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Genuity Smartstax RIB Complete - APPROVED

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Regulatory Approvals Received for Genuity® SmartStax® RIB CompleteTM Products
Industry's first single-bag refuge solution for corn

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has approved the industry's first, single-bag refuge solution for corn. With this regulatory authorization, Canadian farmers will be able to benefit from the simplicity, convenience and refuge compliance benefits that Genuity® SmartStax® RIB Complete™ products provide.

Previously, the Genuity® SmartStax® trait technology was approved for a reduced refuge requirement of just 5% of planted acres. With the RIB Complete™ approvals, products based on this technology can now have the seed required for refuge acres incorporated into the same single bag of seed.

Each bag of RIB Complete™ (Refuge In A Bag Complete) product will contain a blend of 95 percent Genuity® SmartStax® corn seed and 5 percent refuge (i.e. non-Bt
) seed that farmers can plant across their entire field. Farmers who use these products will no longer need to plant a separate, structured refuge for insect pests.

In corn production, a refuge is an integral component of resistance management and provides a shelter for insects susceptible to Bt technology so that any rare individual insects that survive after feeding on Bt corn can mate with susceptible insects and produce susceptible offspring. This preserves Bt technology that helps corn plants protect themselves from pests that feed on the plants, damage them and ultimately reduced yield for farmers.

There are several benefits associated with RIB Complete™ products. First and foremost, we're providing farmers with a single-bag solution to satisfy refuge requirements associated with the use of these advanced corn technologies. The simplicity and convenience associated with managing just one type of seed bag and the savings in time and labour of not having to plan and plant a separate, structured refuge is significant in and of itself.

However, with RIB Complete™ products, we're able to go even further. We're also supporting automatic compliance with CFIA-mandated refuge requirements, which makes good stewardship practices even easier to follow, and, in turn, supports the long term use, effectiveness and viability of these corn technologies. Finally, we're also making it easier for farmers to take advantage of the availability of more high yielding traited acres associated with a reduced refuge requirement of just 5% of planted acres.

With these approvals, Genuity® SmartStax® RIB Complete™ hybrids will be the only products available with a 5% refuge requirement for both above- and below-ground in a single bag.

For more information on RIB Complete™, please visit
Genuitytraits.ca.


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