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Requesting Realistic Rules

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The National Cotton Council monitored court cases, agency rulemaking and numerous regulations that potentially could prevent cotton producers’ access to necessary tools that affect their profitability. ■ What were some major regulatory issues addressed in 2020? The NCC’s comments to the Environmental Protection Agency on regulatory transparency suggested that research models should be scrapped if the agency’s data do not ... Read More »

EPA proposes further restrictions on paraquat herbicide

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The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new regulations surrounding the use of paraquat dichloride herbicide and is accepting public comments on it through Jan. 11, 2021. The proposed interim decision for paraquat, if finalized and adopted, would further restrict how the product can be applied by prohibiting aerial applications to crops except to cotton as a harvest aid. The proposal ... Read More »

BASF updates Engenia label, plans 2 related product launches

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On the heels of the Environmental Protection Agency’s reregistration of Engenia-brand dicamba, BASF has updated the label to reflect application changes. The company also hopes to launch two products that can be used in conjunction with Xtend crops. Label enhancements The new Engenia herbicide registration includes updated label enhancements to further reduce the potential for off-target applications. They include: • ... Read More »

EPA extends dicamba registrations with new rules for 5 years

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently approved registrations for two dicamba products for another five years and extended the registration of another dicamba product. All three registrations include new control measures to ensure these products can be used effectively while protecting the environment, including non-target plants, animals, and other crops not tolerant to dicamba. “With today’s decision, farmers now have ... Read More »

Meeting With Resistance

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The National Cotton Council soon will submit comments in response to an EPA proposal that could negatively affect the way Bt crop resistance is managed. What does the proposal entail? ■ Early in September, the Environmental Protection Agency released its “Draft Proposal to Improve Lepidopteran Resistance Management.” The draft indicates EPA has accepted that some species of caterpillar pests already ... Read More »

EPA proposes sweeping changes to Bt crops in the Cotton Belt

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• By Pat Porter • This week, the Environmental Protection Agency released a draft plan that essentially overhauls many of the regulations around insect resistance management in Bt crops grown in the Cotton Belt. There are many major changes proposed, one of which is that field failures are presumed to be cases of “practical resistance” if certain criteria are met ... Read More »