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Biotechnology Meeting Archive

 

Below is a list of past biotechnology meetings that APHIS has led or led in coordination with other organizations.

2014

Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Dow AgroSciences' 2,4-D-Resistant Crops
On January 29, 2014, APHIS held a virtual public meeting to receive comments on a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for three petitions for nonregulated status. The DEIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of one corn and two soybean varieties genetically engineered (GE) by Dow AgroSciences, LLC (Dow) to be resistant to the herbicide known as 2,4-D, and several other herbicides.

2013

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.

Dow's 2,4-D-Resistant Crops and Monsanto Dicamba-Resistant Crops EIS Scoping Meetings, June 2013
On June 26 and 27, 2013, APHIS' BRS hosted two online virtual public meetings soliciting public comment on the scope of two draft EISs being prepared for Dow's 2,4-D-resistant crops, and Monsanto's dicamba-resistant crops, seeking determinations of nonregulated status.

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.


2012

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.

2011

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.


2010

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.


2009

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 
On April 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).


2008

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.


2007

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).


2005

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.


2004

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).

PEW Meeting
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.

Stakeholder Meetings 
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.


2003

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.


1997

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.


1992

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.


1991

Workshop on Safeguards for Planned Introduction of Transgenic Potato 
In August 1991, APHIS sponsored a workshop on safeguards for planned introduction of transgenic potatoes.


1990

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.

 



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