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International Biotechnology Symposium ... August 26 ... Champaign, IL

Date Posted: April 23, 2013

Bloomington, IL—Biotechnology regulators, international trade experts and farmers from around the world will meet in Champaign, Ill., this summer to discuss ways to streamline regulatory and trade approvals for farmer use of biotech seed and the worldwide trade of soybeans, corn and other crops grown with biotechnology.

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) and other agricultural proponents believe breakthrough biotech traits are key to healthy and secure food for more people all around the world.

While U.S. and international biotechnology companies have dozens of new transgenic events under development, currently the world lacks a synchronized, science-based system for countries to export and import grain, oil and other products produced from biotech crops.

ISA directors invite leaders in agriculture, food and trade from major grain importing and exporting countries to the heart of America's farm belt to begin work on a solution.

Illinois soybean farmers are joining with leading U.S. agricultural organizations and biotechnology providers to host the International Biotechnology Symposium, Aug. 26, in Champaign, Ill.

The symposium takes place the day before the 2013 Farm Progress Show in nearby Decatur, Ill.

Those interested in attending can register at

"Biotech crops mean food security for many countries around the world, yet today's biotechnology approval process is susceptible to international politics, making it volatile and inefficient," says Bill Wykes, soybean farmer from Yorkville, Ill., and ISA chairman.

"We need a global, cohesive, science-based regulatory system so farmers can produce more food and nations can enjoy food security."

Sponsors of the International Biotechnology Symposium include the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, Farm Progress, WinField, Bayer CropScience, Indiana Soybean Alliance, Nebraska Soybean Board and Ohio Soybean Council.

ISA welcomes additional sponsors. Interested organizations can receive sponsorship information by contacting Craig Ratajczyk, ISA executive director, at 309-663-7692 or

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