USDA-APHIS grants nonregulated status for roundup ready alfalfa

USDA-APHIS grants nonregulated status for roundup ready alfalfa

Mark Renz, Extension Weed Scientist, University of Wisconsin Madison

On January 27, 2011 USDA-APHIS announced it will deregulate Roundup Ready alfalfa. This decision will lift the three year ban on planting of RR alfalfa seed in the United States. The decision was made after considering the options listed in the final environmental impact statement (EIS) published on December 23, 2010 and holding public comment opportunities. While several options were considered in the final EIS, APHIS has fully deregulated RR alfalfa, so it has no restrictions associated with it. I expect that seed will be available for purchase on the near future.

For details about this decision please visit this link:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/brs/aphisdocs/04_11001p_rod.pdf

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