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USDA Announces Deregulation of Increased Yield, Herbicide-Resistant GE Soybean

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is deregulating a soybean variety, developed by Verdeca, LLC (Verdeca), genetically engineered (GE) for increased yield potential and resistance to the herbicide glufosinate.  

As part of the petition process, APHIS prepared a draft plant pest risk assessment (PPRA) and draft environmental assessment (EA), and made these documents available for a 30-day public review and comment period on March 13, 2019. 

APHIS considered all of the public comments and conducted a thorough review of the potential environmental impacts in its final EA pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), reaching a finding of no significant impact (FONSI).  

APHIS concluded in its final PPRA that this GE soybean variety is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk to agricultural crops or other plants in the United States and is deregulating it effective August 7, 2019. 

| View the Federal Register Notice |

| View the Determination of Nonregulated Status |

| View the Finding of No Significant Impact |

| View the Final Plant Pest Risk Assessment |

| View the Final Environmental Assessment |

| View the Petition |

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