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Farm Press Release

Wednesday, November 29, 2000
Contact: Bob Brammer, 515-281-6699

Statement of the Iowa Attorney General's Office

Comment on continuing multi-state efforts by State Attorneys General to protect the interests of farmers, elevators and others in the StarLink corn situation.

A meeting was conducted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Iowa Attorney General's Office in Des Moines between officials of Aventis CropScience, the maker of StarLink corn, and representatives of several State attorney general's offices.

The discussion focused on issues pending between Aventis and the StarLink Working Group of sixteen state attorneys general which is led by Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. States represented at the meeting in person or via telephone were Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Kentucky. The attorneys general representatives will report to the full Working Group on Thursday. Aventis was represented at the meeting by Randall A. Jones, Deputy General Counsel, North America, and James W. Gray, State Affairs Manager, Midwest Environmental Affairs.

Aventis reiterated an assurance it made yesterday, suspending indefinitely the previously-announced December 1 deadline for farmers to sign up for Aventis's "SES" or StarLink Enhanced Stewardship program, under which participating farmers may receive certain payments in exchange for farmers taking steps to keep StarLink segregated from other corn and ultimately directed to approved sites for animal feed or other approved uses.

In the meeting, the state attorneys general continued to push Aventis for assurances to protect the interests of farmers, elevators and others affected by the StarLink corn situation.

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