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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District issued a ruling June 3 vacating U.S. registrations of several important crop protection products (including low-volatility dicamba) used by soybean farmers to manage weeds. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy/ISA)

Ninth Circuit vacates dicamba registrations
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated the registrations of three dicamba herbicides — Bayer's Xtendimax, BASF's Engenia and Corteva's FeXapan — after finding that EPA substantially understated or failed to consider the environmental and economic costs.

When it granted conditional registrations in October 2018, “EPA underestimated by as much as 25 percent the amount of DT [dicamba-tolerant] soybeans planted and, commensurately, the amount of dicamba herbicides applied in 2018,” which caused more than 1 million acres of damage in 18 states, the court said in its 56-page decision.

Loss of the herbicides in the middle of growing season will likely find growers scrambling to find alternatives. The court's decision does not address Tavium, Syngenta's dicamba herbicide. 

CFAP signup now available
Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available online, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff members are available via phone, fax and online tools to help producers complete applications. The agency set up a call center in order to simplify how they serve new customers across the nation. Producers can download the CFAP application and other eligibility forms from farmers.gov/cfap.

Biodiesel plant to expand
Hero BX has purchased an additional 3.3 acres in Clinton’s Lincolnway Industrial Rail and Air Park for expansion of its biodiesel facility. Hero’s expansion project has been slowed due to the downturn in the biodiesel business and to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the company plans to put the newly retrofitted plant into production in the coming weeks, according to the Clinton Herald.

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