An engineered trait known as MIR 162 has caused chaos and billions of dollars to the corn farming industry, including those corn farms in Illinois. Syngenta Corporation did not obtain import approval from China for the MIR 162 strain of corn seed prior to releasing, marketing and selling it to Illinois farmers. This strain has been genetically modified to be more resistant to insects and other pests. It was supposed to be helpful to farmers but instead, it has caused entire crops to be turned away at the Chinese import borders. Millions of bushels of corn have been turned away, leaving farmers to take the biggest hit.
This situation began in 2013 and has continued to affect Illinois and other corn farmers across the nation. The chaos has caused a total rejection of all U.S. corn and corn by products, including the crops grown by farmers who did not plant or harvest the Syngenta MIR 162 seeds. China has since approved the seed, however the ripple effect in the corn market can still be felt.
Many class action lawsuits have been filed by corn farmers against Syngenta, however in some situations it may be better for the farmer to not pursue the class action and to instead file an individual case in Illinois. If you are a farmer who was or has been affected by the non-approved Syngenta MIR 162 corn seed, please give us a call at (800) 517-1614 to go over your personal situation. Because each situation is different, each situation will warrant individual attention. We may be able to help. There is no cost for a consultation and we only get paid if we take the case on and are successful.
There is a class action lawsuit for these problems, but in our opinion, the damages are so great that it’s better for farmers to opt out of the class (in most cases) and pursue their individual cases. The worry is that otherwise they will not be adequately compensated. Our goal is to make sure that each individual farmer is made whole for their losses. If you’d like our help we are available 24/7 at (800) 517-1614 or you can fill out our contact page and we’ll call you.