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The long battle over whether sugar beet growers can plant Roundup Ready seed in 2011 took another turn in December.

On Dec. 21, the Ninth Circuit court of Appeals extended its stay pending the appeal of Judge Jeffrey White’s ruling in November that sugar beet stecklings, or seedlings grown to produce seed, must be uprooted and destroyed. The stecklings were being grown under permits from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, or APHIS.

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