IFB members urged to comment on glyphosate use

By Ashley Rice

Illinois Farm Bureau urges members to submit comments to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in support of the agency’s proposed review of the continued use of glyphosate in agriculture.

The action request runs through Sept. 3. Members can submit their comments here.

“It is critical that federal regulatory agencies like EPA relay to consumers accurate, scientific based information about risks that pesticides may pose to them. EPA’s notification to glyphosate registrants is an important step to ensuring the information shared with the public on a federal pesticide label is correct and not misleading,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

Glyphosate is widely used in agricultural, residential and commercial areas to effectively manage weeds. Earlier this month, EPA reported that product labels claiming glyphosate is known to cause cancer will no longer be approved.

“It’s critically important that our farmer members voice their support for glyphosate because we know there have been a number of comments filed that ran in opposition to this very important product to agriculture in Illinois,” said Mark Gebhards, IFB executive director governmental affairs and commodities.

In addition to the IFB request for comments, the American Farm Bureau Federation has its own action request for comments from members available here

Farm Bureau members are encouraged to participate in either or both calls to action.