The Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) and Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) are working together during Husker Harvest Days to emphasize the negative impact the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule on atrazine could have on Nebraska famers. Visitors will have the opportunity to sign a petition and submit comments online, urging the EPA to reconsider their proposal.
EPA is proposing to drastically reduce the currently allowable application levels of atrazine, despite the fact that 7,000 independent scientific studies have proven the safety of atrazine. If the EPA’s proposed level of concern becomes the standard, effective use of the herbicide would be unachievable and would ultimately represent a de facto ban on the use of atrazine. Without atrazine, farm input costs could increase by 30 to 60 dollars per acre, which is a cost most farmers cannot afford. Nebraska’s farmers will also lose a valuable strategy in weed management and an essential tool for conservation and stewardship on their farm.
“It is critically important that Nebraska farmers do everything possible to push back on this proposal. Atrazine is too important of a weed management tool for their operations to sit by silently and wait to see what happens,” said Morgan Wrich, director of grower services of NeCGA. “Our goal at Husker Harvest Days is to educate farmers on the proposed atrazine regulation and encourage them to take action. When the EPA hears directly from farmers, it makes a difference.” The deadline to submit comments to the EPA is October 4.
In addition to Nebraska Corn’s atrazine efforts, the groups will also be talking about Nebraska’s value added opportunities. Our state is well known for its “Golden Triangle” of corn, livestock and ethanol. Nebraska is the third-largest producer of corn in the country, second in ethanol production and distillers grains, and first in cattle on feed. The synergies between these industries adds significant value to corn – via renewable biofuels, distillers’ grains and meat & dairy production – all within Nebraska’s borders, providing an incredible economic engine for the state.
Nebraska Corn is encouraging Husker Harvest Days attendees to take a moment to join them in the Agriculture Commodities Building (booth #8) during Husker Harvest Days, September 13-15 to learn more about what the organizations are doing to add value and build demand for Nebraska corn. Attendees will also have the opportunity to take action on the proposed atrazine regulation by signing a petition and submitting comments to the EPA online at “FightEPA.org.”