AGRI-PULSE, PHILIP BRASHER, STEVE DAVIES, AND BILL TOMSON
Scott and 10 other House Democrats are asking EPA to delay making potential herbicide registration revisions, including restrictions on dicamba, because of the high input costs farmers are facing.
“During this period of economic uncertainty caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, taking steps to restrict the number of herbicides that farmers can utilize could seriously exacerbate existing strains on supply chains, leading to shortages, increased demand for already supply-constrained alternatives, price hikes, and significant losses directly to farmers who have already purchased herbicide and seed for the upcoming 2022 growing season,” the lawmakers say in a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan.
The lawmakers said “three of the major alternative herbicides used over-the-top in row crops – glyphosate, glufosinate, and 2,4-D – have experienced significant price increases this year.”
Two Republicans also signed the letter, which was led by Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va.