Sorghum Growers Disappointed in Chlorpyrifos Ruling

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops

National Sorghum Producers expressed disappointment in last week’s court decision to impose a ban on chlorpyrifos, a useful pesticide for sorghum growers.

sorghumLast week, a U.S. appeals court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to revoke tolerances and cancel all registration for chlorpyrifos within 60 days.

In response, NSP chairman Don Bloss of Nebraska expressed disappointment in the decision, calling the pesticide a “vital tool used in rotation to control damaging pests such as sorghum midge, various aphid species, and sorghum webworm and headworm.” NSP points out that chlorpyrifos has been evaluated and approved in 79 countries around the world and extensive studies “strongly point to a reduced risk product that should remain in the toolbox of American farmers.”

NSP offered up similar comments to CropLife America, hoping EPA would explore all avenues of appeal following review of the order.

Source: National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.