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Ag Secretary Jim Reese Asserts Widespread Opposition to Proposed National Cutoff for Dicamba Use

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 11:09:01 CDT

Ag Secretary Jim Reese Asserts Widespread Opposition to Proposed National Cutoff for Dicamba Use Oklahoma’s Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese penned a letter to Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Andrew Wheeler Wednesday expressing the collective opposition of co-signing Secretaries, Commissioners and Directors of Agriculture from other states to a recent decision by Wheeler regarding the registration of dicamba-based herbicide products.

Wheeler has made the executive decision to include Xtendimax with VaporGrip Technology, Engenia and FeXapan with VaporGrip Technology in a list of products for the over-the-top use of genetically modified crops that will now require registration for future growing seasons beginning in 2019. EPA is expected to issue a decision regarding the labeling of products using Dicamba for 2019 in the near future.

Speaking on his peers’ behalf, Reese argues in the letter that the decision’s label imposed national cutoff date is burdensome to not only the affected states but to the EPA as well due to differing geographic and climatic conditions which require states to request exceptions from EPA.

“America is experiencing some of the best crop production in years and technology, genetics, and weed control are all contributors to this production,” the letter states.

Those states represented in the letter include Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. According to Reese, these states account for 72 percent of the US soybean production and 74 percent of US cotton production.

Reese asserts in his argument that the states should be allowed the right to set their own individual cutoff dates for dicamba use to align with their unique environmental conditions.

Read the Secretary’s full letter to Wheeler by clicking or tapping the link below.




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