NE Iowa Farmer Responds to Mexico’s Corn Ban

A proposed ban on GM corn in Mexico would have an impact on our farmers here in Iowa if implemented.

Mark Mueller, a Bremer County farmer and director of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, says they are working with groups in Mexico to try to sustain this market.

He doesn’t want the birthplace of corn to be contaminated by pollen from genetically modified corn. Well, that’s a bit short-sighted because Mexico can’t harvest enough corn on its own. They don’t grow enough corn to feed their livestock…they don’t look at the long-term consequences, or even the short-term consequences.

On Monday, the United States threatened legal action against Mexico’s plan to ban imports of genetically modified corn in 2024.

Photo by Cole Wyland on Unsplash

Photo by Cole Wyland on Unsplash

In a statement to Reuters, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said the ban on GM corn would have a significant impact on the US

Mexico’s import ban would cause massive economic losses to Mexico’s agribusiness and citizens, as well as impose an unjustified burden on US farmers.

On Tuesday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he was seeking an agreement with Washington on the matter. He also clarified that the ban on GM corn would only affect yellow corn intended for human consumption, not livestock.

This clarification helps address the concerns of farmers like Mueller, who ship 17 million tons of corn to Mexico annually.

Our biggest buyer of pork is just south of the border in Mexico, and whether my corn ends up in Mexico as grain or there like on the hoof or slaughter. There are many avenues that leave the land and do not remain in the form of grain.

There are still questions about the ban on CMO corn in Mexico and how it will actually be implemented. These include whether Mexico will halve its imports of yellow corn by 2024 or how long it will take to extend livestock.

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Mark Mueller is a fourth generation farmer producing no-till corn, soybeans, alfalfa, specialty beans, forage rye and corn for silage. Let’s take a look at his operations.

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