Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation President Mike McCormick recently sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency urging them to reject the petition for rule making or formal agency interpretation of the Treated Article Exemption for seed treatments.

Seed treatments are an important competent to corn, cotton and soybean growers in Mississippi as they protect seeds from soil born pests to ensure good standards, prevent replanting and reduces pesticide inputs at planting.

“MFBF believes the current EPA guidance regarding the application of the Treated Article Exemption is more than sufficient and is correctly applied,” McCormick state in the letter. “We do not believe a rule making or additional formal EPA interpretation is necessary or appropriate. We urge EPA to deny the petition.”

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