Herbicide 30 Years in the Making, Organic Hydroponics, and other legal news to ponder from Cape Law Firm

First new mode of action in 3 decades

FMC recently obtained a new mode of action classification for tetflupyrolimet, the first new herbicide with a novel mode of action in over 30 years. It is also the first active ingredient in Group 28 by the Herbicide Resistance Action Committee and Weed Science Society of America. Research studies indicate the herbicide is effective for control of grasses in the rice market, as well as some broadleaf weeds and sedges. As weed resistance to herbicides had grown, the lack of new modes of action has posed challenges for growers. This new herbicide adds another tool to the toolbox of options to combat weed resistance. FMC is pursuing registration of tetflupyrolimet products for launch in rice markets. Read more .

Hydroponic Farms can be Organic

Organic certification of hydroponic farming – a soil-less method of farming – has been debated for over 20 years. Agricultural products produced by organic methods are eligible for certification under the National Organic Program and can be labeled with USDA’s Organic certification mark. Arguments for and against organic certification of hydroponic crops have gained traction to varying degrees, often debating whether crops grown without soil can be considered organic. Last year the Center for Food Safety and a group of organic stakeholders filed suit to challenge USDA’s decision to allow organic certification of hydroponic crops. The court upheld the USDA’s position in a decision issued last month, finding that the Organic Food Production Act does not prohibit hydroponic agricultural systems from obtaining organic certification.

Cape Law Firm’s Frequently (or Randomly) Asked Questions

If my hemp tests “Hot” and I want to dispose of it by burning, can I do it by burning just a little bit at a time? Say maybe just as much as I could roll up in a little piece of paper?”

This question was just too darn good to pass up! Although there are no time or quantity limitations in USDA’s Final Rule for disposal of “hot” hemp by burning, it probably still needs to qualify as a “common agricultural practice.” A controlled burn of an entire field would qualify according to USDA. Of course it might also be a good idea to enlist the help of friends and neighbors and station them downwind of the burn to make sure it doesn’t get out of control (just a thought).

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