Letter Opposing Amendments to Restrict Agricultural Innovation

Support Agricultural Innovation

May 20, 2014

The Honorable Mark Pryor                                 The Honorable Robert Aderholt

U.S. Senate                                                          U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C.  20510                                        Washington, D.C.  20515


The Honorable Roy Blunt                                    The Honorable Sam Farr

U.S. Senate                                                          U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C.  20510                                              Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairmen Pryor and Aderholt and Ranking Members Blunt and Farr,

The undersigned organizations oppose any amendments to the Fiscal Year 2015 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act that would, directly or indirectly, impede agriculture’s access to technology or restrict or malign the commercial development of modern plant or animal agricultural applications, including those utilizing biotechnology.

Agricultural innovation is important to all Americans because it enables plant and animal producers to increase productivity of healthful food using less land, while conserving soil, water, and on-farm energy.  These benefits are passed on to consumers who reap the benefit of affordable food prices, greater access to nutritious food, an improved environment, a strengthened rural economy, and enhanced domestic and international food security.

Embracing modern agriculture is the right thing to do for our country, which has a rich history of nurturing science, research, and innovation in all areas of the economy, including farming.  The United States is strong and prosperous because American leaders embrace the responsible use of technology and set forth public policies to move the nation forward in this regard.

We ask that Congress help advance the American tradition of innovation by opposing any amendment to restrict agricultural technology development, to hinder farmers’ access to modern agricultural tools, or to malign advancements in plant and animal agricultural applications that are helping to meet current and future food production challenges.


Agricultural Retailers Association

American Association of Bovine Practitioners

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Feed Industry Association

American Seed Trade Association

American Society of Agronomy

American Society of Plant Biologists

American Soybean Association

American Sugarbeet Growers Association

American Veterinary Medical Association

Animal Health Institute

Beet Sugar Development Foundation

Biotechnology Industry Organization

Congressional Hunger Center

Corn Refiners Association

Crop Life America

Crop Life International

Crop Science Society of America

Global Cold Chain Alliance

Global Harvest Initiative

Grocery Manufacturers Association

International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses

International Formula Council

Iowa State University

K-State Research and Extension

Kansas State University, College of Agriculture

National Association of Wheat Growers

National Barley Growers Association

National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research

National Corn Growers Association

National Cotton Council

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

National Institute for Animal Agriculture

National Milk Producers Federation

National Pork Producers Council

National Potato Council

National Renderers Association

National Sorghum Producers

Soil Science Society of America

South Dakota State University

The American Phytopathological Society

The American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists

United Egg Producers

University of Delaware, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

University of Nebraska, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

U.S. Beet Sugar Association

U.S. Canola Association

U.S. Poultry and Egg Association

Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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