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“My farming operation was decimated by 2,4-D exposure. The government’s consideration of the impact of its actions is a necessary first step in ensuring no other specialty crop producer has to endure the devastation that my farm has experienced,” said Gary Phelps, a tree farmer based in Kentucky.
“We are facing a huge increase in use of America’s most dangerous herbicides. The federal government ought to take stock of how that would work out,” said Jody Herr, a vegetable farmer from Indiana.
These farmers’ concerns are echoed by the vegetable processors they sell to, names like Seneca and Red Gold.
“The dramatic increase in the use of 2,4-D and dicamba, and these herbicides known impacts on off-target crops threaten the survival of the specialty crop production in the Midwest. It’s time USDA, the stewards of American agriculture, stood up and considered the cumulative impacts of all these crops,” said Steve Smith of Red Gold, an Indiana-based food processor.
The Save Our Crops Coalition is confident USDA and EPA will act to address the concerns of a multitude of growers and processors representing nearly every segment of American agriculture.
Today, the Save Our Crops Coalition announced its opposition to the deregulation of Dow 2,4-D Tolerant Corn. The Save Our Crops Coalition considers Dow’s 2,4-D Tolerant Corn and other synthetic auxin tolerant crops a significant threat to broadleaf crops in the U.S.. The Save Our Crops Coalition, itself, intends to submit a comment to USDA to voice its concerns about 2,4-D spray drift and volatilization, but wanted to publicly provide a form summary comment to its membership to allow them to appropriately and effectively engage the regulatory process.
The comment period closes on April 27, 2012, so please get your comments in as soon as possible!
The Save Our Crops Coalition is pleased Dow AgroSciences has chosen to respond to SOCC’s announcement of its formation yesterday. SOCC is heartened by Dow’s statements expressing a commitment to delivering new solutions to address the concerns of the coalition’s membership, many of whom are Dow’s customers.
SOCC is pleased to have an ongoing dialogue with petitioners for non-regulated status before the US Department of Agriculture, and pesticide registrants before the Environmental Protection Agency. SOCC has never declined a request to meet with petitioners or registrants.
However, SOCC is disappointed by Dow’s suggestion that the coalition’s participation in the regulatory process is “adversarial.” Just as Dow has chosen to engage the regulatory process, SOCC intends to participate in an appropriate and respectful manner to ensure its concerns are addressed.
SOCC looks forward to an ongoing dialogue with Dow and the other petitioners and registrants about how to best address injuries to non-target crops caused by an unprecedented increase in the use of 2,4-D and dicamba.