AUDIO: Mike Naig, Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
Recently, several farm states have begun proposing their own additional restrictions to the Environmental Protection Agency for commercial use of dicamba. The latest states include North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana, Tennessee, and Minnesota. Iowa however, is not one of them.
“We’re certainly watching what other states are doing and seeing what types of additional restrictions they are putting in place to better understand the situation. In Iowa, we are not considering any additional restrictions,” Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig says.
He says the state is focused more on education.
“We’re really focused on education and outreach to make sure applicators understand what is on the label so when they go into 2018, they can safely use the product,” Naig says.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship plans to work with university partners on education outreach next year. “Look for meetings very soon,” Naig says.