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U.S. EPA denies activist petition and retains all Chlorpyrifos tolerances

On Oct. 30, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposal to revoke U.S. food tolerances for the insecticide chlorpyrifos. This proposal was an outcome of a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision ordering EPA to respond to allegations about chlorpyrifos in a 2007 petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA), even before the agency had finished its formal health and safety evaluations of the product underway in registration review.

On Nov. 17, 2016, the EPA released a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) with accompanying assessments to notify the public of the data that the agency may use to support its proposed decision to revoke all chlorpyrifos tolerances. Both of these releases by EPA offered the opportunity for public comment and many comments were submitted in support of retaining chlorpyrifos tolerances from universities, stakeholders, growers and customers in the ensuing comment periods. Dow AgroSciences also submitted a comprehensive response to both EPA releases.

On March 29, 2017, the U.S. EPA announced that it would not proceed forward at this time with any restrictions for chlorpyrifos or changes to U.S. tolerances. In addition, EPA has notified the courts that it is denying the NGO petition in full. Instead, EPA announced that it will focus its attention on updating and revising its human health assessment for chlorpyrifos under the standard procedures of the Registration Review process scheduled for completion Oct. 1, 2022, in order to support future decision-making.

Dow AgroSciences believes the science and established legal and regulatory standards and processes support the EPA decision to deny the activist petition and retain all chlorpyrifos tolerances. Dow AgroSciences remains confident that authorized uses of chlorpyrifos products offer wide margins of protection for human health and safety. This is the right decision for farmers who, in about 100 countries, rely on the effectiveness of chlorpyrifos to protect more than 50 crops from damaging insect pests, some of which can only be effectively controlled with chlorpyrifos. Dow AgroSciences will continue to cooperate with EPA under the established Registration Review process in its scientific review of this important crop protection solution.

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Phil Jost
Dow AgroSciences
U.S. Insecticides Marketing Leader

U.S. EPA registers Enlist Duo® herbicide for use in additional states

Dow AgroSciences continues to bring solutions to help growers get more yield from every acre. Recently, the company received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration for expanded use of Enlist Duo® herbicide. Pending state registrations, growers will be able to use Enlist Duo on Enlist cotton. Additionally, EPA expanded the existing registration of Enlist Duo for use in corn and soybeans to 19 additional states.

Dow AgroSciences developed Enlist Duo — a combination of glyphosate and new 2,4-D choline — to meet the needs of growers struggling with hard-to-control and resistant weeds. The Enlist weed control system allows growers to use multiple modes of action to target problem weeds in their fields.

For 2017, the Enlist cotton trait will be available exclusively in a number of high-yielding PhytoGen® brand varieties. This technology is stacked with Genuity® Roundup Ready® Flex and WideStrike® 3 Insect Protection to give growers season-long control of above-ground insects with industry-leading three-gene protection.

In addition, the EPA expanded the use of Enlist Duo on Enlist corn and Enlist soybeans to 19 additional states for a total of 34 states. Those states are:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Once state registrations and import approvals are received, growers will be able to use this groundbreaking technology on corn, soybeans and cotton that contain the Enlist trait. See the state registration list for the current status of state registrations.

Visit Enlist.com to learn more about Enlist technology, including Enlist traits and Enlist Duo® herbicide with Colex-D® technology. To learn about grower experiences with the Enlist weed control system, check out Experiencing Enlist.

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State registrations for Enlist Duo® herbicide continue to roll in, giving cotton growers the ability to take full advantage of the Enlist weed control system.

®™DOW Diamond, Colex-D, Enlist, Enlist Duo, the Enlist Logo and WideStrike are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. ®PhytoGen is a trademark of PhytoGen Seed Company, LLC. PhytoGen Seed Company is a joint venture between Mycogen Corporation, an affiliate of Dow AgroSciences LLC, and the J.G. Boswell Company. ®Genuity and Roundup Ready are registered trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC. Always follow IRM, grain marketing and all other stewardship practices and pesticide label directions. Roundup Ready® crops contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate herbicides. Glyphosate herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. B.t. products may not yet be registered in all states. Check with your seed representative for the registration status in your state. The Enlist weed control system is owned and developed by Dow AgroSciences LLC. Enlist Duo herbicide is not registered for sale or use in all states or counties. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your area. Always read and follow label directions. ©2017 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Dow AgroSciences introduces 0% financing on crop protection products

Dow AgroSciences is partnering with Rabo AgriFinance to offer convenient 0% financing to growers who purchase participating crop protection products by March 31, 2017.

Some of the participating products include:

  • Corn herbicides: Resicore®, SureStart® II, FulTime® NXT, Hornet® WDG, Keystone® LA NXT, Keystone NXT and Surpass® NXT
  • Soybean herbicides: Sonic® and Surveil®
  • Nitrogen stabilizers: Instinct® II, Instinct® HL and N-Serve®
  • Insecticides: Blackhawk®, Cobalt® Advanced, Delegate® and Transform®
  • Plus, many cereals herbicides, specialty herbicides and fungicides. See the full list here.

To help growers manage their input costs, Dow AgroSciences is also offering bonus incentives to growers who purchase qualifying seed brands. In the Northern states identified here, there is a 2 percent financing bonus on qualified crop protection purchases for growers who purchase 40 units of corn seed or 160 units of soybean seed from the following brands: Mycogen®, Brodbeck Seeds, Dairyland Seed®, Pfister Seeds or Prairie Brand Seed®.

For more information about qualifying products, retailer eligibility and grower requirements, visit DowGrowerFinancing.com.

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®™DOW Diamond, Blackhawk, Brodbeck Seeds, Cobalt, Dairyland Seed, Delegate, FulTime, Hornet, Instinct, Keystone, Mycogen, N-Serve, Pfister Seeds, Prairie Brand Seed, Resicore, Sonic, SureStart, Surpass, Surveil and Transform are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. Cobalt Advanced, FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT and Keystone NXT are federally Restricted Use Pesticides. Blackhawk, Cobalt Advanced, FulTime NXT, Instinct HL, Instinct II, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Resicore, Sonic, SureStart II, Surpass NXT, Surveil and Transform are not registered for sale or use in all states. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Resicore, SureStart II and Surpass NXT are not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. State restrictions on the sale and use of Hornet WDG apply. Consult the label before purchase or use for full details. Do not fall-apply anhydrous ammonia south of Highway 16 in the state of Illinois. Always read and follow label directions. ©2016 Dow AgroSciences LLC

How do you measure perfect?

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Farm Progress Show attendees at the Dow AgroSciences tent were encouraged to pick a button displaying what perfect means to them.

How do you measure perfect? Whether it’s striving for the ideal crop or operation, the definition of perfect is unique to every grower and retailer.

Dow AgroSciences encouraged attendees at the 2016 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, to display what perfect means to them. Whether continuing a tradition, doing the right thing, caring for the land or feeding the world, attendees were invited to pick a button to show their idea of perfect.

For Dow AgroSciences, the measure of perfect is a continuous push to find solutions to help growers achieve their individual goals for their operations.

Through cutting-edge technology and a dedicated sales force, Dow AgroSciences is constantly pushing to bring innovative solutions to growers.

Weed control solutions to fit every acre
For corn growers, Dow AgroSciences launched Resicore® herbicide in early 2016 to get power over weeds. Resicore is a novel, easy-to-use formulation featuring three leading active ingredients and three modes of action to deliver powerful broad-spectrum control of more than 70 broadleaf weeds and annual grasses. Resicore gives growers a new and effective way to control the toughest weeds.

Soybean growers looking to control weeds such as marestail, giant ragweed or Palmer amaranth also have options from Dow AgroSciences. Helping growers continue the drive toward perfect, Sonic® and Surveil® preemergence soybean herbicides have multiple modes of action to control weeds in different ways. With long-lasting residual control, Sonic and Surveil keep yield-robbing weeds at bay for optimized yield potential.

Postemergence weed control options are increasingly limited due to resistance issues. The Enlist weed control system takes postemergence weed control to a whole new level. The Enlist system advances herbicide and trait technologies — combining the proven control of a new 2,4‑D and glyphosate in Enlist Duo® herbicide. Enlist soybeans offer a third tolerance to glufosinate.

Nitrogen management solutions
In addition to controlling troublesome weeds, many corn growers make a significant investment in nitrogen fertilizer. Instinct® II and N-Serve® nitrogen stabilizers work below ground to keep nitrogen in the root zone where corn needs it. Instinct II and N-Serve are proven to provide an average 7-bushel-per-acre increase compared with untreated acres by slowing the nitrification process.*

N-Serve can be applied with anhydrous ammonia. Instinct II protects nitrogen when applied with UAN, urea and liquid manure. Both products are proven to perform in fall or spring.

For a full list of Dow AgroSciences product offerings to help achieve your customers’ perfect season, visit DowAgro.com.

*Average 7-bushel yield return vs. nontreated acres from 2015 trials.

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What perfect mean to you

Dow AgroSciences invited Farm Progress Show attendees to grab a button to describe what “perfect” means to them. From tradition to the land to family, everyone’s perfect looks different, and Dow AgroSciences is there to help growers achieve their vision of perfect.

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Enlist Duo, Instinct II, Resicore, Sonic and Surveil are not registered for sale or use in all states. Resicore is not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Do not fall-apply anhydrous ammonia south of Highway 16 in the state of Illinois. Always read and follow label directions. ©2016 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Collaboration, transparency key to building consumer trust

Agricultural/food companies and growers must work together to build consumer trust through greater transparency. That was a key takeaway from a diverse panel of experts who spoke at a Dow AgroSciences event in Indianapolis recently.

Joe Kelsay, government affairs manager for Dow AgroSciences and sixth-generation farmer, moderated the discussion.

Panelists included:

  • Kelly Johnston, Campbell Soup Company vice president of government affairs
  • Pat Duncanson, Minnesota grower
  • Tim Richter, Iowa grower
  • Matt Rekeweg, industry relations and food chain leader, Dow AgroSciences
Agricultural and food industry leaders discuss consumers’ concerns about food safety at a Dow AgroSciences media event held June 30 in Indianapolis.

Agricultural and food industry leaders discuss consumers’ concerns about food safety at a Dow AgroSciences media event held June 30 in Indianapolis.

The experts brought different perspectives, but found common ground in three key areas:

1, Sustainability must evolve at every level of food production.

“Agriculture is front and center for solutions to feed the world, and sustainability is not new for any of us,” Kelsay says. “Sustainability is the story of agriculture, year after year, generation after generation. It is the way of life we know.”

However, perspectives of sustainability differ, Kelly Johnston of Campbell’s pointed out. “It’s not just about what we think or how we define sustainability, but how our customers define it,” he says.

“Whatever business you are in, you have to remain on the cutting edge,” Rekeweg says. “The minute you say you’ve got it done and right, someone will prove you wrong. Our customers will always want to know what you’ve done to be better recently.”

Iowa grower Tim Richter agreed. “We see sustainability as a journey,” he says. “We are always evaluating our goals. The science changes, and you discover the things you thought were settled aren’t. For example, the yields we see today were unfathomable 10 years ago.”

2. The ag community should work to build bridges from farm to consumer.

“While enhanced sustainability may begin at the farm level, the voice of the grower is often absent from food industry conversations,” Kelsay says. “We need to build bridges between the different sectors of our industry.”

Rekeweg agreed. “We have to recognize that most consumers are far away from the farm, physically and in life experiences,” Rekeweg says. “We need to bridge between consumers and our grower customers.”

Johnston took that one step further, saying, “We need to explain our position. For the first time in Campbell’s years, a dialogue is happening with grower groups. We need to get out of our silos and cross-engage. I want to connect the growing community with our consumers.”

“Once person-to-person contact is made, consumers often will understand the grower’s point of view,” Richter says. “We need to be proud of how we farm and the improvements we’ve made as commodity producers.”

3. Transparency is key to achieving trust in technology.

The panelists said embracing transparency is critical to creating greater consumer trust and confidence in the products grown by farmers.

“We need to explain why new technologies are coming on board,” Rekeweg says. “There are reasons why technologies are being used, and it is our responsibility to explain why the technology is important and how it helps. We want to build trust in that process.”

Trust and communications tools are necessary for the agricultural and food industries, the panelists said.

“Even in our sector there is confusion, and we need more transparency,” Duncanson says. “As an industry, we need to make an investment in communication.”

“Consumers are interested in learning about farms and food ingredients,” Johnston says. “Ultimately, consumers still care about price and convenience, but transparency gets to the core of what consumers want from food producers.”

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Dow AgroSciences highlights farmers, legacy farms at 2016 Indiana State Fair

To honor the rich heritage of agriculture woven throughout the state of Indiana’s 200-year history, Dow AgroSciences is proudly sponsoring the Featured Farmers program at the 2016 Indiana State Fair from Aug. 5 to 21. This is the second year Dow AgroSciences has sponsored the program.

As part of this year’s State Fair theme — Celebrating Indiana’s Bicentennial — the Featured Farmers program highlights 17 farm families. Each featured farmer is also the winner of a Hoosier Homestead Award, an award given to families with farms in operation for 100 years or more.

At the heart of the Featured Farmers program is decades of experience and crop diversity. Dow AgroSciences and the Indiana State Fair, along with numerous Indiana agriculture stakeholder groups like the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, chose a wide range of farmers with differently sized operations and an eclectic mix of crops and livestock to represent many facets of agriculture. This includes cattle, corn, soybeans, Christmas trees, pumpkins and even grapes used to produce wine at French Lick Winery in West Baden Springs, Indiana.

The program celebrates the diverse history of agriculture in the Hoosier state, while educating consumers on what real agriculture looks like by showcasing families who live and breathe it every day.

Doug and Dustin Eliason

Doug and Dustin Eliason continue to farm the land in Indiana homesteaded by their family more than 200 years ago.

The Eliason family, who will be featured on opening day at the State Fair, received the Hoosier Homestead Award in 2014 after the Eliason farm reached its bicentennial milestone. The Eliason family farm is a no-till operation that grows predominantly cash crop corn, plus soybeans, wheat and oats for seed in Centerville, Indiana. What started as a small strip of land in 1814 is now an impressive operation that has withstood the tests of time and the ever-changing landscape of agriculture.

Doug Eliason, his wife, Jeanie, and their son, Dustin, now operate the farm, originally purchased by Doug Eliason’s great-great-grandfather two years before Indiana became a state. Even with this long history, Eliason family members surprisingly don’t see themselves as farmers. Rather, they see themselves as caretakers of the land, passing down their legacy from one generation to the next.

“We are just the caretakers, and when we’re gone, our children will be the caretakers,” Jeanie Eliason says.

The Eliasons are similar to the 17 families with farms that have not only survived for decades but also thrived. To read more stories of the farm families being featured at this year’s Indiana State Fair, visit IndianaStateFair.com or stop by every day at 2:30 p.m. at the Glass Barn at the Indiana Fairgrounds to meet the families in person.

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Dow AgroSciences Preparing to Feature Exciting Products at Commodity Classic

Every year, ag professionals travel to Commodity Classic anticipating the opportunity to see and learn new things. Dow AgroSciences is proud to join the procession to New Orleans, March 3 to 5, for what’s sure to be a year of exciting and interesting exhibits.

At Commodity Classic, visit us at Booth 1235 to find out how Dow AgroSciences is Driving Farm Solutions. We’ll have experts available to talk to you about the newest products so you have more tools available to help growers overcome challenges.

You can learn about products such as the Enlist weed control system, which features new herbicide-tolerant traits and Enlist Duo® herbicide. Only Enlist Duo combines the proven performance of glyphosate and new 2,4-D choline. The Enlist system provides exceptional weed control in corn, soybeans and cotton.

Dow AgroSciences also will be featuring Resicore herbicide for corn, which features the power to control tough weeds with trusted residual activity deep into the growing season. Resicore herbicide contains a novel formulation of three proven active ingredients with three modes of action to control a broad spectrum of grass and broadleaf weeds.

Visitors also can learn about Sonic® and Surveil® herbicides for soybeans, Blackhawk® insecticide and two important nitrogen stabilizer products, N-Serve® for anhydrous ammonia applications and Instinct® II for UAN, urea and manure applications.

We hope to see many of you in New Orleans to enjoy the food, the weather, the music and, of course, all the attractions at Commodity Classic.

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®™Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. Enlist Duo herbicide is not yet registered for use on Enlist cotton. Blackhawk, Enlist Duo, Instinct II, Resicore, Sonic and Surveil are not registered for sale or use in all states. Resicore is not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Do not fall-apply anhydrous ammonia south of Highway 16 in the state of Illinois. Always read and follow label directions. ©2016 Dow AgroSciences LLC