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Xtend Moves Forward
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Fri Dec 12, 2014 04:51 PM CST

ST. LOUIS (DTN) -- Monsanto's new dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybean traits are one step closer to full deregulation. USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) on Dec. 12 released its final environmental impact statement (EIS) and recommended deregulation of the traits.

The EIS will be posted for public viewing for the next 30 days, and then USDA will issue its final regulatory decision on the traits.

After that, only the EPA's registration of the trait's corresponding herbicides will stand between a full commercial launch of Monsanto's Roundup Ready II Xtend soybeans and Bollgard II XtendFlex technology.

The RR-Xtend soybeans ...

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