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Feb 2, 2011 5:01 PM by Bea Karnes

Plan would allow biotech crops on refuges

DENVER (AP)-Federal officials have completed a draft environmental assessment of the potential effects of planting Roundup Ready crops on land in the National Wildlife Refuge System.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says farming on those lands can help control noxious weeds before those areas can be reseeded with native plants.

In 2009, farmed refuge system land in a region covering Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming included about 6,175 acres of genetically modified corn and soybeans.

The Fish and Wildlife Service says it's taking another look at the use of those crops, now that more farmers are using them. The draft assessment proposes continuing to allow the crops.

The public can comment on the draft through March 4.



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