Major producers of genetically modified seeds, including Monsanto Co and Bayer AG, have long barred U.S. farmers from saving seeds after harvest to replant – a condition that allows the companies to charge every year for the technology.
Now, a smaller challenger, Stine Seed, wants to disrupt that practice.
Next year, family-owned Stine says it will give about 200 farmers in a pilot program the chance to replant genetically modified soybean seeds. The program is expanding after launching this year with about 50 farmers.
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If Stine’s program succeeds and expands further, it would represent the renewal of a technique that major seed developers view as a threat to the commercial value of their intellectual property.
Seeds in Stine’s program will include those containing a genetic trait called LibertyLink, which was developed by Bayer and licensed by Stine, and that’s created tension between the companies.
Stine plans to limit its seed-saving program to farmers willing to allow the company the option to buy the new genetically modified seed grown by farmers during each harvest.
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