Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

BISHOP REQUESTS SOLUTION FOR FARMERS REGARDING DICAMBA

Jun 11, 2020
Press Release

COLUMBUS, GA – Yesterday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, and Ranking Member Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler regarding the uncertainty surrounding use of the herbicide dicamba for agricultural producers.

Bishop and Fortenberry wrote, “The effect of this ruling during the middle of growing season may prevent cotton and soybean farmers from using these products in combating weeds and create unnecessary challenges for these agricultural producers. As you are likely aware, these farmers are already faced with threats to their livelihoods from the ongoing global pandemic as well as several years of low prices caused by trade disputes with our largest trading partners.”

They are requesting a temporary solution for the current growing season, as the court decision banning dicamba occurred in the middle of growing season.

The full text of the letter is here.