Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
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Dicamba Back in the Line of Fire

Since its launch as part of a cropping system, the popular herbicide dicamba has had plenty of regulatory hoops to jump through. In fact, not too many years after it was originally approved for use, the product’s label was cancelled mid-season due to a legal ruling.
However, it seemed as if all these issues had gone away once October 2020 rolled around. At the end of that month, the EPA reaffirmed dicamba’s product label. The note I received following this announcement from Daren Coppock, President and CEO of the Agricultural Retailers Association, said it all: “Ag retailers and their farmer-customers have already been working to make decisions for the 2021 growing season while waiting for clarity on if dicamba would be available for use,” said Coppock. “Now farmers and their retailers can make firmer plans for the next five years with this critical question answered.”
So, based upon this EPA decision, it seemed as if dicamba’s future until was secure until 2025. That’s why the recent email I received from the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA) was so disturbing.
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