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September 02, 2010

LITTLE ROCK - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that he has launched an inquiry into the marketing practices of the Monsanto Company regarding its Roundup Ready 2 Yield (RR2) soybean trait.

In a Civil Investigative Demand sent today to Monsanto's general counsel, McDaniel asked the company to produce information to substantiate its claims that the RR2 trait produces higher yields than the less costly Roundup Ready (RR1) trait. Monsanto has cited the higher yields as justification for announced price increases of as much as 42 percent for RR2 seed compared to RR1.

"With production costs rising year after year, it's more important than ever that Arkansas farmers have confidence in the investments they make in their crops," McDaniel said. "It's my responsibility as the state's consumer advocate to gather information from Monsanto and determine whether our farmers are paying for a product that works as advertised."

Monsanto has consistently claimed that Roundup Ready 2 soybeans produce significantly higher yields than Roundup Ready 1 soybeans. However, independent tests have questioned whether RR2 soybeans can deliver such high yields. Some studies even suggested that RR1 yields were better than RR2 yields in some areas of the country.

Arkansas farmers planted more than 3 million acres of soybeans in 2008, 2009 and 2010.