Early Tests Show No Genetic Material in Rice Crop

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Early test results show no traces of a genetically engineered rice in this year's U.S. long-grain rice crop.

The USA Rice Federation says test results thus far from Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas show their mandatory seed-testing programs have been effective in purging transgenic traits from this year's long-grain rice crop.  Arkansas banned planting this year of two rice varieties that tested positive for traces of unapproved genetically engineered rice.

Arkansas farmers have harvested about 60 percent of this year's rice crop.  The state is expected to harvest 1.3 million acres of rice this year.  Rice was the state's most valuable crop last year, worth $892 million.

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