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The Adoption of Genetically Engineered Crop Varieties in Wisconsin
Research Reports No. 13, April 2005
by Jeanne Merrill, Jessica Goldberger, and Jeremy Foltz

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The introduction of genetically engineered (GE) corn, cotton, and soybeans in the U.S. agricultural market in the mid-1990s was started with great fanfare and controversy. Despite the promises of GE crop promoters, the initial adoption rate of GE crops across the U.S. was mixed—some GE crops were rapidly adopted and others were not. Now that nearly a decade has passed since GE crops were first introduced, it is possible to more fully analyze their adoption patterns. In this report, we analyze the state of GE crop adoption in Wisconsin and explore adoption issues. Since 1998 the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Program on Agricultural Technology Studies (PATS) has surveyed Wisconsin producers about their practices and experiences with genetically engineered corn and soybeans. GE crop adoption trends in Wisconsin follow a similar pattern to the U.S., as a whole, and may shed some light on GE crop adoption issues for the country. We analyze survey data from the 2001 and 2003 growing seasons to update PATS findings from the late 1990s.

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