Washington, D.C. (May 14, 2020)—“I would like to applaud the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for today’s action in finalizing the rule to bring the regulation of biotechnology crops into the 21st Century. As the first update of what is commonly known as Part 340 regulations in over 30 years, today’s action will help to ensure that America’s farmers and growers have access to the tools they need to produce crops efficiently and sustainably in the years to come.
“By providing a modern framework, the rule will help spur development of new traits and technologies and ensure a streamlined approval process based in science. With this action, USDA reinforces its leadership role, both within the U.S. government and globally, in helping to guide agricultural innovation into the future.”
Since 1929, NCFC has been the voice of America’s farmer cooperatives. Our members are regional and national farmer cooperatives, which are in turn composed of nearly 2,000 local farmer cooperatives across the country. NCFC members also include 26 state and regional councils of cooperatives. Farmer cooperatives allow individual farmers the ability to own and lead organizations that are essential for continued competitiveness in both the domestic and international markets.
America’s farmer-owned cooperatives provide a comprehensive array of services for their members. These diverse organizations handle, process and market virtually every type of agricultural commodity. They also provide farmers with access to infrastructure necessary to manufacture, distribute and sell a variety of farm inputs. Additionally, they provide credit and related financial services, including export financing.