Secretary Naig requests guidance from EPA on dicamba ruling

Secretary Naig requests guidance from EPA on dicamba ruling

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig has sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler requesting guidance on what the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s decision to vacate the EPA’s dicamba product registration means for Iowa farmers.

In the letter Secretary Naig wrote, “We are requesting that the EPA provides guidance about what this ruling means for producers in Iowa, and presents options to allow retailers and farmers to apply existing stocks during the 2020 growing season. This ruling is creating uncertainty at a time when farmers are already heading into the fields to treat emerging crops and it leaves them without effective weed management tools.”

Read the entire letter here.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has not issued a stop sale order and will continue operating under the current pesticide program until it receives guidance from the EPA. The Department does not anticipate taking enforcement action against those who otherwise appropriately purchase, sell, or use these products in the interim. This enforcement decision may change immediately based on further guidance from the EPA.  For more, please click here.

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