BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the decision to deregulate a new corn variety is a victory for both producers and the ethanol industry.

“Deregulating alpha amylase corn gives growers another option for the upcoming growing season and beyond,” Goehring said. “The new corn variety will greatly benefit the ethanol industry because it increases the efficiency of fermentation.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced Friday its decision to deregulate the new, genetically engineered corn variety, known as Enogen. A product of Syngenta Seed, the variety produces an enzyme, alpha amylase, which breaks down starch into fermentable sugars.

Goehring earlier this year urged federal officials to expedite the decision.

Canada approved Enogen for cultivation in 2008, following extensive review. It is approved for import into Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia and Taiwan.