Kansas Governor Laura Kelly urges EPA to reject changes that may hurt local farmers

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly urges EPA to reject changes that may hurt local farmers
Evert Nelson - member, The Topeka Capital-Journal

TOPEKA, Kan. -Kansas Governor Laura Kelly sent a letter to the EPA regarding its recently proposed change to the usage and labeling of certain herbicides.

Kelly specifically targeted the herbicide atrazine which helps Kansas farmers control weeds.

“I’m standing with Kansas farmers in urging the EPA to reject overly burdensome regulations that jeopardize our ag industry’s ability to feed families, provide jobs, and produce record-setting agricultural exports,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “These new requirements don’t improve safety – but they could limit crop yields and drive up prices at a time when we should be doing everything we can to fight inflation.”

Kelly says Atrazine has been an essential tool for farmers of many of Kansas’ valuable agriculture products since it was first registered as an herbicide more than 60 years ago.

“Today’s food producers need crop protection tools that are effective and environmentally sound,” Agriculture Secretary Mike Beam said. “The use of atrazine to control weeds allows the crop plant to maximize yield potential, optimizing the overall production efficiency and a decreased need for water and fertilizers. The potential adoption of a proposed level of concern far below the current level would significantly impair the effective use of atrazine on Kansas farms.”

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