Farming groups urge EPA to approve pesticides for hemp

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National hemp and farming associations are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to hurry up and make a decision pesticide applications for hemp production.

The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Industrial Hemp Council asked the EPA to promptly approve the 10 applications to add hemp to the labels of presently registered pesticide solutions.

The groups also asked the agency in a public letter to approve more applications to expand the variety of authorized solutions and so that farmers have legal choices for hemp pest handle in the 2020 planting season and beyond.

“For hemp to attain its complete prospective, it is necessary that EPA take a leadership role” in the types of pesticides utilized on hemp, the groups wrote in the letter.

In August, federal pesticide regulators stated they would start reviewing solutions for use on hemp, a important step toward generating the newly legal crop a national commodity.

The 30-day public comment period ended Sept. 23.

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