Recent lawsuits against seed companies have caused confusion about the role of the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA). ICGA is not involved in any way with the litigation currently being pursued related to the release of biotechnology events. The plaintiffs in these lawsuits are individual farmers acting on their own behalf and are in no way representative of the position of Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) or National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). Farmers contemplating joining these lawsuits should seek independent legal counsel to answer questions.
ICGA and NCGA’s are guided by policy, developed by our farmer-members, that supports access to all technologies that allow growers to improve the economic and environmental performance of their farms. Through our Know Before You Grow program, we have helped farmers maintain access to valuable export markets and the biotechnology-enhanced traits that they need to grow a healthy, abundant crop.
“The Iowa Corn Growers Association cannot provide legal advice or represent you in this case,” said ICGA President Jerry Mohr. “We encourage farmers to seek independent legal advice to answer questions about the lawsuits.”
Iowa Corn through NCGA works directly with seed companies and traders to maximize farmers’ access to technology while maintaining market access. Mohr states, “We believe that proper stewardship is key and that we prefer voluntary decisions to meet the needs of farmers, seed and grain companies rather than deferring to court or legislation.”
For more information about Iowa Corn’s position or the Know Before You Grow program, please go to www.iowacorn.org.