National Sorghum Producers Pleased with EPA Interim Decision on Vital Crop Protection Tools

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 18, 2020)—National Sorghum Producers welcomed the announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today regarding the reregistration of the triazine herbicides: atrazine, propazine and simazine. In this long-awaited announcement, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler declared these vital crop protection tools safe for continued use in controlling resilient weeds.

“Atrazine is an immensely important crop management tool for sorghum farmers,” said NSP CEO Tim Lust. “NSP, in collaboration with the Triazine Network and other stakeholders, has been working with EPA for years to ensure farmers have access to these tools necessary for environmentally and economically sustainable crop production. ”

Atrazine is the most researched pesticide in history, and over 50 years of use lend itself to a proven safety record for the herbicide. This announcement concludes a periodic re-evaluation process the EPA is required to do for existing pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The next step for triazine herbicides is a draft biological evaluation required under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which is expected to be published in October.

“We know there is more to be done to ensure sorghum producers have access to safe and reliable products like atrazine,” Lust said. “NSP has always promoted high-quality, scientific studies regarding community health and environmental impacts, and we remain committed to working with the EPA through the ESA evaluation process to see that sound, scientific research is followed to protect these important crop protection tools.”

Atrazine has been a proven, dependable herbicide for more than 50 years, undergoing extensive review by the EPA over time. The final ESA assessment is expected to be released in 2021.

National Sorghum Producers represents U.S. sorghum producers and serves as the voice of the sorghum industry coast to coast through legislative and regulatory representation and education. To learn more about NSP, visit www.sorghumgrowers.com.

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.