U.S. farmers in 12 qualifying states who plant Genuity™ SmartStax™ and other qualifying triple-stack corn hybrids from Monsanto in 2010 will be eligible to reduce their crop insurance premiums as part of the Biotechnology Endorsement.
In 2010 for farmers planting Monsanto qualifying technologies, Colorado has been added to the list of BE qualifying states, and the program has been expanded to include both irrigated and non-irrigated corn grain acres in all qualifying states. The addition of Colorado brings the total number of states participating in the Biotechnology Endorsement to 12: Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Participation in the BE does not replace the importance of growers respecting the EPA-mandated refuge requirements.
The Biotechnology Yield Endorsement was created by Monsanto and first received RMA-USDA approval in 2008. Today it is known as the Biotechnology Endorsement. Products containing Monsanto’s triple stack technologies were the first-ever hybrids to be eligible for a crop insurance premium discount.
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Participation in the BE in no way changes the importance of following IRM refuge requirements for this technology.