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Survey of American corn growers shows ninety-one percent support for Country Of Origin Labeling (COOL)

(Thursday, May 8, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- The following is a news release from the American Corn Growers Association.

Contact: Larry Mitchell, (202) 835-0330

KEARNEY, Neb.- May 8, 2003-Keith Dittrich, president of the American Corn Growers Association (ACGA) and a corn farmer from Tilden, Neb., announced his organizations support for Country Of Origin Labeling of the nation's food today as another in a series of U.S. Department of Agriculture sponsored Country of Origin Labeling listening sessions was held in Kearney, Neb.

"When asked in a recent poll, 91 percent of corn farmers agreed that the USDA should follow the law as passed by Congress and its intent by requiring Country of Origin labeling on imported meat from foreign countries."

The recently completed national survey of corn producers by the American Corn Growers Foundation (ACGF), was conducted by Robinson and Muenster Associates, Inc. of Sioux Falls, S.D. and completed on April 17, 2003 polled 511 corn farmers in the fourteen major corn producing states that represent 86 percent of total 2003 prospective corn acres according to the USDA's prospective corn plantings report issued March 31. The ACGF random, scientific survey has a margin of error of +/- 4.4 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. More complete survey data, will be posted on the ACGF website, www.acgf.org in the near future.

"With such a large percentage of the corn farms supporting implementation of this 'law of the land', it is difficult to fathom any farm organization opposing it, much less organization representing corn farmers. ACGA gives our full endorsement to proper implementation of the Country of Origin Labeling Law and calls upon all commodity groups to do the same. We also call upon Congress to pass similar legislation to provide country of origin labeling for all food sold in the U.S."

The American Corn Growers Association represents 14,000 members in 35 states. See http://www.acga.org .