Mexico’s ban on GMO corn could be... opportunistic for farmers?

As the Mexico trade dispute over GMO corn continues, one farm leader is speaking out saying Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is closing off a “premium market” for U.S. corn producers.

“The Department of Agriculture during this time period has done nothing to help move farmers towards a premium market, more money in their pockets, and we think that’s a mistake and a failed, missed opportunity,” said Farm Action’s Joe Maxwell.

Joe Maxwell says non-genetically modified seed is available to producers, adding that this could lead to premiums of $0.50-$1.00 more. He says Mexico is not the first country to push back against GM corn, and it will not be the last.

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