Use Restriction Agreement

BalanceGT Soybean Use Restriction Agreement

This Balance GT Soybean Use Restriction Agreement (the “Agreement”) applies to all users of Balance GT soybeans (“User(s)”). If you purchase Balance GT soybeans, you agree that you and any person or entity, including employees, representatives, contractors and agents thereof, who plants, grows, cultivates or otherwise uses Balance GT soybeans, will abide by these use restrictions. If you open or cause any person or entity to open a package of Balance GT soybeans, you agree that you and your employees, representatives, contractors and agents will abide by these use restrictions.

SEED USE AGREEMENT

M.S. Technologies, L.L.C. (“MS TECH”) and its suppliers are engaged in the business of developing and supplying for sale various varieties of soybeans. MS TECH and its suppliers have a substantial investment in the development and production of this seed, and in the use of the subsequent production of BalanceGT Soybeans (the “Seed”). MS TECH and its suppliers have expended substantial effort in developing a market for seed. MS TECH and its suppliers have existing contractual relationships with other distributors for the sale of seed and expectations of additional contracts for sale of seed from such distributors in the future. The purchase of the Seed includes a limited license under the U.S. patents on the package and seed tag to produce a single crop.

In consideration of the foregoing, and in consideration of the Seed that User has been sold or otherwise granted the right to use, User hereby acknowledges and agrees that the production from the Seed will be used only for feed or processing, and will not be used or sold for seed, breeding, or any variety improvement purposes unless User has a valid agreement with MS TECH for such purposes. User acknowledges MS TECH and its suppliers have a proprietary interest in the use of subsequent production from the Seed, and agrees it would be a violation of this Agreement to allow the subsequent production of the Seed to be used to create any seed variety or seed product from said production. Any export of this Seed or its progeny from the country of purchase is strictly prohibited, except that forage or grain may be exported solely for use in feeding or processing.

User agrees and acknowledges that any use of the Seed, which is forbidden by this Agreement will constitute a misappropriation of the personal property of MS TECH and its supplier, and will therefore result in a breach of this Agreement. User agrees that MS TECH and/or its supplier may bring an action to recover damages as a result of the breach of this Agreement, along with reasonable attorney fees and costs associated with any action commenced in regard thereto. User further agrees that the exclusive venue for any dispute arising under this Agreement or in connection to any breach thereof shall be in the federal or state courts for Dallas County, Iowa, and hereby irrevocably consents to the personal jurisdiction of such courts. This Agreement shall be governed under the laws of the State of Iowa.

User agrees and acknowledges that any use of the Seed, which is forbidden by this Agreement, will damage MS TECH and its supplier's legitimate expectation of future sales of seed, and any use of Seed in violation of this Agreement will constitute an attempt to intentionally injure or destroy MS TECH and its supplier's prospective business expectations in future sales of seed.

User agrees and acknowledges that any use of Seed from MS TECH in violation of this Agreement will cause substantial damage to MS TECH and/or its supplier, and that if subsequent production of the Seed is used to create a seed variety or seed product, substantial damage to MS TECH and or its supplier for all seed varieties or seed products thereby created will be caused. This Agreement shall not limit any other rights, legal or equitable, that MS TECH and its supplier have but shall be accumulative.

User shall not use Isoxaflutole or any HPPD Inhibitor herbicide in the production of the Seed.

User agrees to only use agricultural herbicide products that contain herbicides to which the Seed provides tolerance, and that are expressly labeled for use in conjunction with the Seed and have received government approvals as specified in a product use guide and/or product use label in the production of the Seed.

At this time, neither Isoxaflutole nor any other HPPD Inhibitor herbicide is approved for use with the Seed.

User will make application of glyphosate either during the V1 to V3 growth stage at a minimum rate of 0.56 lb. acid equivalent of glyphosate per acre or during the V4 to V6 growth stage at a minimum of 0.75 lb. acid equivalent of glyphosate per acre.

User understands and agrees that if Isoxaflutole does not receive full regulatory approval for use with soybeans in the United States and User’s state, the Seed produced by User in 2017 shall only be sold as commodity grain or as a GT brand approved by MS TECH, in its sole discretion, and not indicated or marked as “Balance GT Soybeans.”

MS TECH shall not be responsible for any claims, losses or damages related to User and/or any User’s inability to sell the Seed indicated or marked as BalanceGT Soybeans.

User shall not indicate or mark the Seed for sale as Balance GT Soybeans if Isoxaflutole does not receive full regulatory approval for use with soybeans in the United States and in the state where User stores, sells or grows soybeans.

NOTICE OF REQUIRED ARBITRATION

Under the seed laws of several states arbitration, mediation or conciliation is required as a prerequisite to maintaining a legal action based upon the failure of seed to produce as represented. The consumer shall file a complaint along with the required filing fee (where applicable) with the Commissioner/Director/Secretary of Agriculture, Seed Commissioner, or Chief Agricultural Officer within such time as to permit inspection of the crops, plants or trees by the designated agency and the seller from whom the seed was purchased. A copy of the complaint shall be sent to the seller by certified or registered mail or as otherwise provided by state statute.

OTHER TERMS & CONDITIONS

For sale in the U.S. only. MS TECH assumes no responsibility for MS TECH‘s supplier’s, distributor’s or dealer’s verbal and/or written claims, promises, warranties or actions which are contrary to MS TECH’s normal operating policies. 

LIMITATION OF WARRANTIES & DAMAGES

MS TECH warrants, to the extent of the purchase price and to the extent that the packaging and label have not been compromised, that the Seed is as described on the package and on the tag attached thereto within recognized tolerances. MS TECH gives no other WARRANTY, expressed or implied, of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS of the Seed for any particular purpose, nor any warranty against loss due to any cause, including environmental conditions, soil conditions, chemicals or farming practices, or the response of the Seed to any such conditions. MS TECH shall not be liable for incidental or consequential damages, including loss of profits. LIABILITY for damages for any cause, including breach of contract, breach of warranty, and negligence, with respect to the sale of seed, is LIMITED to the purchase price of the Seed. THIS REMEDY IS EXCLUSIVE. BY ACCEPTANCE OF THIS SEED OR OPENING THIS PACKAGE, USER ACCEPTS THE TERMS HEREIN. IF USER DOES NOT AGREE WITH THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, USER MUST RETURN THE ORIGINAL UNOPENED SEED PACKAGE TO MS TECH WITHIN TWENTY DAYS OF RECEIPT AND USER’S SOLE REMEDY SHALL BE FOR REFUND OF THE USER’S ORIGINAL PURCHASE PRICE.

MS TECH has utilized standard industry isolation and purity procedures in the production of seed products. Because of contamination factors beyond MS TECH’s control, MS TECH cannot warrant or represent that MS TECH seed products are free of other genetically modified organisms.

Balance is a registered trademark of Bayer CropScience LP.

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