Sonny Perdue re-affirms USDA support for EPA following court’s dicamba decision


A three-judge panel ruled that the EPA substantially understated the risks related to dicamba and that the herbicde can no longer be sold.

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue was disappointed with the decision made by the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate dicamba registrations.

“Producers need all the tools in their toolbox to produce the world’s food, fuel, and fiber, and USDA re-affirms its support for EPA’s science-based process for assessing and managing ecological risks, balanced against the agricultural and societal benefits of crop protection tools,” he said. “USDA stands ready to assist its federal partners in meeting that goal. Farmers across America have spent hard earned money on previously allowed crop protection tools. I encourage the EPA to use any available flexibilities to allow the continued use of already purchased dicamba products, which are a critical tool for American farmers to combat weeds resistant to many other herbicides, in fields that are already planted. Unfortunately, the Ninth Circuit has chosen to eliminate one of those tools.”