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EPA issues existing stocks order for dicamba

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued an existing stocks order for dicamba, allowing for its limited use in 2024.

Ted McKinney, CEO of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, says the organization is pleased with the EPA’s actions. “Farmers, retailers, or anybody who has possession of dicamba outside the confines of the registrant or the manufacturer will be allowed to use it in this coming season,” he says.

The order applies to dicamba that was “packaged, labeled, and released for shipment” prior to the February 6 ruling that vacated dicamba registration. Products include Bayer’s XtendiMax herbicide with VaporGrip Technology, BASF’s Engenia Herbicide, and Syngenta’s Tavium Plus VaporGrip Technology. 

He tells Brownfield the move provides assurance to America’s farmers. “For them to have not been allowed at all to use this, if it were denied entirely, it would have created incredible havoc,” he says.  “In finances, in crop production, and productivity.”

McKinney says EPA followed precedent. “This is not new,” he says. “This has been done before and has been the wise decision.”

In an email to Brownfield, a spokesperson for Bayer says the decision was welcomed. “Customers who have already invested in XtendiMax can continue to use and benefit from the technology this season,” they say. “Our top priority is that growers have the products and support they need to have a successful season.”

President of the National Council for Famer Cooperatives Chuck Conner says by allowing the use of products that were already in the supply chain, EPA is providing some level of certainty for cotton and soybean farmers across the country. 

AUDIO: Ted McKinney, NASDA

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