Judge's Decision to put Glyphosate's Prop 65 Listing on Hold a Good Sign on Final Ruling Says NAWG CEOFri, 02 Mar 2018 03:21:02 CST
The National Association of Wheat Growers held a press conference at the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif. during which Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn caught up with Chandler Goule, NAWG’s chief executive officer, for a brief update on several issues including the association’s pending lawsuit in California regarding the state’s addition of glyphosate to its Prop 65 list. You can listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of this story.
Just one week ago, NAWG led an agricultural coalition as the lead plaintiff in a case filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California requesting a preliminary injunction that would halt the implementation of the Prop 65 listing until a final ruling could be decided by the court. On Tuesday of this week, NAWG reported that Judge William Shubb granted NAWG’s request and implemented a temporary stay on the herbicide’s listing.
“We had a wonderful win this week, not only for consumers but for the entire ag coalition that has come into this lawsuit,” Goule said. “We were actually told it could take the judge four to six weeks to make a decision and he made it in less than a week. He questioned Prop 65 itself. He questioned why only one study was used to list glyphosate. This is a great win for us.”
The mere speed at which the judge was able to make his decision and in reviewing his decision, Goule says it is obvious Shubb has a clear understanding of the issue at hand and believes that this is a good sign as to how the eventual ruling will be made.
“I think this is a prime example that when you have good science and good data and the facts are on your side - the decision is easy,” he remarked. “Now, with that, do I expect an appeal from the other side? Of course, but we have got the backing of the information. I think this is a great sign of how this lawsuit will end up.”
Horn also asked Goule for his reaction to Oklahoma’s Jimmie Musick being named the next President of NAWG.
“Jimmie is going to be a fantastic president. He’s very interested in making sure we get around and he gets the opportunity to look around at all six classes of wheat,” Goule said. “Having someone from a large state like Oklahoma as President will also be very helpful. So it is going to be a great year and I really look forward to working with him.”
You can listen to Goule talk more about NAWG’s priorities for the upcoming Farm Bill and his preliminary expectations and also hear him touch on matters of trade as well, by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below.
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