AFBF asks EPA to expand crop protection products for industrial hemp

The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Industrial Hemp Council submitted comments to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and asked the agency to add 10 crop protection products to those applications approved for use on hemp.

For “hemp to reach its full potential, it is essential that EPA take a leadership role in consistent review of applications for use on hemp, to facilitate a consistent and equal playing field to the degree possible across state jurisdictions. EPA’s approach here is encouraging on this front,” the groups wrote.

EPA requested comments regarding adding hemp to the labels of products registered under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.

The groups also asked EPA to approve these and additional applications to expand the range of approved products and provide their members with lawful pest control options beginning in 2020.

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