WASHINGTON, May 15 – With the United States Department of Agriculture celebrating its 150th anniversary today, major farm and trade organizations called on leaders of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to support the important role of biotechnology.

“Beginning on May 15, we encourage you to demonstrate publically your commitment to ensuring a safe and abundant food, fuel and fiber supply for generations to come,” the groups wrote.

 “As technology evolved over the last 150 years, farming and forestry operations did, too. Meeting demand, improving processes and minimizing environmental impacts are what make modern agriculture and forestry dynamic industries.

“As a nation, we must encourage a strong commitment to the availability of biotechnology to enhance the sustainability, productivity, and competitiveness of U.S. agriculture. Plant biotechnology provides numerous benefits to society including production gains that enhance domestic food and energy security and in turn our national security.”

The letter was signed by: American Retailers Association, American Seed Trade Association, American Sugarbeet Growers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, Biotechnology Industry Organization, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Barley Growers Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council, National Sunflower Association, US Canola Association, USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council.

For a copy of the full letter, click here.

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