He went to the local grain elevator and bought the soybeans that are normaly used for feed and other uses not seed. He did not violate his agreement with Monsanto as he didn't save or reuse the seed from his crop.
Comes down to the patent rights of Monsanto and if or when those patent rights end.
I would think that if one really wanted to get around the regs (without having actually read them) one could plant alternating rows of Monsanto's product and someone else's allowing cross pollination. One might then be able to argue that the resulting seeds no longer had the genetic makeup of the Monsanto product.
Does anybody remember the old ride/exhibit at Disneyland, about the ride to the future presented by Monsanto ?
remember when they were the original producers of "astro turf"