9th Circuit Blocks Immediate Sugar Beet Removal

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The following is an article from Capital Press:

By WES SANDER

A federal appeals court has blocked immediate destruction of the root crop for biotech sugar beets.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stayed an injunction granted on Nov. 30 by federal Judge Jeffrey White. White had ordered that beet stecklings, the root stock for eventual seed-producing plants, must be plowed under by Dec. 14.


The process was to have started late Tuesday with official notices from USDA to the seed companies. The stay freezes White’s order until Dec. 23, giving USDA time to appeal White’s decision. The 9th Circuit has set a briefing schedule that extends into February.

Stecklings are normally removed for transplanting in January and February.

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