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Farm Progress America, December 26, 2023

Mike Pearson tells listeners about the decision by the EPA to rescind a ban on the use of chlorpyrifos for 11 agricultural uses.

December 26, 2023

Mike Pearson tells us what the reversal of thee decision by the EPA to ban the use of chlorpyrifos for 11 agricultural uses.

The move comes in response to a November Federal Appeals Court decision to nullify the agency’s ban. Multiple ag groups applauded the decision. They argue it's not based in science.

The American Soybean Association has repeatedly spoken out against the blanket ban on chlorpyrifos. ASA director Alan Meadows says farmers rely on it to protect crops from destructive pests and to maintain conservation practices. He says the ban has harmed farmers’ crops and their livelihoods.

EPA banned most chlorpyrifos agriculture uses in 2022 after a court ruled the previous year that new rules were needed to protect infants and young children. It is believed it can hurt children with a decreased IQ, autism and hyperactivity.

The Eighth Circuit Court agreed, paving the way for chlorpyrifos to be used on alfalfa, apples, asparagus, tart cherries, citrus, cotton, peaches, soybeans, strawberries, sugar beets and wheat.

Farm Progress America is a daily look at key issues in agriculture. It is produced and presented by Mike Pearson, farm broadcaster and host of This Week in Agribusiness.

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