House Agriculture Leaders Issue Joint Statement on EPA’s Dicamba Registrations and Order following Court Ruling
Washington, D.C. – Representative Sanford Bishop, Chairman of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, Representative Jeff Fortenberry, Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, and Representative K. Michael Conaway, Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement:
“The hard-working farming community invests in many agricultural products and services that help them produce wholesome foods, feed, and quality fibers for consumers in the United States and across the globe. Like most conventional farmers, soybean and cotton producers purchased such a product legally when they bought the dicamba herbicide for this growing season. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently vacated the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) federal registration for three dicamba herbicide products on the market registered for over the top applications. The effect of this ruling during growing season may prevent cotton and soybean farmers from using these products in combating weeds that threaten the quantity and quality of the crop.
“We respect the court’s ruling, but we are concerned with the impact on the farmers who have existing stocks of previously purchased dicamba herbicide products. The decision, which was issued during growing season, creates unnecessary challenges and jeopardizes the livelihoods of these agricultural producers who are already faced with an ongoing global pandemic, trade disputes, and years of low prices. We support EPA’s authority to regulate how existing stocks of the vacated products can be sold, distributed, and used. EPA’s recent filing with the court properly defends the agency’s precedent-based position that farmers should be allowed to use what they legally purchased until July 31, 2020 as long as the farmers abide by all the prescribed conditions of use required by the most recent pesticide registration.”
–House Ag Committee
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