On October 20, 2008, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) announced the phased suspension of the Market Choices© certification mark and grain marketing program. This decision comes as U.S. corn, corn gluten feed and distillers dried grains and solubles (DDGS) trade with the European Union (EU) has essentially stopped due to the lack of timely regulatory approvals for corn biotech traits. A zero tolerance for traits not fully approved in the EU has made importation of U.S. corn and derived products virtually impossible since 2007.
Although ASTA has suspended use of its Market Choices grain marketing program and certification mark, growers are still encouraged to consult the National Corn Growers Association website, Know Before You Grow, for the approval status of commercially available hybrids and talk to their grain handler to confirm their buying position for Agrisure Corn Trait products.
If you have questions, please contact your local seed representative.
Grain harvested from U.S. approved hybrids can only be exported to nations that have authorized the event. In some cases Biosafety Certificates may also be required for export of biotech events.
Please complete the appropriate Biosafety Certificate Request Form (below) and fax it to Agrisure at the number listed on the form. Include a copy of your letterhead when submitting the request form.
Copies of the requested Biosafety Certificate will be sent via fax or email.