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Dow, Save Our Crops reach agreement on 2,4D

Dow AgroSciences and the Save Our Crops Coalition, a group of Midwestern farmers and vegetable processors, announced today that they have resolved SOCC’s concerns regarding the potential for herbicide injury to non-target plants following the introduction of the new 2,4-D tolerant crops.

“Through these discussions, both Dow AgroSciences and SOCC have achieved a better understanding of the each other’s perspective and concerns as well as have agreed to take additional steps to ensure the coexistence of the Enlist™ technology with sensitive crops,” the two entities said in a joint news release.

In light of the commitments made by Dow AgroSciences, SOCC will amend its comments and petitions to the Agriculture Department and Environmental Protection Agency to the extent they challenge applications for approval of Dow AgroSciences’ new seed and herbicide products to be commercialized as part of the Enlist™ Weed Control System.

SOCC said it believes commitments made by Dow AgroSciences represent substantial measures to mitigate potential non-target plant damage impacts from herbicide spray drift and volatilization associated with 2,4-D tolerant crops.

Dow AgroSciences will request an amendment to its label pending before EPA to include additional statements relating to herbicide applications near sensitive crops. The company also reaffirmed its commitments to assist in the investigation, diagnosis and resolution of alleged non-target claims, and in educating growers and applicators in management practices and proper application to reduce off target movement, especially in areas with sensitive crops.

“SOCC notes that impressive research findings presented by Dow AgroSciences have been published in refereed journal articles,” the news release said. Specifically, SOCC cites company research indicating the reduced drift and volatilization potential of its new herbicide solution for Enlist crops.