On Feb. 6, Corteva announced they will phase out production of chlorpyrifos by the end of 2020. Corteva says this was a business decision based on reduced demand. Corteva is planning for its customers to have access to enough chlorpyrifos supply to cover current demand through the end of the year, while they transition to other products or other providers of chlorpyrifos.
Multiple other companies are currently registered to sell chlorpyrifos. At this time, it is too soon to know what effect this decision may have on availability for specific uses through those companies
The EPA is expected to complete registration review of chlorpyrifos soon. That may result in label changes that also change allowed uses.
Corteva stands by the safety of the product and issued a statement stating:
- They are committed to continuing to support farmers and invest in products they need. Customers will have access to enough chlorpyrifos supply to cover current demand through the end of the year, while they transition to other products or other providers of chlorpyrifos.
- Corteva will continue working on the ongoing registration process with the EPA and support the EPA’s defense of chlorpyrifos in the 9th Circuit through filing of an amicus brief. They will continue to defend registrations of the product to allow existing product to be used by growers where registered. Chlorpyrifos is safe for all approved uses, as demonstrated by the more than 4,000 studies and reports examining the product in terms of health, safety and the environment. No pest control product has been more thoroughly tested. The company continuously invests in research and development to effectively help growers protect their crops, and will work with EPA, USDA, states and ag stakeholders to ensure continued availability of important crop protection technologies.
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