EPA Considering Dicamba Limits


The Environmental protection Agency is considering establishing limits to dicamba-based herbicides next year. Agriculture officials from several states that are advising the EPA on dicamba tell Reuters that the EPA is considering banning the use of dicamba after a cutoff date, likely in early 2018. The initiative is similar to rules being considered in Arkansas, which would ban the use of dicamba after April 15th. The cutoff date would aim to protect plants vulnerable to dicamba, after thousands of complaints were filed this year with states over spray drift of dicamba herbicides.

NAFTA Round Two Concludes in Mexico City

Round two of the renegotiation talks regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement were largely uneventful, according to those included in the talks. While the U.S. is suggesting a deal can be completed by the end of this year, many see the slow progress as an indication of a much longer negotiation process. Mexico’s top agriculture official told Bloomberg, however, “there is a will of the three countries” to get a deal finished. While negotiators have made some progress, they have yet to agree on any major contentious issue and are far from a deal on individual NAFTA chapters. Round three of negotiations is scheduled later this month in Canada.

Killer Hurricanes on the Rise

NOT a run of terrible meteorological luck but a matter of science: killer hurricanes like Harvey and Irma ARE on the rise. Here’s Dr James Baldini of Durham University’s Hurricane Project, in England:

Study Has Potential to Turn Dietary Recommendations Upside Down

An extensive, international nutrition study by The Lancet found that lives could be extended by reducing carbohydrate intake and increasing consumption of saturated fats, setting off a wave of media coverage and opinion pieces, both pro and con.

The study was published in the widely respected British medical journal. The article also was the subject of a recent presentation at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona.

“Higher carbohydrate intake was associated with an increased risk of total mortality but not with the risk of cardiovascular disease or cardiovascular disease mortality. Intake of total fat and each type of fat was associated with lower risk of total mortality. Higher saturated fat intake was associated with lower risk of stroke.

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.