The Oregon Farm Bureau is fighting a proposed ban from organic farmers to prohibit genetically modified crops in Jackson County.
Some Midwest sugar beet growers have joined the Oregon Farm Bureau in giving a total of $75,000 to defeat a homegrown ballot measure.
The sugar beet industry wants to protect a major source of the seed it relies on.
“We oppose any prohibition on the production of biotech crops in any county,” said Luther Markwart of the Sugar Beet Growers Association from Washington, D.C. “The reason it is important to us is there is what we refer to as basic seed that is grown in the county.”
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