AFBF has issued an Action Alert on a pending Environmental Protection Agency docket related to atrazine and is asking Farm Bureau members to file individual comments before Oct. 4. It is particularly important for farmers to note in their comments the importance of the herbicide to their farms, how it helps control weeds, increase crop yield and, where possible, either saves money or helps increase productivity.  

Earlier this year, EPA issued a draft ecological assessment of the herbicide, which is a preliminary step in judging whether the chemical will continue to be available for agricultural producers. The draft assessment, if left unchallenged, would significantly impact continued availability of atrazine by jeopardizing its re-registration.