We want to make sure that all of our members are aware of current issues and events occurring in the industry, specifically those that have an effect on area farmers. Per routine registrations, the Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing regulations in regards to glyphosate. As I’m sure you are all aware, glyphosate is the active ingredient in many weed management products including Roundup®, a product that is versatile for many and not those just in farming. The review includes a public comment period where we all can make our voices heard, and that comment period is now open until the end of April.
If this is something that you feel strongly about, you are encouraged to share a comment of your own, or you can use the scripted comment below and submit it HERE to the EPA by April 30, 2018. If you have any questions for your Two Rivers Cooperative on this glyphosate review, stop by our office or give us a call.
Dear Administrator Pruitt,
America’s farmers need tools to protect their crops from troublesome weeds that can ruin harvests. With a 40-year history of safe and effective use, glyphosate-based herbicides are among the most versatile, safe and proven crop protection tools on the market. To help America’s farmers remain globally competitive, we ask you – the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – to continue to register glyphosate, as you have for more than four decades.
As you know, when it comes to safety, no other pesticide on the market has been more extensively tested. There is overwhelming consensus from experts around the world, including the EPA, that when applied to label, glyphosate can be used safely.
Glyphosate products are hugely beneficial on the farm and beyond. Not only do glyphosate products work great on weeds, but they also help farmers protect their soil and use resources more efficiently through conservation tillage.
We appreciate your consideration. Continued access to glyphosate is critical not only for America’s farmers, but also for gardeners, communities, and many others who need this one-of-a-kind tool to help control problematic weeds.