Atrazine comment deadline is approaching
Friday is the last day for farmers to comment on EPA’s proposed revisions for atrazine.
Tadd Nicholson, executive director of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, says it’s not too late to tell the EPA about the role the herbicide plays in farming operations.
“It’s too important of a tool to use and we just can’t afford to lose that so we’re fighting for that product again,” he says. “It’s not just one product, it’s the process that we’re really trying to defend against.”
Northeast Ohio Farmer Ben Klick, president of the association, says atrazine is a safe tool.
“I would say a majority of farmers are using atrazine on their farm year in and year out,” he says. “It’s a great herbicide and we’re using it. It’s been safe and very cost effective for years.”
He says because farmers continue to face supply chain issues “one thing we don’t need to worry about is having to find other chemicals to replace atrazine.”
Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association encouraged grower members to submit comments to the EPA during the 2022 Farm Science Review.