USDA has deregulated Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton, Monsanto's dicamba-tolerant GMO traits, the company announced Thursday.
USDA had released its final Environmental Impact Statement on the traits Dec. 12, 2014, suggesting deregulation.
"This announcement marks an important milestone for farmers around the world," said Robb Fraley, Ph.D., Monsanto's chief technology officer. "Weeds represent a key pest to agriculture operations around the world and limit crops of much-needed nutrients, sunlight and access to available water resources."
Monsanto has been working on the Roundup Ready Xtend trait and crop system for the last 10 years, it said.
"The dedication, effort and number of people that have touched this project has been extraordinary, and demonstrates our continued commitment to bring a range of agriculture solutions to farmers," Fraley said.
To prepare for commercialization, Monsanto trained more than 7,500 growers, retail partners and stakeholders on weed management. The company says commercial intentions will be announced in the near future.
USDA indicated it would publish its decision on the Federal Register in the near future, Monsanto said.
Herbicides to product to work alongside the traits are still under U.S. EPA review.