The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold five public meetings across the South to hear people's opinions about using genetically modified crops on wildlife refuges as food for migrating waterfowl. Until this year, farmers working under a cooperative agreement could plant such crops on 44,000 acres, about 1 percent of the land in 129 refuges across 10 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The agency's Southeast Region barred biotech crops after environmental groups sued.
A similar suit ended use of G-M-O crops in the agency's 10-state Northeast Region. The meetings are part of a new environmental assessment. The meeting closest to the WKMS listening area is on June 11th in Dyersburg, Tennessee.