The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has determined that KK179 alfalfa, a genetically engineered (GE) crop that was created “to express reduced levels of guaiacyl lignin, a major subunit component of total lignin that slows the digestion of cellulose in livestock, as compared to conventional alfalfa at the same stage of growth,” is unlikely to constitute a plant pest, thus granting Monsanto Co. and Forage Genetics International’s petition for nonregulated status. APHIS found no significant impact following several opportunities for public comment on the petition and the preparation of an environmental assessment. See Federal Register, November 10, 2014.