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FCIC BOARD APPROVES ADDITIONAL STATES FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY PILOT

Washington, Jul 24, 2009 – USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Board of Directors, at its Jun 25, 2009 meeting, approved Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio for a premium rate reduction for producers who plant Agrisure® 3000GT and Agrisure® CB/LL/RW corn hybrids for non-irrigated corn for grain beginning in the 2010 crop year.

The Board also approved Kansas and Nebraska for a premium rate reduction for producers who plant Agrisure® 3000GT and Agrisure® CB/LL/RW corn hybrids irrigated corn for grain beginning in the 2010 crop year.

The request to add these States and practice was submitted by John Deere Risk Protection, Inc., in conjunction with Syngenta Seeds, Inc.

RMA and the applicable submitters are now developing a revised endorsement document and associated procedures for 2010.