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2014-01-15 05:56:46 PM  

Theaetetus: I believe he meant that the defendant would bring in Monsanto as a rule 14 third party defendant to indemnify them.


Sorry - wasn't clear.  Yes, i could see a third party practice action.

Also, thinking about it (although i think they are fairly ridiculous) there have been enough "private pollution suits" against manufacturers with no privity between the parties (see MTBE suits) that i could see some state negligence tort getting jujitsued into a CoA against Monsanto.
 
2014-01-15 05:57:31 PM  

Theaetetus: SquiggsIN: Farmers who've been contaminated can't bank their own seeds and replant without being in violation of the patent law despite the fact that they've never bought the product and that it was the wind that put it on their property (or Monsanto employees with a vendetta).

Bad facts make bad law. In the Bowman case, he wasn't just an innocent farmer who happened to have windblown patented seeds in his field - he bred several generations while applying RoundUp specifically to kill off all of the non-Monsanto crops and get a genetically pure Monsanto field. Him being a dick and trying to get something without paying for it basically killed any chance of a favorable decision on patent exhaustion.


Is bowman the guy in food inc?
 
2014-01-15 05:57:52 PM  
You know I'm not sure WHAT I think of GMO products.... Is it ok to take a fish gene and put it in corn (just making up something)...

What I hate is the corporate control and 'ownership' the courts seem to be giving to corporations..

HOW can you patent LIFE? Modified or not?

On topic, HOW can you sue me if I grow your shiat on MY property - If I STOLE it then there are laws against that already on the books....If I bought it, or it blew in, too bad - it's MINE.

There should be no laws against what nature does, well, naturally!
 
2014-01-15 05:58:23 PM  

The Life Of Brian: sprgrss: KidneyStone: Blues_X: So, if their seeds are blown onto your property and germinate, they can sue you for not paying for them?

Am I reading that right?

More like pollen, but yeah. And Monsanto has been doing it for years.

No, Monsanto has not been doing that for years.

I wish people would actually read the court cases instead of relying upon shiatty advocacy journalists.

Ha you know what's funny, I have you Fav. with the comment "Monsanto Shill. Constantly argues even when proven wrong " so I guess its not surprising to see you in here shilling for them!


If they HAVE sued someone for being contaminated with their stuff then that would be outrageous! Please can you supply some links of info on that I would love to know more.
 
2014-01-15 05:59:43 PM  

SquiggsIN: Beyond the cases where this exact scenario has happened?  Monsanto has frequently done "spot inspections" of non-customers fields and then sued them for having a portion of their crop that had been contaminated by the glyphosate-resistant (Round-up ready) version of crops they've patented


[citation needed.jpg]

Monsato has not sued any farmer for having inadvertent wind blown seeds that contaminated their crops.  In fact, they have promised they will never sue a farmer that has only trace amounts of their patented seed in their field.

This lawsuit was apparently an effort by some people to proactively force Monsato to give them preemptive immunity to use Roundup ready seeds even if it's more than the trace amounts that might appear in their crops by the wind.    That's just silly.  No company is going to give blanket immunity to a set of plaintiffs ahead of time that would essentially allow those plaintiffs to steal their intellectual property in unlimited amounts and pay no fees or royalties.

 
2014-01-15 05:59:45 PM  

Theaetetus: legal training


Oh, Theae, look to your  4th Edition Farktionary:

Shill: A person who actually knows something about a subject and attempts to correct urban legends/"Everyone Panic!" stories
 
2014-01-15 06:01:47 PM  
This confirms my belief in HAARP being funded by Monsanto so they can take over the globe by seeding winds they create and direct via high power transmissions into the ionosphere.


Did they pinky-swear to not sue? If you don't have it in writing you can bet they reserve the right to do so.

/Thanks Obama!
 
2014-01-15 06:02:16 PM  

simkatu: SquiggsIN: Beyond the cases where this exact scenario has happened?  Monsanto has frequently done "spot inspections" of non-customers fields and then sued them for having a portion of their crop that had been contaminated by the glyphosate-resistant (Round-up ready) version of crops they've patented

[citation needed.jpg]

Monsato has not sued any farmer for having inadvertent wind blown seeds that contaminated their crops.  In fact, they have promised they will never sue a farmer that has only trace amounts of their patented seed in their field.

This lawsuit was apparently an effort by some people to proactively force Monsato to give them preemptive immunity to use Roundup ready seeds even if it's more than the trace amounts that might appear in their crops by the wind.    That's just silly.  No company is going to give blanket immunity to a set of plaintiffs ahead of time that would essentially allow those plaintiffs to steal their intellectual property in unlimited amounts and pay no fees or royalties.


This law suit is bs, but if I am a farmer who collects and reseeds, with everyone around me using round up ready, then I'd think in a few seasons, despite my wishes, my fields are going to be a lot more than trace amounts.
 
2014-01-15 06:02:26 PM  

The Life Of Brian: You know I'm not sure WHAT I think of GMO products...


All I know is that Monsanto cucumbers cause genital baldness.  Google it!
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.
.
.
.
/KIDDING!
 
2014-01-15 06:03:42 PM  

The Life Of Brian: HOW can you patent LIFE? Modified or not?


Because if it's an artificially created organism that didn't exist in nature before, and it's not obvious to create it, then why shouldn't you be able to patent it? They've got biological computers now that can do simple calculations - should they be unpatentable, simply because they use RNA instead of transistors?

More importantly, organisms have been patentable for 30 years, during which time, Congress has twice amended the patent act without adding a single exemption, so there's a presumption that Congress intended the patent act to cover such things.

/incidentally, the same argument applies to processes performed by a computer
 
2014-01-15 06:04:01 PM  

sprgrss: tlars699:
Then the organic farmers' lawyers are stupid, because polluting the environment, inhibiting your productivity, is a very real thing that you can sue over.
Organic Non-GMO farmers' corn would be polluted by Monsanto DNA, thus ensuring that the farmers can only sell their inspected goods as inferior product at lower prices- ie GMO corn.

Except there is no scientific evidence to support your claim and GMO products are approved by the regulatory bodies for planting in the United States.  There is no colorable claim.


I hope you're not a real lawyer.  If someone (like one of the plaintiffs) is growing heirloom seed as a business, and their seed is contaminated by GMO genetic material, they can no longer sell that seed to those who do not want GMO seed.  They have been injured.

GMO seed is not yet mandatory.

Give it time.
 
2014-01-15 06:05:13 PM  

SquiggsIN: The law is wrong, the precedent is wrong, and it needs to be fixed.


Sure, but then your complaint shouldn't be about "stupid judges" or "corrupt courts", but rather "stupid legislators" and "corrupt congress". 

Do you wonder why people hate lawyers too?

Nah, it's normal. People tend to hate and fear that which they don't understand.
 
2014-01-15 06:05:30 PM  

SquiggsIN: The law is wrong, the precedent is wrong, and it needs to be fixed.


So you should be allowed to sue someone to stop them from doing something that they are not doing and have agreed they won't do?  Could you explain exactly what part of this law is wrong?  How would you fix it?

SquiggsIN: Do you wonder why people hate lawyers too?


Because they understand how laws work?  Because as far as I can tell, you really really want to be mad about something here, are deeply misinformed about what that thing is, and are now lashing out against those who are attempting to help you remedy your ignorance.  I mean, whatever floats your boat, but pissed off and ignorant is no way to  . . . well ok its actually the American Pastime.  Carry on.
 
2014-01-15 06:05:38 PM  
The US Supreme Court upheld biotech giant Monsanto's claims on genetically-engineered seed patents and the company's ability to sue farmers whose fields are inadvertently contaminated with Monsanto materials.

/So, in other words, unless you use our seed, we will sue the shiat out of you until you do. So much for a free and fair market..
 
2014-01-15 06:05:38 PM  

Theaetetus: The Life Of Brian: sprgrss: KidneyStone: Blues_X: So, if their seeds are blown onto your property and germinate, they can sue you for not paying for them?

Am I reading that right?

More like pollen, but yeah. And Monsanto has been doing it for years.

No, Monsanto has not been doing that for years.

I wish people would actually read the court cases instead of relying upon shiatty advocacy journalists.

Ha you know what's funny, I have you Fav. with the comment "Monsanto Shill. Constantly argues even when proven wrong " so I guess its not surprising to see you in here shilling for them!

Considering that every single person with legal training in here is saying that this decision was proper, regardless of their feelings towards Monsanto, is it more likely that he's right or that we're all shills?

/yesterday, I was apparently the CEO of EA, so I'm fine with being called the CEO of Monsanto today. It's a step upwards in dignity.


So does that mean I cannot have a different opinion? I may have a GED in law somewhere around here..hell I think there are some homeless people buried under the crap I have in my house!

(FYI - I have you fav in green with the comment " favorite: Cool. Shoots down morons" So I'm not being an ass, or at least not try to..I have been drinking!)
 
2014-01-15 06:07:03 PM  

Teiritzamna: Oh for the love of . . .

1) the Supreme Court denied to hear the case.  This isnt a ruling, they generally deny to hear +99% of cases.

2) this was a suit by organic farmers suing Monsanto to preclude them from suing farmers in the future for inadvertant infringement (i.e. wind based distribution) .

3) As Monsanto hasn't brought such a suit, the organic farmers had no standing to sue.  There was no controversy (farmers were asking the court to prevent Monsanto from doing something Monsanto wasn't doing).

4) There is really no new or interesting law here, so of course the SCOTUS passed.

I may hate Monsanto too, but Jesus, this is a serious non-story here


Yep

/stop making since on this site. it will get you called all kinds of names.
 
2014-01-15 06:07:24 PM  
*shrugs* watch Monsanto's GMO products get affected by an unstoppable virus strain
 
2014-01-15 06:07:57 PM  

NickelP: simkatu: SquiggsIN: Beyond the cases where this exact scenario has happened?  Monsanto has frequently done "spot inspections" of non-customers fields and then sued them for having a portion of their crop that had been contaminated by the glyphosate-resistant (Round-up ready) version of crops they've patented

[citation needed.jpg]

Monsato has not sued any farmer for having inadvertent wind blown seeds that contaminated their crops.  In fact, they have promised they will never sue a farmer that has only trace amounts of their patented seed in their field.

This lawsuit was apparently an effort by some people to proactively force Monsato to give them preemptive immunity to use Roundup ready seeds even if it's more than the trace amounts that might appear in their crops by the wind.    That's just silly.  No company is going to give blanket immunity to a set of plaintiffs ahead of time that would essentially allow those plaintiffs to steal their intellectual property in unlimited amounts and pay no fees or royalties.

This law suit is bs, but if I am a farmer who collects and reseeds, with everyone around me using round up ready, then I'd think in a few seasons, despite my wishes, my fields are going to be a lot more than trace amounts.


Just reread it. They pledged not to sue if less than 1% is their seed. What a joke.
 
2014-01-15 06:08:13 PM  

AdamK: *shrugs* watch Monsanto's GMO products get affected by an unstoppable virus strain


You tease.
 
2014-01-15 06:08:39 PM  

Cathedralmaster: Blues_X: So, if their seeds are blown onto your property and germinate, they can sue you for not paying for them?

Am I reading that right?

Yes.

Monsanto: The First Ones Up Against the Wall When the Revolution Comes


Get your Guy Fawkes masks, ham radio's and pitchforks ready...

But seriously there is a diminishing retruns effect going on.  Things continue to get so bizarre and f'd that there is less ability to form a reaction.  This just seems like another move toward a straight corporatocracy.

Am I that wrong?
 
2014-01-15 06:09:47 PM  

The Life Of Brian: So does that mean I cannot have a different opinion?


Nah - see above. Saying "the law  should be changed" is one thing, and may even get us agreeing. Saying "the court was wrong" is a different thing. The latter is objectively wrong, and gets our pedantic and judiciary-supportin' hairs up, while the former is more of a subjective political and policy question.

(FYI - I have you fav in green with the comment " favorite: Cool. Shoots down morons" So I'm not being an ass, or at least not try to..I have been drinking!)

Aw, thanks!
 
2014-01-15 06:10:19 PM  

vudukungfu: This federal judge sponsored by Monsanto.


QFT
 
2014-01-15 06:10:21 PM  

meow said the dog: It is not something which I have the familiarity but sometimes I do the wearing of the boy briefs because they have the comfort so perhaps for the boy this is also the thing which provides to he the comfort. Was this the boyshorts or the thong of the underwear? I am not someone who has the assureness of this but would wish for learning of so.


Loving very much to be having the pleasure of reading this, Meow.
 
2014-01-15 06:11:54 PM  

highendmighty: The Life Of Brian: You know I'm not sure WHAT I think of GMO products...

All I know is that Monsanto cucumbers cause genital baldness.  Google it!
.
.
.
.
.
/KIDDING!


Well I keep putting those cuc's in my salad and STILL have to man-scape every week!

WHY cannot Monsanto get on the IMPORTANT genetic stuff - MORE hair on TOP, LESS hair down low!

Come on - REALLY - would that not be where the REAL money is - and what's with back hair! I LAY on my back so its not like it needs insulation!

/ya ya...have an appointment with my psychiatrist tomorrow..nobody call 911, or 999 or ...
 
2014-01-15 06:12:35 PM  
I wonder how long it will be before people rightfully start blowing up Monsanto offices and facilities?
 
2014-01-15 06:13:04 PM  

SquiggsIN: Theaetetus: SquiggsIN: The law is wrong, the precedent is wrong, and it needs to be fixed.

Sure, but then your complaint shouldn't be about "stupid judges" or "corrupt courts", but rather "stupid legislators" and "corrupt congress". 

Do you wonder why people hate lawyers too?

Nah, it's normal. People tend to hate and fear that which they don't understand.

That's the worst part about most lawyers.  You all think you're smarter than the rest of us because you're in the DELIBERATELY-CONVOLUTED PROFESSION of law-making.


I'm also an engineer. That makes me even more technical and pedantic.
 
2014-01-15 06:14:26 PM  
Hmmm tying to decide...should I go with citation needed? or It's a conspiracy! in this thread.
 
2014-01-15 06:15:48 PM  

tlars699: Blues_X: So, if their seeds are blown onto your property and germinate, they can sue you for not paying for them?

Am I reading that right?

Actually if Monsanto Pollen can be found to have germinated your corn, then yes, they can sue you for not buying their genetics. They have developed a genetic code that enables them to figure that out fairly quickly, sort of like a trademark on DNA.
See, you're not paying them for seed corn. You're paying them for a genetic product that they exclusively developed from scratch. So, if you have their genetic product in your corn, then you're stealing their product.

However, this would all change if it were considered biological contamination, otherwise known as pollution.



-- Best response there.

---- FTA:
"If Monsanto can patent seeds for financial gain, they should be forced to pay for contaminating a farmer's field, not be allowed to sue them,"said Dave Murphy, founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now!, in a statement  "Once again, America's farmers have been denied justice, while Monsanto's reign of intimidation is allowed to continue in rural America."

I'm REALLY surprised there haven't been terrorist attacks on anything Monsanto yet.
Or have they happened and the Monsanto-bought PRESS didn't mention it?
 
2014-01-15 06:16:35 PM  

sprgrss: tlars699: sprgrss: tlars699:
And just because they haven't sued these particular farmers yet, their behavioral trend shows that they would have, if the farmers hadn't prevented it.

No, not even remotely close.  The farmers didn't prevent anything.

Are they being sued right this very minute? No? Would they have been by now if they hadn't started this process? Yes? Prevention occurred... for now.
Though agreed, it doesn't really stop Monsanto, once this blows over.

Have they ever been sued for what they putatively stopped Monsanto from suing them for?  No.

They didn't stop anything.


Those particular farmers, no. Other farmers who used seed corn derived from their crops after being incidentally pollinated by Monsanto growing neighbors? Yes.
Though this NPR link makes the dude with the most profiled case of this set of circumstances look like a real douche bag.
Still, they sued him even though it took him several growing seasons to cultivate that kind of corn.
Saying you own a patent on genetics on any living organism should not hold up in court. He did not buy their seeds, true, but it wasn't really their DNA either.
It was a knock-off that he created for his own use.
 
2014-01-15 06:17:01 PM  
"Monsanto never has and has committed it never will sue if our patented seed or traits are found in a farmer's field as a result of inadvertent means," said Kyle McClain, the Monsanto's chief litigation counsel, according to Reuters. "

I swear their garden division said they would not be pursuing home seed savers, mostly because 1) no GMOs are available to the home gardener, and 2) you typically don't save hybrid seed; but I cannot ind it again.

Haven't those sued so far had like 90%+ purity, pretty much negating any claims of "accidental" contamination?

I'd also like to add that piracy of the product also negates claims that "no farmer really wants this stuff"

Finally, and far more strenuously, can we please, please, PLEASE!!!!!! rethink the patenting of life, especially plant life?
 
2014-01-15 06:17:07 PM  
Why isn't Monsanto being sued for polluting neighboring farms with GMOs?
 
2014-01-15 06:17:50 PM  

gaspode: The Life Of Brian: sprgrss: KidneyStone: Blues_X: So, if their seeds are blown onto your property and germinate, they can sue you for not paying for them?

Am I reading that right?

More like pollen, but yeah. And Monsanto has been doing it for years.

No, Monsanto has not been doing that for years.

I wish people would actually read the court cases instead of relying upon shiatty advocacy journalists.

Ha you know what's funny, I have you Fav. with the comment "Monsanto Shill. Constantly argues even when proven wrong " so I guess its not surprising to see you in here shilling for them!

If they HAVE sued someone for being contaminated with their stuff then that would be outrageous! Please can you supply some links of info on that I would love to know more.


I'll preface this with the fact I'm too lazy to look it up and its from memory, but I've watched a couple times a documentary on CBC - Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - about a farmers who decided to fight Monsanto over them taking legal action after they kept seed from their OWN fields that got cross contaminated by adjacent Monsanto fields of 'patented' plants.

Now I could look it up... But hey, I'm drunk..and you can easily look it up on Google too..
 
2014-01-15 06:18:40 PM  

NickelP: Just reread it. They pledged not to sue if less than 1% is their seed. What a joke.


But in all the years of Roundup there has never been a person with more than 1% of their crop that was Roundup ready that has been sued that wasn't intentionally and knowingly stealing the product.   While, 1% might seem like an unreasonably small amount to guarantee, it seems like it's a level that has worked so far, seeing as how not a single person has ever inadvertently discovered had a crop with more than 1%.
 
2014-01-15 06:19:11 PM  
images.sodahead.com

\ahh this one always makes me laugh so WINNER!
 
2014-01-15 06:19:40 PM  
Damn my last comment, before I get jumped on..they MAY have bough Monstanto seeds they harvested some to keep the next year...I cannot remember for sure and I don't want to get punched for giving the wrong info!
 
2014-01-15 06:20:12 PM  

Agent Smiths Laugh: megarian: This is f*cking stupid.

It's only gonna get worse.

There will be blood.

Eventually.


Yeah, our blood
 
2014-01-15 06:20:15 PM  
SquiggsIN:
Thought about law school for myself too, and again, decided that being able to sleep at night was more important than lining a bank account.

I work on making AIDS drugs cheaper and defend the rights of the homeless.  I sleep great.
 
2014-01-15 06:20:47 PM  

Copper Spork: Many thanks to Greenpeace for paying for the laws that made both this lawsuit and Monsanto's dominant market position possible.


White ringer says what?
 
2014-01-15 06:21:40 PM  

simkatu: has ever inadvertently discovered had a crop


s/b "has ever inadvertently discovered he had a crop"
 
2014-01-15 06:21:56 PM  

Teiritzamna: SquiggsIN:
Thought about law school for myself too, and again, decided that being able to sleep at night was more important than lining a bank account.

I work on making AIDS drugs cheaper and defend the rights of the homeless.  I sleep great.


I talk to other nerds about nerdy things, write them up in huge detail, and then argue with more nerds about why they're cool. It's like Fark, but I get paid.
 
2014-01-15 06:22:29 PM  

Blues_X: So, if their seeds are blown onto your property and germinate, they can sue you for not paying for them?

Am I reading that right?


Sounds like all they need to do is drive around with their seeds in the bed of a truck. Then release the lawyers
 
2014-01-15 06:23:11 PM  

tlars699: They should be suing Monsanto for a product that causes environmental pollution, interfering with their productivity.


One of the fundamentals of civil tort is damages. The farmers cannot claim future or potential damages.
 
2014-01-15 06:24:06 PM  

Theaetetus: Teiritzamna: SquiggsIN:
Thought about law school for myself too, and again, decided that being able to sleep at night was more important than lining a bank account.

I work on making AIDS drugs cheaper and defend the rights of the homeless.  I sleep great.

I talk to other nerds about nerdy things, write them up in huge detail, and then argue with more nerds about why they're cool. It's like Fark, but I get paid.


OMG - i never realized that prosecutors were just Kotaku bloggers . . . .

/must now figure out an analogy making corporate attorneys Cracked writers
 
2014-01-15 06:25:58 PM  
Why did nobody tell me that totalfark is so.. so... Beautiful! I can see EVERYTHING!
 
2014-01-15 06:26:25 PM  

NickelP: simkatu: SquiggsIN: Beyond the cases where this exact scenario has happened?  Monsanto has frequently done "spot inspections" of non-customers fields and then sued them for having a portion of their crop that had been contaminated by the glyphosate-resistant (Round-up ready) version of crops they've patented

[citation needed.jpg]

Monsato has not sued any farmer for having inadvertent wind blown seeds that contaminated their crops.  In fact, they have promised they will never sue a farmer that has only trace amounts of their patented seed in their field.

This lawsuit was apparently an effort by some people to proactively force Monsato to give them preemptive immunity to use Roundup ready seeds even if it's more than the trace amounts that might appear in their crops by the wind.    That's just silly.  No company is going to give blanket immunity to a set of plaintiffs ahead of time that would essentially allow those plaintiffs to steal their intellectual property in unlimited amounts and pay no fees or royalties.

This law suit is bs, but if I am a farmer who collects and reseeds, with everyone around me using round up ready, then I'd think in a few seasons, despite my wishes, my fields are going to be a lot more than trace amounts.


Fact: Monsanto has never commercialized a biotech trait that resulted in sterile - or "Terminator" - seeds. Sharing the concerns of small landholder farmers, Monsanto made a commitment in 1999 not to commercialize sterile seed technology in food crops. We stand firmly by this commitment, with no plans or research that would violate this commitment.

Seem to be an awful lot of promises.

How does Promissory estoppel work?

/for your consideration
 
2014-01-15 06:26:27 PM  

Theaetetus: The Life Of Brian: HOW can you patent LIFE? Modified or not?

Because if it's an artificially created organism that didn't exist in nature before, and it's not obvious to create it, then why shouldn't you be able to patent it? They've got biological computers now that can do simple calculations - should they be unpatentable, simply because they use RNA instead of transistors?

More importantly, organisms have been patentable for 30 years, during which time, Congress has twice amended the patent act without adding a single exemption, so there's a presumption that Congress intended the patent act to cover such things.

/incidentally, the same argument applies to processes performed by a computer


I see your point..and it is an interesting theoretical question..

SO I put it this way...What if life on this planet was silicon based, and this silicon based life form developed to our level, and found a way to make carbon based life - does that mean its just chemicals and such?

Ya I'm a geek - and that very issue has been dealt with in every version of Star Trek that there is....

And you know, WHAT if we do one day have computers that are 'self aware' - Hell I don't know!
Way beyond my simplistic mind....But just because its new doesn't mean that it has no, umm, is 'rights' the correct word? I'm getting confused now myself but I think you understand where I'm coming from...

MAN this is TOO deep for my days off! ]

I suggest you try some good Canadian Rye Whiskey - good stuff!
 
2014-01-15 06:27:18 PM  

Shadi: tlars699: They should be suing Monsanto for a product that causes environmental pollution, interfering with their productivity.

One of the fundamentals of civil tort is damages. The farmers cannot claim future or potential damages.


Fair enough. Wait a season, sue them when it happens.
 
2014-01-15 06:27:41 PM  

simkatu: NickelP: Just reread it. They pledged not to sue if less than 1% is their seed. What a joke.

But in all the years of Roundup there has never been a person with more than 1% of their crop that was Roundup ready that has been sued that wasn't intentionally and knowingly stealing the product.   While, 1% might seem like an unreasonably small amount to guarantee, it seems like it's a level that has worked so far, seeing as how not a single person has ever inadvertently discovered had a crop with more than 1%.


Isn't that just a really biased way of saying they have won every case where at least on percent of their seed was found? I don't think that is surprising. It is the point of the lawsuit.
 
2014-01-15 06:27:52 PM  

tlars699: Why did nobody tell me that totalfark is so.. so... Beautiful! I can see EVERYTHING!


Shhhh...it's a secret...We're trying to keep the rabble out.
 
2014-01-15 06:29:01 PM  

firemanbuck: For eight years I have been the leading supplier of hybrid seed corn in Winneshiek County, and the reason is clear: My seed is pure!

I have come to assume my dominant position in this farm community due to the high quality and timely delivery of my seed. Come to Schmidt Feed & Farm Supply, conveniently located in Kendallville just over the bridge, and you will leave smiling and satisfied in every way, if not utterly amazed at the performance. You must have my seed!

Use my select seed, and your crop will show resistance to blight and drought and be less susceptible to strain stalk diseases. If you do not believe me, I will take you to my farm and show you the potency of my seed. Strong, turgid, fattening plants shoot up through the ground in the torrid Iowa sun.
Grab the thick base of the stalk in your hand and feel that it is alive and growing larger by the minute. Sweat will shine on your face as you ride my massive tractor around the grounds of my expansive farm.
I will smile down at you as you kneel and gently run your hands through the moist patch of dense growth at my most precious, secret spot-the plot of land where I personally test each and every variety of seed corn that I sell.

Ask me for my seed, and the day you have longed for, the day you have dreamed about, will soon arrive: When the corn is large and ripe for the taking, you can place your lips around the heavy cob, savoring the texture, the smell and, finally, the taste as you bite gently and your mouth is filled with sweet juice.



I can't help but to be reminded of a business here in town.  I'm not even sure why, because they're not in the seed business.  They sell pearl necklaces.
 
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