Ag groups urge court to reject efforts to stop dicamba use

A coalition of ag groups is urging the 9th Circuit Court to reject efforts to invalidate EPA’s existing stocks order for three dicamba herbicides.

The groups have filed an amicus brief with the court supporting EPA’s position that farmers should be allowed to use the herbicides this growing season. They say there could be “catastrophic consequences” for farmers if the continued use of dicamba is disallowed.

“Immediately banning use of existing stocks of Xtendimax, Engenia, and FeXapan would financially devastate America’s soybean and cotton growers, who have invested an estimated $4.28 billion in seed and hundreds of millions on herbicides,” the groups said in a news release. “An estimated 64 million acres of dicamba-tolerant seed is already in the ground—importantly, with no viable weed control alternative that can realistically be deployed over the next several weeks.”

The groups filing the brief include the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Cotton Council of America, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Corn Growers Association, and National Sorghum Producers.

Link to news release

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