Biotechnology has emerged as a key tool that allows growers and now processors to provide more food, feed, fuel and fiber to the world with fewer resources. A sign of this progress is the full deregulation of corn amylase for all markets by the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Corn amylase is also approved in Japan, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan, and the Philippines.
The National Corn Growers Association is pleased with the decision. NCGA president Bart Schott, a grower from Kulm, North Dakota, says corn amylase is the first processing output trait to be scrutinized by our regulatory system. The potential importance of output traits to growers and industry will only increase as more are developed.
Chad Blindauer, chairman of NCGA's Trade Policy and Biotechonology Action Team and a farmer in Mitchell, South Dakota, explained that all output traits will be valued-added crops that have the potential to allow growers to raise a product that could be beneficial to their farms in ways that are not possible right now