Grassley concerned EPA will ban over the top dicamba application

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s concerned the EPA will ban over the top application of dicamba.

He tells Brownfield a recent meeting between lawmakers and EPA Administrator Michael Regan on pesticide registrations was ‘discouraging’.

“They feel like they have to give a review of all pesticides because of potential court cases because they have one court case chastising [them] for not doing it right,” Grassley said.

Grassley said most of the conversation was focused on dicamba.

The Iowa Senator said the EPA has already issued several decisions making weed and pest management more difficult and similar decisions could be coming.

“I left them with this, that if you can’t use dicamba for over the top application, you’re going to effectively ban dicamba,” he said.

Grassley said he wants an answer from Regan on how farmers should effectively control weeds without the use of dicamba.

Senators Mike Braun of Indiana, Joni Ernst of Iowa, and Roger Marshall of Kansas also participated in last week’s meeting with the EPA. 

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