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.
A European Food Safety Authority review did not find “any critical areas of concern” in a peer review it conducted of a risk assessment of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as the European Union prepares to vote later this year on the future of the herbicide on the continent.
In an effort to reduce impacts to endangered species, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to roll out a strategy next month that will take what the agency says is a broad approach to reducing runoff and spray drift from herbicide applications, officials told an advisory group last week.
The upcoming election could further shrink Democratic representation of rural areas in the House of Representatives, making it more difficult for agriculture advocates and the pesticide industry to find lawmakers who can get federal regulators’ attention.
Restrictions designed to limit off-target dicamba damage to crops and other plants did not put a halt to widespread complaints of such damage in 2021, EPA said in an ecological risk assessment released Thursday.
Corn and sorghum growers are making the case that newly proposed restrictions on atrazine use will lead to their practicing less conservation tillage, resulting in reduced carbon sequestration at a time American agriculture is trying to make inroads in the fight against climate change.