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Dow Enlist technology advances in USDA regulatory process, comment period now open until Feb. 24

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the completion of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Dow AgroSciences new Enlist™ corn, Enlist soybean and Enlist E3™ soybean traits and notice has been published in the Federal Register announcing the opening of a public comment period for the DEIS. The Dow AgroSciences press statement outlining this action may be accessed here.

On January 10, there was a notice posted to the Federal Register announcing the opening of a comment period for the DEIS. The comment period is an opportunity for growers and others to provide input on the Enlist corn and soybean traits as USDA conducts its review.

The full DEIS is available at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/brs/aphisdocs/24d_deis.pdf. For an abbreviated summary of highlights, please see the Q&A sheet prepared by the USDA.

According to Megan Provost of Dow AgroSciences, “This is a significant step forward in the regulatory process, and we are pleased to see this progress. As you know firsthand, American farmers urgently need new technology to address resistant and tough weeds. New data from November 2013 indicate 61 percent of corn and soybean growers in the Midwest have herbicide-resistant or hard-to-control weeds on their farms. This weed resistance problem is particularly challenging in Indiana.” Dow AgroSciences and university data show that Enlist will be a tool to help address these significant weed control challenges.

There are two ways to get involved and support Dow’s efforts to obtain approval from USDA on their Enlist corn and soybean traits:

1. Submit comments to the docket. The docket, open now until February 24, 2014, is available at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0042.

2. Sign the petition. Dow is also collecting signatures on a petition that provides stakeholders with an easy way to support Enlist. The petition will be submitted to USDA for the trait comment period and to EPA for their upcoming comment period on the new herbicide formulation. Members may visit www.advancefarming.com/petition.htm and enter their name, city, and state to show their support.

For more information, or for assistance regarding participation in the USDA comment period, please contact Kyle Cline, National Policy Advisor, (317) 692-7845 or kcline@infarmbureau.org.

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