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BASF Statement on EPA Action after Ninth Circuit Order


While BASF supports the U.S. EPA’s action to allow the use of existing stocks of Engenia¬® herbicide by growers and commercial applicators, we believe that additional clarity and flexibility is required to address the complexities of the supply chain so that farmers have the opportunity to use Engenia this season in accordance with the EPA order. Therefore, we will be working with the EPA to address this issue.

Following the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ June 3, 2020, order, BASF suspended selling and shipping Engenia herbicide while awaiting further direction from the U.S. EPA. Based on EPA’s current guidance, BASF will continue to not sell or distribute Engenia herbicide in the United States. Farmers continue to need access to over-the-top (OTT) applications of dicamba-based products to control resistant weeds across tens of millions of dicamba-tolerant soybean and cotton acres at their most critical time of the year.

We remain committed to serving our customers with safe and effective crop protection solutions, including Engenia herbicide, and we continue to work on new dicamba-based innovations to assist farmers with weed control. In addition, BASF will continue to pursue re-registration of Engenia with the U.S. EPA.

BASF continues to assess its options to pursue all legal remedies available to challenge the Order.