Past Biotechnology Meetings
Below is a list of past biotechnology meetings that APHIS has led or led in coordination with other organizations.
BRS Stakeholder Meeting, November 2013
On November 20, 2013, APHIS' BRS hosted a stakeholder meeting to provide information and an opportunity to comment on current biotechnology regulatory activities and processes.
Freeze Tolerant Eucalyptus EIS Scoping Meetings, April 2013
On April 17 and 18, 2013, APHIS' BRS hosted two online virtual public meetings soliciting public comment on the scope of a draft EIS being prepared for freeze tolerant eucalyptus deregulation.
BRS Stakeholder Meeting, December 2012
On December 13, 2012, APHIS' BRS hosted a stakeholder meeting to provide information and an opportunity for discussion on current biotechnology regulatory activities and processes.
BRS Stakeholder Meeting, December 2011
On December 13, 2011, APHIS' BRS hosted a stakeholder meeting to provide information and an opportunity for discussion on current biotechnology regulatory activities and processes.
BRS Stakeholder Meeting, December 2010
On December 1, 2010, APHIS' BRS hosted a stakeholder meeting to provide information and an opportunity for discussion on current biotechnology regulatory activities and processes.
BRS Stakeholder Meeting, November 2009
On November 17, 2009, APHIS BRS held an issue-focused meeting on current biotechnology regulatory activities for stakeholders in Riverdale, MD.
APHIS/DOE Biofuels Workshop
On June 16-17, 2009, APHIS conducted a workshop in coordination with the Department of Energy to explore the potential environmental impact of genetically engineered cellulosic biofuels in Riverdale, MD.
Public Meeting on Proposed Rule for Biotechnology Regulations
29-30, 2009, APHIS held an issue-focused public meeting on a proposed rule to revise existing regulations regarding the importation, interstate movement and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms in Riverdale, Md.
Scoping Meeting on Proposed Rule for Biotechnology Regulations
On March 13, 2009, APHIS held a public scoping session at its Riverdale, Md., facility to discuss the agenda and format for public meeting(s) to be held in April 2009 on a proposed rule to revise existing regulations regarding the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms. The scoping session served to identify the full range of topics for the agenda as well as to solicit recommendations from participants regarding collaborative meeting formats that would best ensure focused, substantive dialogue at the April meeting(s).
Proposed Regulatory Changes Public Meetings
In October and November 2008, APHIS held public forums in three locations in order to provide opportunities for the public to comment on the proposed rule. The format consisted of informational posters and comment stations where attendees were able interact APHIS personnel and provide comments.
BRS Stakeholder Meeting, October 2008
APHIS held a meeting for stakeholders in October 2008, Riverdale, MD, to provide an update on the changes it has made to its biotechnology risk assessment and compliance processes over the past couple of years.
Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Public Meetings
APHIS held four public forums on August 1 & 3, 2007 in Riverdale, MD; August 16, 2007 in Davis, CA; and August 30, 2007 in Kansas City, MO to gather feedback on its Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
BRS Stakeholder Meeting Days
In July-October of 2005, BRS hosted meetings for stakeholders that served as listening sessions on issues related to the programmatic environmental impact statement.
Public Meetings on Scoping of Creeping Bentgrass Environmental Impact Statement
On May 3, 2005 and May 18, 2005, BRS hosted two public forums to accept public comments on a new variety of genetically engineered (GE) creeping bentgrass. BRS is preparing an environmental impact statement concerning a petition received from Monsanto Company and the Scotts Company to grant nonregulated status to a new variety GE herbicide–tolerant creeping bentgrass. If granted, the GE variety could be sold and grown in the United States without further BRS oversight.
Customer Service Workshops
On October 19, 2004, BRS hosted a customer service workshop that focused on the new ePermits system for the notification procedure.
Workshop on Confinement of Genetically Engineered Crops During Field Testing
On September 13-15, 2004, BRS hosted a workshop on biological dispersal and confinement of genetically engineered crops during field testing in Riverdale, MD.
National Association of the State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Meeting
On June 17-18, 2004, BRS hosted a workshop with the State Departments of Agriculture to discuss possible revisions of APHIS regulations (7CFR340).
On June 2-3, 2004, BRS co-sponsored a workshop with the PEW Initiative on Food and Biotechnology called "Impacts of Biotech Regulation on Small Business and University Research: Possible Barriers and Potential Solutions." The workshop examined the impacts of regulatory policies on research and development and product commercialization in small business and academic settings.
In February and March 2004, BRS held 22 public meetings to discuss issues associated with the BRS proposal to revise its regulations as part of our ongoing efforts to make the regulatory process and its scientific basis more transparent.
Genetically Engineered Forest and Fruit Trees: Public Meeting
On July 8-9, 2003, APHIS held a public meeting to discuss issues related to genetically engineered forest and fruit trees.
Biotechnology-Derived Perennial Turf and Forage Grasses Workshop
In January 2003, APHIS sponsored a workshop in coordination with the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology to develop criteria for evaluating genetically engineered perennial truf and forage grasses.
Virus-Resistant Transgenic Plants Public Meeting
On August 5, 1997, APHIS held a public meeting to discuss issues related to the use of transgenes from plant viruses in the development of genetically engineered plants.
Meeting on the Use of Exotic Viruses Under Contained Conditions
In December 1992, APHIS held a meeting to discuss the use of exotic viruses under contained conditions.
Workshop on Safeguards for Planned Introduction of Transgenic Tomatoes
In August 1992, APHIS sponsored a workshop on safeguards for planned introduction of transgenic tomatoes.
Workshop on Safeguards for Planned Introduction of Transgenic Potato
In August 1991, APHIS sponsored a workshop on safeguards for planned introduction of transgenic potatoes.
Workshop on Safeguards for Planned Introduction of Transgenic Canola
In October 1990, APHIS sponsored a workshop on safeguards for planned introduction of transgenic oilseed crucifers.
Workshop on Safeguards for Planned Introduction of Transgenic Corn and Wheat
In December 1990, APHIS sponsored a workshop on safeguards for planned introduction of transgenic corn and wheat.