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3:44 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Study: Genetically modified beets are crucial to producers’ profit margins

University of Wyoming researchers have found that Wyoming sugar beet producers would stand to lose about 12 percent of profits if they were no longer able to grow genetically modified beets.

Agricultural economics research scientist Brian Lee was the primary investigator for the study.

“There’s research out there that suggests that Roundup Ready Sugar Beets can produce anywhere from five to 15 percent higher yields than conventional beets. So, we kind of used that as a basis for our analysis and changed that to a dollar figure.”

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