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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced yesterday the reregistration of three dicamba formulations for over-the-top use on soybeans and cotton. The announcement includes restrictions on the use of the products, including a June 30 cutoff date for over-the-top use on soybeans. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association)

Iowa Soybean Farmers Applaud EPA Dicamba Decision

October 28, 2020

Statement on behalf of Iowa Soybean Association President Jeff Jorgenson of Sidney, Iowa

“Between extreme weather, trade disruptions and market uncertainties, there are no shortage of difficult issues facing farmers. This week’s decision providing continued access to dicamba as a weed management tool is welcomed news.

“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s announcement to reregister dicamba for 2021 and future years is significant in assuring farmers have access to this important crop protection tool to control yield-robbing weeds and provide much-needed certainty for farmers ahead of making seed variety decisions.

“Criteria published by the EPA includes input provided by ISA in a letter delivered to Administrator Wheeler in June, and a joint letter on behalf of several U.S. soybean organizations delivered in August. ISA continues to emphasize access to safe and effective weed-management options, with appropriate labels and effective applicator training. This work is important in representing Iowa’s 38,000 soybean farmers.

“Soybean growers understand the stewardship responsibilities that come with effective weed management. That’s why we support the science-based decision to keep dicamba available and appreciate the certainty that comes with a five-year registration.”

The Iowa Soybean Association (www.iasoybeans.com) is “Driven To Deliver” increased soybean demand through market development and new uses, farmer-focused research and results, timely information and know-how and policy initiatives enabling farmers and the industry to flourish. Founded in 1964 by farmers to serve farmers, ISA is governed by a board of 22 farmers to advocate on behalf of the state’s 40,000 soybean producers, including more than 15,000 ISA farmer members and industry stakeholders.