Rural Issue

CropLife America calls states’ decisions on dicamba ‘premature’

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The head of the national trade association representing companies that develop, produce and market crop protection products has weighed in on the dicamba situation.

In a news release, CropLife America president and CEO Jay Vroom said, “Although we understand the concerns raised by growers in Missouri and Arkansas, we encourage both states to wait until they have thoroughly investigated all of the claims before they make policy decisions to temporarily prohibit the use and sale of dicamba. It is important to understand the need for this weed-control technology and we cannot stress enough how vital it is to use this, and all crop protection tools according to label, while employing good stewardship practices.

“It would be unfortunate to remove such a vital tool from farmers’ use without having all of the information to support that decision. Though most farmers practice good stewardship and regulatory compliance, it is clear that the action of a few is threatening the sound practices of many.”

Vroom discussed his concerns in this interview with Brownfield.

AUDIO: Jay Vroom

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