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Specialty Crops Regulatory Initiative

Recommendations from a workshop, “Public Research and the Regulatory Review of Small-Market (Specialty) Biotechnology-Derived Crops,” held November 8-9, 2004, resulted in a new Specialty Crops Regulatory Initiative. Over 125 federal, academic and private-sector leaders at the workshop discussed how the public research sector, regulatory agencies and the private sector could collaborate to facilitate the regulatory review of specialty (small market) biotechnology-derived crops. The workshop was organized through the leadership and planning of several USDA agencies – the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, the Agricultural Research Service, and the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service—along with Langston University and the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy (NCFAP). NCFAP is a Washington-based non-profit policy research organization. NIFA, USDA National Program Leaders Ann Marie Thro (Plant Breeding and Genomics); William R. Goldner (Small Business Innovation Research); Eldon Ortman, (IPA), Edward Kaleikau (Plant Genome); and Daniel Jones (Biotechnology), along with representatives from NCFAP, Langston University, ARS, /and APHIS, served on the Steering Committee. Ann Marie Thro and William Goldner of NIFA served as Committee Co-Chairs.


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