GROWER OPPORTUNITY ZONES
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NON-GE SEED PRODUCTION AREAS

AP-SENSITIVE GOZ. This is a zone for seed production of APS alfalfa seed and conventional alfalfa seed. As outlined in NAFA Best Management Practices for Genetically Enhanced Alfalfa Seed Production, GEA seed production would not be allowed in an APS GOZ.

The following APS GOZs have been grower requested/approved - click to link to the GOZ map identifying GOZ boundaries for each:

Parts of Canyon & Owyhee Counties, ID and Malheur County, OR (January, 2012)
Part of Park County, WY (January, 2012)
Phillips and Blaine Counties, MT (April, 2015)
Stillwater and parts of Yellowstone Counties, MT (August, 2015)
Parts of Big Horn County, WY (August, 2015)
Broadwater County, MT (August, 2015)

GE GOZ. This is a zone for seed production of GE and conventional alfalfa seed that is destined for markets that are not APS. APS alfalfa seed production would not be practical in a GE GOZ. As outlined in NAFA Best Management Practices for Genetically Enhanced Alfalfa Seed Production, Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA) certified seed production isolation requirements apply between GE and conventional seed within a GE GOZ. NAFA Best Management Practices for Genetically Enhanced Alfalfa Seed Production isolation requirements apply between a GE seed production field in a GE GOZ and the nearest conventional seed production field outside the GOZ border.

The following GE GOZs have been grower requested/approved - click to link to the GOZ map identifying GOZ boundaries for each:

Part of Canyon County, ID (July, 2011)
Parts of Walla Walla County, WA & Umatilla County, OR (July, 2011)
Orovada Valley, NV (August, 2011)
Lovelock Valley, NV (August, 2011)
Box Elder and Cache Counties, UT (August, 2011)
Jerome and Minidoka Counties & part of Twin Falls County, ID (August, 2011)
Oneida and Franklin Counties, ID (August, 2011)
Big Horn County, MT (August, 2011)
Washakie County, WY (August, 2011)
Parts of Malheur County, OR & Canyon and Payette Counties, ID (September, 2011; April, 2015)
Fremont County, WY (September, 2011)
Heart Mountain Area, WY (December, 2011)
Carbon County, MT & parts of Park and Big Horn Counties, WY (January, 2012; April, 2015)
Mesa County, CO (September, 2012)
Part of Canyon County, ID (October, 2012)
Rosebud and Treasure Counties , MT (April, 2014)
Part of Big Horn County, WY (March, 2015)
Parts of Ada and Owyhee Counties, ID (April, 2015)
Parts of Umatilla and Morrow Counties, OR (April 2015; August, 2015)
Parts of Big Horn and Park Counties, WY (October 2015)
Fremont and parts of Natrona County, WY (June 2016)

NON-GE SEED PRODUCTION AREAS

Imperial Valley, California. The Imperial Valley of California is a large and concentrated alfalfa seed production area. In light of the unique growing circumstances in Imperial County and the current international approval status of GEA, Monsanto has worked with the Imperial County Farm Bureau and established unique stewardship requirements for GEA in Imperial County, which are set forth in the Monsanto Technology Use Guide and Monsanto Technology Stewardship Agreement. All alfalfa seed production in Imperial County currently meets the isolation standards for ASSP, making this a very favorable production area for non-dormant alfalfa seed destined for APS markets.

Prohibited GEA Seed Production States. The GEA Seed Contractor will limit GEA seed production contracts to the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. States outside of these are additional potential areas for APS seed production.