- Comprehensive ESA Review Completed: Corteva Agriscience’s Enlist® herbicides have successfully undergone an extensive Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation process.
- Final Biological Opinion Issued: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) have issued a Final Biological Opinion (BiOp), lifting restrictions in key U.S. counties.
- Restoration in Restricted Counties: Key growing regions in Texas and Georgia will see restored access to Enlist herbicides with the elimination of whole-county application restrictions.
- Enhanced Weed Control Options for Farmers: The Enlist system, known for its low volatility and minimal physical drift, is now more accessible, offering practical and sustainable weed control.
- Ongoing Compliance with Label Guidelines: Applicators must follow current product labels and consult Endangered Species Protection Bulletins for specific regional guidelines.
Expanded Accessibility in Agriculture
Corteva Agriscience Inc., a leading name in the agriculture industry, has achieved a significant milestone with the expanded approval of its Enlist® herbicides. After a thorough review under the Endangered Species Act, these herbicides are now set for broader use in previously restricted areas of the United States, notably in critical counties of Texas and Georgia. This development marks a significant advancement for farmers in these regions, providing them with more effective tools for weed control in their agricultural practices.
The Path to Approval: ESA Consultation and Results
The process began with an exhaustive review by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a consultation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS). The outcome was a favorable Final Biological Opinion (BiOp) that paves the way for lifting restrictions on the use of Enlist herbicides in various counties. This decision underscores the herbicides’ compliance with environmental and safety standards, ensuring they pose minimal risks to endangered species and their habitats.
Impact on Sustainable Agriculture
According to Robert King, Executive Vice President of Crop Protection Business at Corteva Agriscience, the Enlist system stands out for its near-zero volatility and reduced potential for physical drift, making it a preferred choice for sustainable weed control. The EPA’s endorsement and the subsequent removal of county-wide restrictions are expected to provide farmers with greater certainty and access to environmentally responsible weed management solutions.
Guidelines for Applicators
Farmers and applicators are advised to continue adhering to the current product labels until supplemental labels are issued. They should also consult the Endangered Species Protection Bulletins, which will provide detailed guidance on targeted sub-county restrictions in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas. This measure ensures that the application of Enlist herbicides aligns with both environmental conservation efforts and the needs of modern agriculture.
The clearance for broader use of Enlist® herbicides represents a significant step forward in sustainable agriculture. It highlights Corteva’s commitment to developing innovative solutions that enhance agricultural productivity and respect and protect the environment. Farmers in the affected regions can now look forward to accessing these advanced herbicides, contributing to more efficient and sustainable farming practices.
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Corteva Files Lawsuit Against Inari To Safeguard IP (2023/09/29)
Corteva has filed a lawsuit against Inari Agriculture, Inc. and Inari Agriculture NV for allegedly obtaining its protected seeds through a third-party agent, making minor genetic modifications to the biotech traits of these seeds, and seeking U.S. patents for the modified traits. The lawsuit is significant as it highlights the importance of protecting intellectual property in the agricultural industry, where innovations take decades and substantial investments to develop.
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Corteva Agriscience (NYSE: CTVA) has released its Q2 and H1 2023 financial results, which showcase a mix of growth and challenges across its different segments. The company saw a 1% increase in net sales during H1 2023, with organic sales rising by 2%. The Seed segment was the main driver behind this growth, with seed net sales increasing by 8% and organic sales rising by 9%. The Crop Protection segment, however, saw a decline in both net sales and organic sales, down by 9%. Corteva’s management has revised its full-year 2023 guidance for net sales, Operating EBITDA, and Operating EPS. The CEO highlighted the company’s growth and innovative position, with new product announcements and exclusive agreements.
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Corteva Q1 2023 Reports Show 6% Increase in Net Sales (2023/05/04)
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Corteva Inc. Reports Strong 2022 Financial Results (2023/02/03)
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