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Details of Syngenta Settlement With Corn Growers Announced

Author: 
Paul Goeringer
Image of corn being harvested by combine and dumping onto grain cart pulled by tractor.  Image by Steven Baird

Image by Steven Baird

            In September 2017, Syngenta agreed to settle claims brought by U.S. farmers for bringing Viptera and Duracade corn varieties to market before approval in China.  On March 12, 2018, Syngenta formally announced that it would be settling all U.S. corn growers, grain handlers, and ethanol plant claims for $1.51 billion.  This settlement, from media reports, will include all U.S. corn farmers including those who opted out of the original class action suit and those who grew Agrisure Duracade Corn and/or Agrisure Viptera corn varieties.  The settlement will be for a period starting after September 15, 2013, and continue through the 2018 crop year.  You are not required to retain an attorney to assist you in collecting on this settlement.

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