GEORGIA FARM BUREAU AND GEORGIA AGRIBUSINESS COUNCIL DISAPPOINTED WITH EPA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kenny Burgamy
MACON, Ga. – Monday, June 8th, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a response to the recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to set aside three Dicamba registrations.
While Georgia Farm Bureau and the Georgia Agribusiness Council appreciate the EPA’s efforts to provide clarity to farmers and ag retailers after the gross overreach, we are frustrated that the agency did not allow a more expanded use of existing stocks.
“It is another frustrating development for our members at this late stage in the planting and growing season for cotton and soybean producers,” Georgia Farm Bureau President Gerald Long said. “By foregoing the expanded use of existing stocks more hardships have been placed on Georgia producers,” Long said.
Will Bentley, President of the Georgia Agribusiness Council said, “We appreciate the effort by the EPA to provide guidance in a difficult situation, however, we feel the agency did not go far enough to follow their longstanding protocol that would allow the remaining stocks of Dicamba held by our ag retailers to be sold and applied in a critical time for farmers.” “Our organizations believe that this announcement does not fully address the confusion that exists and in fact, we think this continues to cloud the issue,” Bentley said.
Both Georgia Farm Bureau and the Georgia Agribusiness Council were stunned with last week’s decision from the 9thCircuit. The two organizations advocate for Georgia farmers and agribusinesses and have said the court’s conclusion removes an invaluable tool and resource at a time when growers cannot afford another setback.
About Georgia Farm Bureau
Georgia Farm Bureau is a membership-based nonprofit dedicated to providing a face and voice for farmers and families involved in agriculture. With more than 260,000 members and 158 offices across Georgia, it is the state’s largest farm organization. GFB offers leadership and assistance, farm product promotion, and legislative representation
About Georgia Agribusiness Council
The Georgia Agribusiness Council strives to advance the business of agriculture through legislative advocacy, economic development, environmental stewardship, and leadership development to enhance the quality of life for all Georgians. The GAC is a diverse membership council that represents all sectors of the ag industry including growers, manufacturers, ag retail, plant food, crop protection, gins, green industry, commodity groups, and others.