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USDA Grants Protection to 12 New Plant Varieties

AMS No. 042-09

Jimmie Turner (202) 720-8998
Billy Cox (202) 720-8998

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2009 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued certificates of protection to developers of 12 new varieties of seed-reproduced and tuber-propagated plants. They include bentgrass, bluegrass, fescue, lettuce and soybean.

The certificates are being issued under the Plant Variety Protection Act. The certificates require that the varieties be new, distinct, uniform and stable. The owners will have the exclusive right to reproduce, sell, import and export their products in the United States for the duration of protection.

The 12 certificates are:

-- the 007* variety of creeping bentgrass, developed by Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., and R.H. Hurley, East Stroudsburg, Pa.;

-- the Mercury variety of Kentucky bluegrass, developed by Pickseed West, Inc., Albany, Ore., and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, N.J.;

-- the Blue Velvet and Ginney varieties of Kentucky bluegrass, developed by J.R. Simplot Company, Post Falls, Idaho;

-- the Forrest Green variety of tall fescue, developed by Blue Moon Farms, L.L.C., Lebanon, Ore.;

-- the Lucan variety of lettuce, developed by Syngenta Seeds, Inc., Nampa, Idaho;

-- the Torreto, Unisun, and Ridgeline varieties of lettuce, developed by Orsetti Seed Company, Inc., Hollister, Calif.;

-- the PS 06516090 variety of lettuce, developed by Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Inc., Oxnard, Calif.; and

-- the RJS26001and RJS33001 varieties of soybean, developed by Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., Johnston, Iowa.

* In the United States, seed of this variety shall be sold by variety name only as a class of certified seed, and shall conform to the number of generations specified by the owner of the rights (84 STAT. 1542, as amended, 7 U.S.C. 2321 ET SEQ).

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service administers the Plant Variety Protection Act, which provides time-limited marketing protection to developers of new and distinct seed-reproduced and tuber-propagated plants ranging from farm crops to flowers.

For more information, contact the Plant Variety Protection Office at (301) 504-5518; fax (301) 504-5291; or the Internet at
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