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Brown Bag Blues
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Mon Nov 5, 2012 11:58 AM CST

The first Roundup Ready gene is now a teen and not far away from leaving its parent to become a generic trait. Just don't assume you'll legally be allowed to keep that seed at home once the patent expires.

Soybean farmers have had access to the Roundup Ready 1 (RR1) trait technology since 1996. U.S. patents are only granted for a 20-year period, so beginning with the 2015 planting season, Monsanto will no longer collect trait royalty payments from those who purchase or sell RR1 seed varieties. Jim Tobin, Monsanto vice president for industry affairs, told DTN it also means ...

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