Two strategies to address endangered species reviews of farm inputs at the Environmental Protection Agency are moving forward, but ag and environmental groups want important changes before either policy is finalized.
EPA has released a draft strategy addressing the impact of herbicides on federally endangered species in a bid to streamline legally required — but often lengthy — consultations with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
House Republican leaders have been struggling to get the votes to move a partisan fiscal 2024 funding bill for USDA and FDA ahead of the long summer recess, raising fresh doubts about how soon lawmakers can start working on the farm bill this fall.
The legal fight over sulfoxaflor, an insecticide used on a wide variety of crops, is expected to enter a new phase as EPA tries to give itself enough time to complete endangered species assessments and environmental groups continue pushing to ban the product.