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USDA Grants Protection to 13 New Plant Varieties

AMS No. 096-09

Jimmie Turner (202) 720-6179
Billy Cox (202) 720-8998

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2009 --The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued certificates of protection to developers of 13 new varieties of seed-reproduced and tuber-propagated plants. They include barley, bean, pea, triticale, soybean and wheat.

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 13 certificates are:

-- the Valor* variety of barley, developed by Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station, University Park, Pa.;

-- the ND-307* variety of field bean, developed by NDSU Research Foundation, Fargo, N.D.;

-- the Bistro variety of pea, developed by Brotherton Seed Co. Inc., Moses Lake, Wash.;

-- the 888 variety of triticale, developed by Resource Seeds, Inc, Gilroy, Calif.;

-- the 93Y20, RJS18001, and RJS31001 varieties of soybean, developed by Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., Johnston, Iowa;

-- the Volante and RSI 59 varieties of durum wheat, developed by Resource Seeds, Inc., Gilroy, Calif.;

-- the NH03614 CL* variety of common wheat, developed by Board of Regents, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.; and

-- the Lariat, Blanca Royale and Blanca Fuerte varieties of common wheat, developed by Resource Seeds, Inc., Gilroy, Calif.

* 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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