USDA, Monsanto sign agreement over crop insurance premiums

12/26/2007 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

The USDA has collaborated with Monsanto Co. to give farmers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota who plant Monsanto's corn seed varieties a break on federal crop insurance premiums. The arrangement has stirred criticism particularly among organic farm groups, but the agency clarified that the deal is legal. "Other companies can come and do the same thing. We are making the discount available because the corn has shown the traits necessary to reduce the risk," a spokeswoman for the USDA said.

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