Indiana is the latest state taking steps to restrict the use of dicamba next year.
The Indiana Pesticide Review Board will be voting on a rule that would allow only certified applicators to purchase dicamba products. If this is passed, dicamba will be labeled as a restricted use pesticide.
Todd Janzen, president of Janzen Agricultural Law believes the restricted product use will be more common during 2018 based on problems dicamba has had in the past.
“There’s talk in various states and at the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] about restricting usage,” he said. “I can’t imagine it’ll be pulled off the market completely since it’s been on the market so long, but I can definitely see additional use restrictions placed on it this year.”
There are four dicamba lawsuits suing Monsanto and BASF that manufacture the herbicide.
The negligence lawsuits point the finger at major companies, and Janzen believes this could be a challenge for the plaintiffs to win.