Why lawn mower companies are pushing for weed removal laws
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Mower owners are demanding weed removal bills be included in the federal government’s 2018 farm bill.
Mower companies and their members of Congress are lobbying hard to get weed removal included in a bill that will eventually include a broad swath of farm products.
The Farm Bill would include all of the items they want, including weed-killers, herbicides, weed-killer-tolerant seeds and fertilizer.
The push is being led by the American Weed Enforcement Alliance, a group of more than 30 weed-management companies.
The organization has been lobbying members of the House and Senate for years to include weed removal in the farm bill, said Steve Davis, the group’s executive director.
The association is urging the federal Government Accountability Office to conduct an investigation of how weed-removal bills have been passed in the past, he said.
The GAO has not been given permission to do that, he added.
The bill would include the following weed-killing products: herbicides (including dicamba and imidacloprid), weed-destroying seeds and fertilizers (such as weed-tolerance seeds), weed eradicators (such of herbicide-toxic seed treatments) and weed-resistant seeds.
The EPA has already approved the use of dicamidroprene for weed control.
The EPA is already approving the use on farms of some of these products.
But the weed-controlling seeds will need to be tested and certified as safe before they are allowed to be used.
Some weed-control companies and growers are concerned that the proposed weed-dispensing products are so toxic they would cause adverse health effects for the people who use them.
A new weed-suppression program in Iowa has been criticized for not using weed-repellent seed treatments or weed-busting seeds, which are more resistant to pesticides.
The weed-dusting program is supposed to be a pilot program, but it is still in development, according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture.
Davis said that while he hopes it will be approved, he doesn’t think it will.
He said that the weed control programs in Iowa and other states are working with seed companies to create weed-free, herbicide free seed.
But those seeds have to be planted in an area that will have weed-friendly plants, he noted.
“It’s a lot easier for a company to have seed that doesn’t have any weed on it,” Davis said.
The EPA recently issued a new set of weed-treatment rules, which include weed-resistance seeds that farmers can use to control weeds on their farms.
Davis called the new weed rules a “major step forward” for the industry, but he said the weed resistance programs are still in the planning stages.
Another weed-protection initiative is in the works in New York state, which is considering creating its own weed-proofing program.
The state has also been considering setting up weed-harvesting stations and planting weed-stopping seeds in agricultural zones.
Davis said he’s not surprised by the push by weed-safety companies to get a weed-pest control law included in farm bills.
He said weed-sensing companies have already been pushing for the weed removal of all farm products for years.
Diacamidrone has been approved for use in the U.S. for nearly a decade, but Davis said he doesn-t think it is safe for anyone, including farmers, to use on lawns or lawns of any kind.
When weed-smokers try to spray weed-defending seeds with it, the seeds will go into the lungs and then into the bloodstream, Davis said, but that is not a risk for the farmer.
Even if the farmer gets sick from the exposure to the seeds, Davis pointed out that he has never seen anyone get sick from dicamprazole, which has been used to control corn stalks.
Davis said the EPA is also looking at weed-replacement products.
He noted that the agency has approved the dicaproxidrone spray on some crops for use on corn.
But, he emphasized, that is for the most part for use when a farmer has already planted the seed.
Davis added that farmers are using weed removal products on their lawns because they want to get rid of weeds, not because they’re trying to keep them.
“I’ve never seen any studies that show weed-restricting products are effective for weed-fighting,” Davis concluded.
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