The U.S. Supreme Court Monday bolstered Monsanto Co.’s ability to control the use of its genetically modified seeds, ruling that companies can block efforts to circumvent patents on self replicating technologies.
The stakes for farmers and Monsanto are enormous: Bowman seeks to overturn lower and appellate court judgments against him for violating plant patents held by Monsanto when he bought, and later planted and harvested, Roundup Ready (RR) soybeans from a local elevator.
The court case poses the question of whether an Indiana farmer's actions violated the patent rights held by Monsanto, which developed soybean and other seeds that survive when farmers spray their fields with the company's Roundup brand weed-killer.
At any point in the growing and harvest seasons Monsanto likely will know the dates, times, acreages, soil types, weather, seeding rates, yield, moisture content — in short, just about every hard number connected to any field — that uses its Precision technology anywhere in the world.
In S.D., all one needs is to be Republican
To the Editor:
I know you won’t put this in your paper since you helped so much to condemn the Obama presidency. But I want you to know how depressed I am about the attitude politically here in South Dakota.
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