Indianapolis -- We are pleased the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has completed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Enlist™ corn, Enlist soybean and Enlist E3™ soybean traits, and to see the review process moving forward. USDA’s “Preferred Alternative” as stated in the DEIS is to “deregulate all three” Enlist corn and soybean traits.
New data from November of 2013 indicate an astonishing 86 percent of corn, soybean and cotton growers in the South have herbicide-resistant or hard-to-control weeds on their farms. The number of farmers impacted by tough weeds in the Midwest has climbed as well, and now tops 61 percent. Growers need new tools now to address this challenge.
We look forward to USDA finalizing its review and deregulation of the technology so that American farmers can access Enlist corn and soybeans in 2015. Dow AgroSciences and university data show that Enlist will be a tool to help address the significant weed control problems that farmers are facing today.
The data package that supports the Enlist technology contains the latest state of the science on the trait and chemistry. The products have been reviewed and approved by other regulatory agencies around the world. We will continue to cooperate with the USDA and support Enlist as it advances toward regulatory approvals.