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GE Corn Acreage in US Fell 30% in Last Two Years

GE Corn Acreage in US Fell 30%
in Last Two Years

Corn Grower Group Survey Shows Rise in Biotech Segregation
12/18/2001, Edited by Willie Vogt, E-Content Director, Farm Progress

In its third annual survey of Midwest grain elevators, the American Corn
Growers Association (ACGA) says its found that more than half surveyed are
requiring segregation of biotech from non-biotech crops. The survey also
shows than about 20% report offering premiums for non-biotech corn or
non-biotech soybeans.

ACGA has been a proponent of the Farmer Choice - Customer First program
aimed at keeping biotech crops out of the field if world customers aren't
interested in buying. The group is using the survey information to discuss
what it says is a change in the way farmers view biotech crops. "The burden
of on-farm segregation, combined with the premiums being offered for
conventional, non-GMO varieties, together with the realization that GMOs
are jeopardizing export markets, are apparently becoming stronger
incentives," says Dan McGuire, program director of the ACGA Farmer
Choice-Customer First program.

In a release announcing survey results, ACGA notes that in 1999 25 million
acres were planted to biotech crops. That number fell to 16.4 million acres
in 2001.

The elevator survey was conducted during the fall of 2001 in Illinois,
Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska,
Ohio and South Dakota. For more information on the survey, visit ACGA.org.

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