Farmers Planting Less GMO Corn

Farmers Planting Less GMO Corn

* American Corn Growers Association *
For Immediate Release Newsletter

IN 2001 COMPARED TO 2000

77% Believe U.S. Consumer and Foreign Customer
Concerns Are Important

WASHINGTON July 16, 2001---Completing their third Annual Farmer
Survey on the issue of genetically modified (GMO) crops, the American
Corn Growers Association (ACGA) found that producers reported
planting 6 percent fewer acres to GMO corn varieties in 2001 than in
2000. The survey, conducted by Robinson and Muenster Associates,Inc.
of Sioux Falls, S.D., polled 509 farmers in fourteen states from June 14
to June 23. The farmers surveyed reported planting 526,118 total acres
to corn in 2001. The random, scientific survey has a margin of error of
+/- 4.5 percent. Using the June USDA-NASS planted corn acreage
reported for the fourteen states, the survey estimates that farmers in those
major corn growing states, which represent 88 percent of total U.S. corn
acreage, planted 21 percent of their total corn acreage to GMO corn
varieties in 2001.

"Of the growers surveyed, 77 percent feel that consumer and foreign market
concerns about GMOs are very or somewhat important and 78 percent
said they are willing to plant traditional, non-GMO corn varieties instead of
biotech GMO varieties in order to keep world markets open to U.S. corn,"
said Larry Mitchell, CEO of the ACGA. "Farmers believe 'the customer is
always right', a pretty basic marketing premise for being successful in business
and keep customers for the future."

"Our analysis revealed that 73.7 percent of the farmers in the survey believe
customer rejection of GMOs contributes to the ongoing low commodity
prices received by corn growers and 56 percent believe Congress should
require the labeling of foods and export cargoes to show GMO levels,"
said Dan McGuire, ACGA Policy Committee Chairman. "It appears that
farmers are responding to concerns about the impact that GMO varieties
are having on export markets like Japan, South Korea and Europe."

"Corn producers have seen recent news reports that the Korean Corn
Processing Association (KOCOPIA) is requesting international trading
houses to replace U.S. corn with non-U.S. sources of corn and will
indefinitely exclude the U.S. as an optional origin at future tender purchases,"
added McGuire. This survey reaffirms the fact that the American farmer
understands the importance of providing customers the products they
demand. Of the farmers surveyed, 56 percent are tuned in to the reality
that our export competitors are using non-GMO marketing initiatives."

Survey Results:

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the most important and 5 being the
lest important, how important is it for you, as a farmer, to take the
concerns of U.S. customers and foreign markets into consideration,
when you decide to plant GMOs?

50.5% - Very Important
26.9% - Somewhat Important
13.2% - Neither Important Nor Not Important At All
4.5% - Somewhat Not Important At All
4.9% - Not Important At All

Did you know that U.S. corn export competitors were taking
non-GMO marketing initiatives?

56.4% - Yes
42.8% - No
0.8% - Don't Know or Refused To Answer

Is the rejection of U.S. GMO corn and soybeans by our largest export
customers contributing to continued low commodity prices?

73.7% - Yes
20.0% - No
6.3% - Don't Know or Refused To Answer

If keeping your customers satisfied and keeping world markets open
to U.S. corn means not planting GMO corn varieties, are you willing
to do that?

77.8% - Yes
15.9% - No
6.3% - Don't Know or Refused To Answer

Should the U.S. Congress require labeling as a marketing strategy and
sales tool to instill consumer confidence and promote global markets
for U.S. corn?

55.6% - Yes
30.6% - No
13.8% - Don't Know or Refused To Answer

To View the 2001 Corn Producers Survery:

Questions or Comments Please Contact:
Dan McGuire

Larry Mitchell

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