ASA asks EPA to issue existing stocks order
The president of the American Soybean Association says the district court’s ruling to vacate the 2020 registration of dicamba puts farmers in an immediate, costly bind.
Josh Gackle tells Brownfield most farmers have already purchased their seeds. “And the traits that belong to those seeds have already purchased the chemicals and other crop protection products to protect that crop throughout the growing season,” he says. “And this just throws a big wrench into all those plans that have been made.”
The court ruled EPA made a procedural error in issuing 2020 dicamba registrations for over-the-top (OTT) use on dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton. Because it did not offer a public notice and comment period before issuing the registrations, the Arizona court ruled the agency was in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and vacated 2020 registrations for XtendiMax, Enginia, and Tavium.
He says ASA and 26 soy state affiliates have sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency asking the administration for help. “The most important thing is asking them to use the authority they have under FIFRA to allow the use of existing stocks,” he says. “That is a tool that they have, and they can do that for registrations that are canceled.”
Gackle says if the administration doesn’t issue the order, farmers face tremendous financial losses because they won’t be able to use the product that has been ordered for the upcoming growing season, and it also puts into question the season’s yield capabilities.
ASA also has asked for the administration’s support of an appeal of the ruling and help in seeking to stay the ruling from taking effect pending appeal.
It remains unclear if the court’s ruling will take effect immediately.
AUDIO: Josh Gackle, American Soybean Association president
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Author: Meghan Grebner