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South Dakota farm fined $25,000 for PVP seed violation

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Syngenta collects a $25,000 settlement from a South Dakota farm for brown bagging patent protected winter wheat seed.

Syngenta has obtained a $25,000 settlement from Paul and John Mayclin, Mayclin Farms, Plankinton, S.D., for violation of the Plant Variety Protection Act violation.  The violation involved the unauthorized sale of Syngenta’s AgriPro brand winter wheat variety SY Wolf. The practice is commonly called "brown bagging."

The PVP Act protects seed from being sold, re-sold or used to produce seed without permission of the developer. The law allows for legal action against all parties involved in transactions including the seller, buyer, cleaner, grain elevator and others.

“We owe it to our seed associates and producers who follow the law and buy their certified seed legally to prevent illegal use of our federally protected seed,” said Darcy Pawlik, product marketing lead for Syngenta’s cereals business, in a statement. “We must stop illegal use of our genetics if we are to have a forward-looking seed industry with continued improvements in good quality grain.”

Introduced to the public for planting in 2011, SY Wolf is one of several varieties of PVP-protected wheat marketed by Syngenta under its AgriPro seed brand

There’s a confidential tip line to use if you suspect PVP violations are occurring. Email tips@farmersyieldinitiative.com or call (877) 482-5907.

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