This week, farmers have a chance to send a message of support for biotechnology to the EPA and USDA. Enlist is new crop protection technology from Dow AgroSciences, but the EPA and USDA have demanded a public comment period before they will approve the new technology. As Damon Palmer with Dow explains, Enlist will provide a new tool for growers to combat weed resistance, “Enlist provides another tool that farmers can use to fight against growing weed resistance in their fields.” The public comment period ends March 11. “They are using this comment period to gain comments from the industry and other stakeholders on this technology,” Palmer told Hoosier Ag Today. Dow AgroSciences has set up a special web page to help growers make comments. Palmer explained the site is easy to use and will only take a few minutes to register support for the Enlist technology.
Voice your support at https://www.advancefarming.com/petition_form.htm
Palmer says it is important for growers to make a strong showing, as this public comment period may set the standard for future registration for new crop protection technologies, “Biotechnology has been a great tool that farmers have been able to incorporate into their operations for the past 15 years.” He added biotechnology has provided some significant environmental gains such as the ability to use no till or minimal tillage techniques, “Biotechnology is an important tool for the future, and Enlist is just one of those technologies.”
Enlist has been used in test plots across the Midwest for the past 2 years and will again be on display in 2014. Palmer says grower response to the new technology has been extremely favorable, “They are very pleased that Enlist builds on the Roundup Ready system that they are familiar with, and it brings another mode of action that they can use to control these hard to control weeds.”