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8 I The Lovell Chronicle I January 28, 2009 www. LovellChronicle.com DAVID PECK Dick BrinkerhoffofLovell was busy clearing sidewalks during Saturday's big snowstorm, but even snowblowers had a tough time keeping up with the white stuff. BEETS Co.,,..e, from page impacts" that could be caused by gene-al- tered crops. The organization is asking the use of Roundup Ready technology to be halt- ed until it can be looked at closely through the NEPA process. Thomas Schwartz, Executive Vice Pres- ident of the American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists and the Beet Sugar Develop- ment Foundation in Denver, said his com- ments were limited because the organi- zation's legal team is very involved in the litigation. "We think the grounds for the injunc- tion are not solid," he said, adding that the plaintiffs took five years after the Round- up Ready seeds were approved for use to request the injunction. An injunction is usually requested to stop something that poses an imminent threat or danger, but Schwartz said the timing of the injunction request doesn't fit. "If it was so imminent, you would think they would be more concerned about it and move it a little faster," he said. '~We are con- fident Roundup Ready beets are safe for the environment and for humans." Luther Markwart, executive vice presi- dent of the American Sugar beet Grower's Association, echoed Schwartz's comments in his statement about the request for an injunction. "The plaintiffs waited five years since the biotech beets were approved, claiming imminent harm of a product used in 95 per- cent of acreage," Markwork ~Ifl: "They are asking the court to take radical action to shut down production, causing disastrous impact to 10,000 sugar beet growers and col- lateral damage to the economy in 10 states. This unreasonable request is not justified by evidence or any real or potential threat. We look forward to settling it in court." Many factors weigh against the grant- ing of an injunction, said Monsanto spokes- man Garrett Kasper. Factors include the recent 2008 Su- preme Court's decision not to grant an in- junction in the Winter vs. Natural Resource Council case. The case dealt with sonar used by the navy that critics claimed caused damage to marine mammals. The case af- firms that plaintiffs must show that irrepa- rable injury is likely in the absence of an injunction. Another factor on the side of Roundup 1 Terms to know Preliminary injunction - A temporary order made by a court at the request of one party that prevents the other party from pursuing a particular course of conduct until the conclu- sion of a trial. Roundup - a herbicide containing gly- phosate that has been on the market for 30 years. This is the same Roundup that is com- monly used to kill weeds sprouting between the cracks in your driveway. Roundup Ready - plants that have been genetically modified to be resistant to Round- up herbicide. This allows the plants to thrive even after being sprayed with the herbicide, which would kill normal sugar beet plants. The Roundup Ready system was created by Monsanto and includes varieties of corn, soy, alfalfa and a few others. Ready beets is the Supreme Court's Jan. 15, 2010 decision to grant Monsanto's peti- tion to review the Roundup Ready Alfalfa injunction, according to Kasper. Monsanto had lost an earlier case in a lower court in- volving Roundup Ready Alfalfa and an in- junction is currently in place, limiting use of the seed. The Supreme Court's decision about the fairness of the injunction placed on alfalfa could affect the outcome of the sugar beet litigation, he said. "We are confident the plaintiffs claims are contrary to these decisions and would interrupt the already existing and orderly process the Court has ordered for the rem- edy phase of the case," Kasper said. While sources had limited comments and other sugar producers and farmers chose not to comment, some other topics that will possibly be touched on during the litigation are the limited supply of viable traditional seed after GM seed has become widespread, and the possibility of creating "superweeds" that are resistant to herbi- cide. Kasper said the federal judge met with the plaintiffs and defendants on Dec. 4. "There are dramatic claims and also sound scientific arguments," he said. "We want to make sure all of the information is heard before the judgment is placed." Evidentiary files will be submitted to the court until around May, Kasper esti- mated, and the hearing should follow some- time in June. MEYER on businesses, adding to the cost of doing business. "With a small business the profit margin is already tight," she noted. "The mar- gin is so tight that it (an- other regulation) could put a business over the top and out of business. Also at the top of her list is intrusion by the feder- al government, which "im- pacts literally every county in Wyoming," she said, add- ing, '%Ve need to pull up to the table and push the feds back on issues that, I be- lieve, are truly at the state and local level. Meyer said she spent four years as Gov. Jim Ger- inger's chief of staff, work- ing closely with constituents and the issues of the day, noting, "The issues don't change much. The economy is what is the greatest inter- est to people." Visiting small communi- ties in Wyoming comes nat- urally to Meyer, she noted, because she made a prom- ise when she ran for auditor that she would get out into the state and follow what's going on in communities. "I promised I would stay in touch with local commu- nities and I have," she said, "especially the smaller com- munities. They don't prevail well in funding formulas, so frankly I try to keep my eye on them. "I've had an eye on your incubator project for a long time," she added, referring Continued from page 1 to the Lovell Inc./Town of Lovell project to refurbish the Lovell Inc. building as a business incubator. "Sometimes smaller communities don't have the number of planners and grant-writers that larger communities do," she said. "I stay in touch with the Big Horn County commission- ers. They will tell you that's been a priority of mine." Meyer said that, as governor, she would keep the federal government at arm's length, saying that, for instance, when it comes to health Care reform, she prefers an incremental ap- proach to changing the sys- tem. "I don't have great faith in the federal government knowing how to run a fed- eral health care plan effi- ciently," she said, adding that the federal government does not have a good track record with Social Security and Medicare. Overall, she said, she's optimistic about Wyoming's future, adding that she has seen a lot of good things happening across the state. EXPERIENCE Meyer said she has a unique combination of expe- rience in agriculture, small business, government and the military. During her four years as chief of staff, she said, she earned executive level ex- perience in the operation of state government, working with boards and commis- sions and the state budget. She has also served on vari- ous state boards, including the State Loan and Invest- ment Board, as state audi- tor and served on the Uni- versity of Wyoming Board of Trustees and is currently a member of the UW College of Business advisory coun- cil. "I understand a day in the life of service to Wyo- ming and that it's a seven- day-a-week job," Meyer said. "I understand the demands and the pressure." During her 23-year rail- itary career, she served in both Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of the Wyo- ming Air National Guard, retiring as a full colonel in 2007. She also knows private business, she said, helping her husband, Dr. Charlie Meyer, run his dental prac- tice in Laramie for 14 years until the family moved to Cheyenne when she went full time with the Air Na- tional Guard. "I understand payroll and that the owner isn't paid until the staff is paid," she said. "That built me into a tough decision-maker." Finally, she said, she understands agriculture on the ground level, raised on ranches in northeast Ne- braska and then western Nebraska. She said she grew up milking cows at 4:30 a.m. The Town of Lovell urges you to be a responsible pet owner and is helping sponsor a Spay, Neuter and Vaccination Clinic February 8-72, 2070. A 20% discount if appointment is made in advance. .... Full payment is required the day of service. 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