- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - The Latest on a federal judge ruling that Hawaii counties can’t enact bans or regulations on genetically modified crops and pesticides (all times local):

1:15 p.m.

A representative from Monsanto says the agriculture company is listening to Hawaii residents’ concerns about genetically modified organisms.

A federal judge ruled Friday that three Hawaii counties can’t enact their own bans or regulations on genetically modified crops and pesticides.

Monsanto had fought a Maui GMO ban and the company says it’s committed to an ongoing dialogue with its neighbors.

Circuit Judge Consuelo M. Callahan upheld a lower court’s decision saying Hawaii law prohibits counties from regulating agriculture matters.

The cases stemmed from a decision by Maui voters to ban the cultivation and testing of genetically modified crops in 2014 and related movements on other Hawaiian islands.

A group pushing for more regulation of genetically modified crops says it is considering all legal options, including an appeal.

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12 p.m.

A federal judge has ruled that three Hawaii counties can’t enact their own bans or regulations on genetically modified crops and pesticides.

Circuit Judge Consuelo M. Callahan on Friday upheld a lower court’s decision saying Hawaii law prohibits counties from regulating agriculture matters.

The cases stemmed from a decision by Maui voters to ban the cultivation and testing of genetically modified crops in 2014 and related movements on other Hawaiian islands.

A group pushing for more regulation of genetically modified crops says it is considering all legal options, including an appeal.

A representative from the Hawaii Farm Bureau and lawyers representing seed companies didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

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