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Friday, March 4, 2016

Senate Ag Advances GMO Labeling- Key KyCorn Priority

The Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee in the U.S. Senate marked up the Biotechnology Labeling Solutions Bill with a bipartisan vote of 14-6. We appreciate Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell,  who serves on the committee, for voting in favor of this high priority for Kentucky Corn Growers. 

The legislation, which creates a national solution for a state-by-state patchwork of biotechnology labeling laws, now heads to the full Senate for consideration. We urge leader McConnell to quickly make time for this bill on the Senate floor for full approval. 

"It is clear that what we're facing today is not a safety or health issue. It is a market issue," said Chairman Pat Roberts (KS). "This is really a conversation about a few states dictating to every state the way food moves from farmers to consumers in the value chain. We have a responsibility to ensure that the national market can work for everyone, including farmers, manufacturers, retailers, and consumers."

The legislation has the support of more than 650 farmer groups, cooperatives, agribusinesses, processors, seed makers, handlers, food and feed manufacturers, lenders, and retailers. The U.S. House of Representatives last July passed legislation on this topic with a bipartisan vote of 275-150. To read the legislation and to view a Senate hearing on this bill, click here.

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