Ag Groups File Motion to Intervene in Glyphosate Lawsuit

DTN writer Todd Neeley reported last week that, “Agriculture interest groups and companies have filed a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit that challenges EPA’s interim registration of the herbicide glyphosate.

“In a motion filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco on [April 20], the ag groups said intervention is needed because the industry stands to lose an important tool to combat weeds.

“‘Growers rate weed control as their number one crop production challenge — more significant than pests, diseases, frosts, and many other kinds of growing impediments,’ the motion said.”

Mr. Neeley noted that, “In the motion to intervene, the ag groups said combating weeds without glyphosate could be costly.

“‘As the National Cotton Council has explained, weeds can reduce yields by an average of 30%,’ the motion said.”

The DTN article added that, “The court filings are just another development in a series of complicated legal battles over glyphosate, which has pitted EPA and the chemical’s registrant, Bayer, against environmentalists and consumers.”

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