USDA is giving the public more time to comment on their plan for strengthening agricultural co existence in the United States. The new deadline for commenting is March 4, 2014. Co existence is the concurrent cultivation of crops produced through diverse agricultural systems including traditionally produced, organic, identity preserved and genetically engineered crops. South Dakota Bio Tech Association Executive Director Joni Johnson says her group likes the plan and thinks it’ll be beneficial if it’s approved.
Johnson says one advantage of the USDA plan is that it calls for farmers to communicate with each other on their ag systems and work out their differences in a positive way.
USDA published their proposal in the federal register in November and now has extended the comment period for 60 days to March 4.