Monsanto Canada Inc.

Monsanto Canada Inc.

March 02, 2010 15:28 ET

Monsanto Implements New Policy in Support of Insect Resistance Management Requirements

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 2, 2010) - As part of ongoing efforts to encourage compliance with federally mandated insect resistance management (IRM) requirements, Monsanto Canada is implementing a new policy in support of the use of its Bt trait technologies.

The new policy is designed to help reinforce what technology developers, academics and researchers have been advocating for years – namely, that the use of a non-Bt refuge, together with Bt insect control, is required to prevent or delay the onset of insect resistance to these valuable technologies. The vast majority of Bt technologies currently require a 20 percent refuge.

Under the terms of the new policy, farmers found to be non-compliant during random field assessments are sent a letter advising them of such and reminding them of the importance of planting a properly configured refuge. They are also advised that a follow-up assessment will occur in the next growing season to determine if an appropriate refuge has been planted. Individuals found to be non-compliant after these two steps will lose access to Bt technologies licensed by Monsanto.

"Planting a properly configured refuge when using corn hybrids with in-plant Bt insect control is absolutely critical to protecting the long-term viability and effectiveness of these technologies," said Chris Anderson, stewardship lead for Monsanto Canada. "This policy is just one of a series of ongoing initiatives we have and will continue to undertake to emphasize the importance of having an effective on-farm IRM plan."

Anderson notes that the implementation of this policy is a logical extension of the work Monsanto undertakes every year in conjunction with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Canadian Corn Pest Coalition (CCPC), where a random selection of farmers planting hybrids with Monsanto Bt insect technologies have their fields scouted for unusual insect feeding. At the same time, farmers are informed as to whether or not their refuge practices are consistent with IRM stewardship requirements as outlined in the CCPC's A Grower's Handbook: Controlling Corn Insect Pests with Bt Corn Technology and Monsanto's Technology Use Guide. The first letters of non-compliance associated with the new policy are being issued this winter.

"With refuge compliance figures on the decline it is more important than ever to increase awareness of the importance of insect resistant management to Canadian farmers," Anderson said. "This new policy is designed to highlight the significance of planting a mandatory refuge but to do so in a way that provides farmers the opportunity to take corrective action."

In addition to the new IRM policy, Monsanto has added new information to the Insect Resistant Management section on its website (, including a new IRM corn refuge calculator and links to other refuge-related resources.

Anderson also notes that, until this year, all Bt technologies required that 20 percent of total planted acres be planted to a refuge. However, with the approval and introduction of Monsanto's Genuity™ SmartStax™ trait technology, there is now a Bt technology option with a refuge requirement of just 5 percent of total planted acres. All other Bt technologies from Monsanto and other technology providers still require a 20 percent refuge.

Monsanto Canada is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Monsanto Company is an agricultural company and a leading global provider of technology – focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of world's natural resources such as water and energy. Learn more about our business and our commitments at

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