“We are all experiencing a growing concern for food safety,” says Gary Anderson of CHS, Inc., and NAEGA chairman. “It’s critical that farmers and the rest of the supply chain follow industry guidelines to ensure a safe supply of grains and oilseeds, and maintain our reputation as a supplier of high quality agricultural products.”  

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, last year the United States exported 1.9 billion bushels of corn and 1.5 billion bushels of soybeans. At $3.83 per bushel for corn and $9.97 per bushel for soybeans, the export market put more than $21 billion in the pockets of U.S. farmers during the 2010 marketing year.

Since 1888, Alan Kemper and his family have been farming corn and soybeans in the Lafayette, Ind., area.

“I work hard every day to help provide a safe and abundant supply of food, fiber and feed,” says Kemper who is ASA’s president. “It is important to my livelihood and to the U.S. economy that this nation keeps its reputation as a leading supplier of high quality grains.”

Ray Gaesser, also with ASA, says it can be difficult to dispose of treated seed, but he understands there is no tolerance for it.

“It’s important to maintain supply purity,” says Gaesser who farms in the Corning, Iowa, area. “We plant a variety of genetics and traits and if there is an opened or leftover bag, we put it in the fertilizer spreader and spread it in the fall.

“It’s hard sometimes to do those things, but it’s the right thing to do to keep our customers satisfied and not jeopardize the export market or our grain elevators.”