup claims

March 4, 2011 in The Daily Republic

Agriculture technology firms and South Dakota producers are refuting claims by a Purdue scientist that Roundup Ready technology could be responsible for a microscopic pathogen “that appears to significantly impact the health of plants, animals and probably human beings.”
The bio-warning first became news in mid-January when Don Huber, a retired Army colonel and emeritus professor at Purdue University, wrote to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack protesting the pending deregulation of genetically engineered alfalfa, warning that “such approval could be a calamity.”
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Banner year comes with uncertainty

December 2, 2010 in INFORUM

Roundup Ready hot topic at Crystal Sugar meeting

American Crystal Sugar Co. shareholders at their annual meeting were happy but not giddy about a phenomenal crop and price year their enthusiasm perhaps curbed by concerns about future use of Roundup Ready beets. Continue Reading

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Judge says permits for sugar beets likely weren’t legal

September 30, 2010 in INFORUM

A California judge said this week that the latest round of “Roundup Ready” sugar beet seeds likely shouldn’t have been planted, the newest development in an ongoing legal battle over the use of biotech beet crops. Continue Reading