Kansas and Missouri Corn Farmers Lawyers against Syngenta
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Did you farm corn in 2013 or 2014?


If you grew corn in 2013 or 2014 regardless of what seed you used you have a claim. The attorneys at Copley Roth & Davies want to help you pursue that claim. To get a better understanding of how Syngenta caused you harm read below. If you have further questions of would like to pursue a claim call our office today.

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Timeline -How Syngenta hurt the U.S. Corn Farmer.

2011

*Syngenta Seeds, Inc. and its affiliates released a new transgenic corn seed to resist certain pests called Viptera seed.

*The U.S. approved Viptera seed for human consumption, but many of the U.S. import partners did not, e.g., China and the E.U. Nonetheless, Syngenta launched Viptera to capture market share ahead of competitors.

2013

June:
* Corn was trading at $7.00 per bushel
* China first detected GMO corn. Price immediately dropped from there.

October:
*Corn was trading at $4.63 per bushel.

November:
*China detects Viptera corn in a U.S. corn shipment from Cargill, rejects the shipment, and the media worldwide announced the rejection. China continued to reject shipments of U.S. corn until eventually banning all shipments of U.S. corn in February 2014.

2014

January:
* The National Grain and Feed Association and the North American Export Grain Association issue a joint statement demanding Syngenta "halt commercializing in the U.S. of (Viptera) corn".

February:
* China bans U.S. corn shipments

March:
* The National Grain Industry Trade Group issues a memo to the U.S. stating that it is inevitable that Viptera will contaminate the entire U.S. corn crop and Syngenta should bear the economic consequences.

* The Associations issue a study that concludes that Syngenta's premature launch of Viptera will cost the U.S. corn supply chain approximately 1.95 billion in connection with the U.S. 2013 corn harvest (of which, approximately 1.14 billion will be borne by U.S corn farmers).


How did Syngenta hurt the U.S. Corn Farmer?

After Viptera received U.S. regulatory approval, Syngenta offered farmers a "side-by-side program" which encouraged farmers to plant Viptera corn adjacent to other corn seed.

Syngenta encouraged this side-by-side planting process despite the known contamination risks in doing so. Syngenta knew that commingling different varieties of corn is a risk during the planting, harvesting, drying, storage, and transportation process. Once released, a corn variety will, without adequate precautions, contaminate the broader corn supply.

By promoting the side-by-side program, Syngenta helped spread the amount of Viperta that would appear in the U.S. corn supply, thus putting exports to countries that had not approved the trait at risk.

Syngenta also knew, or should have known, that commingling would result in Chinese regulatory officials rejecting shipments of U.S. corn.

China was the seventh largest corn import market for the 2009-2010 crop year with widespread predictions that it would move into the top five by 2011-2012. By 2013, China had moved into the top 3 export markets for U.S. corn. However, corn trade between the United States and China declined drastically in January 2014 after the trade disruption resulting from detection of Viptera.

On or about November 2013, Chinese regulatory officials began rejecting cargo shipments of U.S. corn after the shipments tested positive for the trace presence of Viptera corn.


What claims do the U.S. corn Farmers have against Syngenta?

Lawsuits against Syngenta seek to recover damages to the U.S. corn market from Syngenta's introduction of genetically modified corn, which has caused major countries (China, etc.) to reject U.S. corn. This has caused the price of U.S. corn to drop roughly 25% or more, resulting in damages to farmers and others in the stream of corn sales.

Those financially harmed by Syngenta's devaluation of the U.S. corn market prices include not only corn farmers, but also all others with a financial interest in the sale volume and price of corn, potentially including silo owners and landowners leasing farmland to farmers (provided that the landowner retained an interest in the crop production and sale).

Syngenta, the Swiss-based maker of seeds and agricultural chemicals, is facing an onslaught of lawsuits tied to its Viptera strain of corn. Syngenta sold Viptera to U.S. farmers without first obtaining import approval from Beijing. China no longer accepts corn from the United States, thus causing billions of dollars in damages to U.S. farmers.

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