Senate panel acts on international seed treaty

Treaty is a simple and non-controversial solution to enable exchange of plant materials globally.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently approved the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food & Agriculture, which agricultural groups support. The treaty is a simple and non-controversial solution to enable the exchange of plant materials globally.

This action follows a May 19 hearing on the treaty that included testimony from John Schoenecker, director of intellectual property at HM Clause, on behalf of the American Seed Trade Assn. (ASTA).

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