Kansas Corn Growers Association executive director Jere White has testified before a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing examining the impact of U.S. EPA regulations on agriculture. EPA administrator Lisa Jackson also testified on a variety of issues, including NPDES permits for pesticides, water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and Gulf of Mexico, and the Endangered Species Act.
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White focused his testimony on atrazine as a safe herbicide used by American farmers for the past 50 years. He emphasized that atrazine is one of the most studied molecules on Earth and stressed that, for many farmers, the herbicide is a matter of staying in business during a difficult economy. According to the EPA’s own analysis, the removal of atrazine could cost farmers up to $28 an acre.
“Most farmers live next to their fields,” White said. “They raise their children in these environments. If there were any real harm in atrazine, the American farmer would have been the first to notice and the first to care. They value atrazine because it is effective and it is safe. That’s why well over half of all U.S. corn acres are protected from weeds by atrazine.”
To read Jere White’s entire testimony, click here.
(Source: Kansas Corn Growers Association)