More than 60 ag groups, led by Bayer, have formed the Modern Ag Alliance to advocate for continued use of crop protection chemicals – glyphosate in particular. The alliance’s main goal “is instilling confidence in access to crop protection tools,” the group said in announcing its formation.

“Specifically, that pesticides registered with the EPA – and sold under a label consistent with the EPA’s own determinations – sufficiently satisfy requirements for health and safety warnings.” That’s in line with Bayer’s argument that the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act pre-empts state labels that attempt to warn of potential health risks from Roundup.

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The group's web site,, focuses on glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup. “For nearly half a century, glyphosate has been an instrumental tool in allowing American farmers to affordably protect crops from weeds, keep yields high and compete in the global market,” the main page says.

Groups in the alliance include the Corn Refiners Association, National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and a range of national and state grower associations.

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