H-2C Program Clears Judiciary; Off-label Dicamba in Arkansas
**The House Judiciary Committee narrowly approved a proposed new Ag guestworker program after two days of heated debate.
According to Agri-Pulse, the Agricultural Guestworker Act proposed by Chairman Bob Goodlatte, of Virginia, would replace the existing H-2A program with an H-2C system that allow imported workers to work year-round, a priority for dairy producers, at potentially lower wage rates than now required.
Goodlatte says the bill, approved 17-16, will assure a reliable workforce by creating a program that’s market-driven and adaptable.
**New data from BASF suggests the use of generic or off-label dicamba products may have been widespread in Arkansas this year.
According to Brownfield, BASF claims sales in Arkansas of its Engenia dicamba herbicide was only enough to cover about half, 52%, of dicamba-tolerant acres in Arkansas.
A Bloomberg analyst says those numbers indicate a large quantity of generic or off-label dicamba could have been used illegally to fill the gap.
**Nominees for four critical positions at the Environmental Protection Agency have taken a big step toward assuming their posts at the agency.
The Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee voted last week to send to the full Senate the nominations of Michael Dourson to be assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention; William Wehrum to be AA for air and radiation; David Ross to be AA for water; and Matthew Leopold to be general counsel.