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USDA wants EPA to allow the use of already-purchased dicamba

The Secretary of Agriculture wants the EPA to work with farmers who have dicamba products for this growing season.

Sonny Perdue issued a statement Thursday encouraging the EPA to use any available flexibilities so producers can continue using already-purchased dicamba products, calling them a critical tool for American farmers to combat weeds resistant to many other herbicides, in fields that are already planted. 

Perdue says farmers have spent hard-earned money on these previously allowed crop protection tools, and that the USDA stands ready to assist its federal partners in meeting that goal.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided Wednesday night to immediately vacate the EPA’s Dicamba registrations for products from Bayer’s XtendiMax, BASF’s Engenia and Corteva’s FeXapan.  Perdue says USDA re-affirms its support for EPA’s science-based process for assessing and managing ecological risks, balanced against the agricultural and societal benefits.

  • 147 acres of my soybeans grown in 2019 were damaged by dicamba sprayed by neighbors. My loss, by comparison to average yield of my other fields, was $10,500.00. This year, If my neighbors damage my beans, I will use a lawyer attempting to recover my loss

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