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060920Swanson Dicamba

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State Representative Dan Swanson is among a group of lawmakers who would like to see the deadline for the use of Dicamba Herbicide extended further into the summer. These lawmakers sent a letter to Governor J.B Pritzker on behalf of Soybean farmers who may not be able to plant nearly as much soybeans without the use of Dicamba. Dicamba was ruled out by a court ruling in California court regarding the environmental impact of the use of Dicamba which many argue has the ability to drift from one farm to another or to local waterways. The EPA indicated that farmers across the country can use what remains of their stock of Dicamba before restrictions on the use of the product go into effect. The goal of Rep Swanson and his fellow lawmakers is to convince Governor Pritzker to allow for the use of Dicamba past June 20th. That's typically the time of the year when Dicamba use ends for reasons set forth by the Illinois EPA.