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Foods Safety Groups Want Dicamba Registration Pulled

Food safety groups asked a federal judge in Arizona at the end of April to vacate the dicamba registrations of Bayer's XtendiMax herbicide, BASF's Engenia and Syngenta's Tavium, in an ongoing legal battle that could determine how or if the products can be used. The case is unlikely to affect the dicamba's availability for the upcoming growing season, because briefing schedules run through June in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona -- meaning a potential court decision could come later in the summer.
In April, the Center for Biological Diversity, National Family Farm Coalition, Pesticide Action Network, and Center for Food Safety filed a motion for summary judgement in Arizona court. Such a motion asks the court to rule based on the undisputed facts in a case. In addition, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in 2020 that a Trump administration approval of dicamba violated the notice-and-comment law. The Ninth Circuit agreed and ordered the EPA to act in response.
On Feb. 16, 2023, EPA posted label amendments to its public docket to further restrict over-the-top dicamba herbicides in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and South Dakota this upcoming growing season. If any further information comes out on the Arizona court case, IFCA will inform our membership.  If you have any questions regarding dicamba rules in Illinois, please contact KJ Johnson at the IFCA office.