As the EPA prepared to make label changes for the herbicide dicamba after it caused widespread crop damage, the agency depended on the herbicide’s maker for guidance.
Argentina and Brazil may fill China’s soybean needs if China imposes a 25% tariff on U.S. soybean exports.
The EPA lessened protections for crops and wildlife habitats after Monsanto supplied research that presented lower estimates of how far dicamba can drift, according to a review of federal documents.
After drift from dicamba harmed millions of acres of soybeans in 2017, environmental groups are worried that it could damage sensitive ecological areas, particularly habitats for monarch butterflies.
Just nine of 30 agribusiness companies have followed through on a pledge to implement the Farm Bureau's 2014 "Core Principles" for transparency in the collection of farmers’ data.
Pesticide applicators in Illinois warned ag officials in 2016 about the potential damage from dicamba.
More than 100 Illinois pesticide retailers reported the weed killer dicamba drifted and damaged soybeans even when it was sprayed in good conditions, according to a recent industry survey.
As the amount of foreign-controlled farmland doubled between 2004 and 2014, the USDA has lapsed in enforcing the law requiring foreign investors to report transactions of farmland.