In This Issue:
- Monsanto Wins Supreme Court Patent Case Concerning Roundup Ready Soy Beans
- Farm Bill Moves Forward But Remains in Doubt
- Bridge to Prosperity: New Bridge Between U.S. and Canada Approved
- Days of Wine and Roses
- Health Tax Hammers Small Business
- Michigan's Inaugural Wolf Hunt Debuts in November
- Excerpt from Monsanto Wins Supreme Court Patent Case Concerning Roundup Ready Soy Beans:
This case involved an Indiana soy bean farmer who, for his first crop of the year, bought Roundup Ready soy bean seed from an approved Monsanto dealer. After harvesting that crop, the farmer planted a second, and because of the shortened season, more risky crop of soy beans. Rather than buy the more expensive seed from Monsanto’s distributor network, the farmer purchased soy beans from a local grain elevator, reasoning that because most farmers in the area used Roundup Ready soy beans, the beans purchased from the elevator were likely to contain genetic resistance to Roundup herbicide. The farmer continued this practice for his late-season plantings, including planting seed he saved from the year before, for eight consecutive crops. Eventually Monsanto discovered this practice and brought suit against him for patent infringement.
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