USDA Announces Long-Awaited Public Comment Period Regarding the Enlist Weed Control System

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued a long-awaited Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) regarding a key part of the Enlist Weed Control System when it advanced the Enlist corn and soybean traits to the next step in the regulatory process.

Over the past few years, USDA has prepared an extensive environmental evaluation of the Enlist crops and considered a wide range of alternatives.  The public comment period regarding the Enlist DEIS was announced January 10, 2014 and is 45-days in duration.  Following the comment period, APHIS will make a final decision regarding the regulatory status of the technology.

“Comment periods are a key way for farmers to make their voices heard in the regulatory process,” says Bart Schott, former president, National Corn Growers Association. “I would absolutely encourage growers to tell the USDA farmers need access to new technology like Enlist. Technology enables us to compete in the global economy.”

Pending regulatory approvals, Dow AgroSciences expects to launch Enlist corn and soybeans in 2015, with cotton to follow.

Public comments can be submitted by visiting:!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0042 and the docket number is APHIS-2013-0042.

To sign a petition of support for this issue, visit


One thought on “USDA Announces Long-Awaited Public Comment Period Regarding the Enlist Weed Control System

  1. Hi, This is Kevin Schmitt from southern Indiana. I think it is very crucial that we get Enlist Duo approved. As a Farmer I think we need this added chemistry in our toolbox to help fight some of the weed resistance that is happening. I think it will be a great chemistry option for some of the glyphosate tolerant weeds that are becoming more and more prevalent. Thank You in this consideration to add Enlist Duo to Our list of weed controlling aids.
    Thanks again, Kevin Schmitt from Haubstadt, IN


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