EPA Outmaneuvers the Federal Court System, Putting Off Until At Least 2026 What Could Likely Be Unreasonable Glyphosate Restrictions for No-Till Growers

In a recent legal skirmish with a federal appeals court, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) back-pedaled on its interim decision regarding the use of glyphosate. As a result, no-tillers can continue to use glyphosate without any added restrictions at least through 2026

The use of glyphosate for weed control is a big deal for no-tillers, according to data from our 14th annual No-Till Operational Farmer Benchmark study. It shows 83% of No-Till Farmer readers use glyphosate on no-till soybeans and 65% on no-till corn.

The EPA’s unusual legal maneuver means the agency will now only undertake a final review of glyphosate, which had already been scheduled for 2026. Based on a review of more than 800 glyphosate studies conducted worldwide, the EPA insists the herbicide is safe to use and does not cause human health concerns. Current glyphosate label uses remain unaffected by this EPA action.

This one-upmanship legal move took place after the EPA argued it could not complete an ecological review of the compound by the Oct. 1 deadline set by the Ninth Court of Appeals in June…

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Frank Lessiter

Frank Lessiter has served as editor of No-Till Farmer since the publication was launched in November of 1972. Raised on a six-generation Michigan Centennial Farm, he has spent his entire career in agricultural journalism. Lessiter is a dairy science graduate from Michigan State University.

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