AFBF urging farmers to comment on glyphosate
Farmers across the Delmarva region can comment on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s review of glyphosate, the popular herbicide used in Roundup.
With a deadline of Sept. 3, the American Farm Bureau Federation is encouraging farmers to use a federation website to enter comments that will be sent to the EPA.
The federal agency is holding a public comment period in response to its recent review of the herbicide, which said it poses “no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label and that glyphosate is not a carcinogen.”
The loss of glyphosate would be a blow particularly to regional farmers, said Lindsay Thompson, executive director of Maryland Grain Producers.
“Glyphosate is a very important tool in a farmer’s toolbox for weed control especially in Maryland because of our adoption of no-till and conservation tillage,” she said. “We also don’t want to lose glyphosate as a tool because if you’re using just one herbicide, you’re going to build up (weed) resistance.”
It’s important for farmers to be heard during the comment process to counter activist groups opposing the EPA’s review, the American Farm Bureau Federation said. Glyphosate is one of the most studied agricultural chemicals in existence, said Richard Wilkins, president of the Delaware Farm Bureau.
“It’s one of the safest weed control products that are available in the marketplace, and keeping it in use is something that we strong support,” he said.
The Farm Bureau’s online comment form is at https://www.fb.org/advocacy/action-alerts/crop-protection.
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