Declaring that dicamba "is a valuable pest control tool for America’s farmers,” EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced Wednesday, Oct. 31 the agency was extending by two years the conditional registration for the herbicide to be used "over the top" to control weeds in dicamba-resistant soybeans and cotton.
Some activist groups and small-farm advocates seem to dislike anything that qualifies as a “big” agribusiness – especially those who sell crop protection chemicals. But they are increasingly being met by leaders who are openly trying to address their concerns.
A California state court judge issued a decision Monday to slash a jury award to a man who claims his exposure to Roundup caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but let the verdict against Bayer’s Monsanto stand.
Sentiment is growing for the Environmental Protection Agency to establish some type of cutoff for use of dicamba next year, when the agency makes it decision on whether to allow use of the controversial herbicide in 2019.
Bayer, which now includes Monsanto, will continue to defend itself from lawsuits alleging that the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup does not cause cancer, the company’s CEO told financial analysts in a teleconference Thursday.
Growers, weed scientists and manufacturers are keeping a close eye on early reports of off-target movement of dicamba, as spraying of the herbicide kicks into full gear throughout soybean- and cotton-growing states.