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Kansas farmer caught selling a wheat seed variety without authorization

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Paul Simpson from Weir paid the Kansas Wheat Alliance $10,000 for "brown bagging", which is the common term for the growing and selling of seed without proper endorsement and authorization.  

According to the alliance, Simpson sold Everest, a type of wheat seed developed by Kansas State University and protected under the Plant Variety Protection Act. The PVP Act aims to protect the farmers and wheat industry.

"It runs much like a patent. It give the owner or the developer some protection for a period of time, in this case 20 years, so they can recoup the cost of their investment," said Daryl Strouts, CEO and President of the Kansas Wheat Alliance. 


The PVP Act protects most modern day seed varieties, meaning they can be sold only as a class of certified seed with the proper documentation.

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