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Agricultural Biotechnology:

Genetically Engineered Rice: A Summary of the LL Rice 601 Incident
A.B. Endres and Justin G. Gardner
ALTB_06-04, December 2006
 

Abstract

Reports that genetically engineered rice entered the food supply chain surfaced this summer. The unapproved for export varieties, not surprisingly, engendered significant controversy, resulting in the filing of several lawsuits and disruption of the international rice trade. This article summarizes the history of the commingling, compares this incident with the previous StarLink litigation, and analyzes the impact on the rice futures market.
 
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Focus on Biotechnology—Farmer Liability for Commingled Biotech Crop Shipments
A.B. Endres
March 2005
 

Abstract

Emerging regulations for overseas grain shipments ultimately may result in farmer liability for the commingling of even trace amounts of genetically engineered crops. The European Union now requires labeling of all products (including bulk grain shipments) that contain more than 0.9% of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Moreover, there is zero tolerance for unapproved biotech products in the European Union, such as StarLink corn.
 
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Non-StarLink Farmers Litigation: Accounting to “Share” Landlords and Others with an Interest in the Crop
Donald L. Uchtmann and A. Bryan Endres
ALTB_04-13, October 29, 2004
 

Abstract

Many of the 72,076 farmers who filed successful “Corn Loss” claims in the Non-StarLink Farmer Litigation have a duty to account to “share” landlords or others with an interest in the corn crop. This article discusses the Farm Operator's duty to account, and links to a Form and Instructions that may be used for the accounting.
 
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Non-StarLink Farmer Litigation: Where Is My Settlement Payment? How Much Is It? What Do I Do When It Arrives? How Is It Taxed?
Donald L. Uchtmann and Gary Hoff
ALTB_04-12, Revised November 5, 2004
 

Abstract

Over 72,000 successful farmer-claimants will soon receive their shares of a Net Settlement Fund of about $75 million. Most Corn Loss claimants will receive about $2.88 for each eligible corn acre finally approved. Payment will come as a Prepaid Visa™ Direct Card that can be used to obtain a 10% discount at Tractor Supply Company stores or in other ways. Farm operators must account to “share” landlords and others with a legal interest in the corn harvest (a related article addresses in detail the operator's duty to account). Receiving a settlement payment has tax consequences as described herein.
 
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StarLink: What if You Received a Notice That Your Claim is Deficient?
Donald L. Uchtmann
Revised November 7, 2003
 

Abstract

This brief article provides practical information, including examples, of how a farmer might respond if he has just received notice that his previously filed, StarLink-related Corn Loss Proof of Claim is deficient. In most cases, some action is required not later than Saturday, November 15 to cure the problem identified by the Claims Administrator. [The 11/7/03 revision tells how to contact the Claims Administrator in special circumstances, and provides a new example where this was done.]
 
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