GE corn that has been genetically modified to resist drought-inducing herbicides could be ready to go on feed cattle in five to eight weeks, a USDA official said.
The move to roll out the genetically modified corn comes as some farmers are challenging the safety of the new corn.
The USDA last year approved a new crop engineered to resist herbicide glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, a common weedkiller.
The agency said in a statement that it had “received reports of some farmers using genetically modified crops on their feed cattle” and that it would begin allowing some farmers to use it.
It did not specify what form the corn might take.
In addition to drought-tolerant crops like GE corn, other biotech crops could also be used, including a crop called Xylan that is resistant to another herbicide, glyphosate, but it has not been approved yet.