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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 »

Registrants ask for rehearing of Ninth Circuit’s June 3 dicamba decision

UPDATED — BASF, Bayer and Corteva Agriscience filed separate petitions July 20 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit requesting a rehearing of its June 3 decision. The court’s ruling vacated Environmental Protection Agency registrations for three dicamba-based herbicides without giving two registrants an opportunity to be heard. The three dicamba products affected are Engenia from BASF, ... Read More »

Environmental groups seek immediate halt to dicamba spraying

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The same environmental groups that successfully filed a suit in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate registrations for three dicamba products have since asked the court to find the Environmental Protection Agency administrator in contempt. They filed an emergency motion June 11 asking the court find EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in contempt for refusing to abide by a ... Read More »

Texas ag commissioner to seek Section 18 for 3 dicamba products

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Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller plans to request a Section 18 from the Environmental Protection Agency to allow the continued use of dicamba in Texas under emergency conditions despite last week’s court ruling. “The Texas cotton crop is going in the ground right now and our cotton growers must have certainty,” Miller said in a Texas Department of Agriculture news ... Read More »

SC farmers lose use of important herbicides early in the season

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One of the most widespread and effective herbicides in South Carolina farmers’ arsenal has been barred from sale early in the growing season. Officials with the Department of Pesticide Regulation, a state regulatory agency based at Clemson University, South Carolina, issued a statement this week on the effect a U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling and subsequent U.S. Environment ... Read More »

How a California court ruling affects Alabama cotton farmers

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Alabama producers with dicamba-tolerant crops in the ground are struggling to come to terms with a constantly changing situation surrounding a California Circuit Court ruling. California’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a dicamba ban effective immediately for XtendiMax, Engenia and FeXapan. This circuit court has issued a number of orders against pesticide and herbicide use on crops in recent ... Read More »