Herbicide Linked To Damage Of More Than 150,000 Acres Of Iowa’s Soybean Crop

Austin Frerick calls on EPA to ban the use of Monsanto’s Dicamba until further testing.

WINTERSET – Today, Third Congressional District candidate Austin Frerick called on the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture to halt the use of dicamba until more testing can be completed.

Dicamba, a powerful herbicide, has seen its use grow over the last year as Monsanto introduced a new soybean seed genetically modified to resist the effect of dicamba. However, a multitude of complications including windblown dicamba destroying neighboring farmers’ fields has resulted in devastation across the United States, particularly in the Midwest.

Already this year, more than 150,000 acres of Iowa soybeans have suffered from dicamba exposure including more than 2.5 million acres nationally. “Every acre lost represents a farmer’s livelihood,” Frerick says. “This is too important to be left to chance. This is about protecting farmers from the whims of Monsanto’s lobbyists and regulators willing to look the other way.”

“The EPA must step up to protect the farmers who’ve seen catastrophic losses to their crops and the Department of Agriculture must step in to compensate farmers’ who’ve seen their economic fortunes devastated by an herbicide they never asked for.”

About Austin Frerick:

Frerick is running as the first antitrust candidate in the country. He is an Iowa native and currently lives in Winterset. He has worked as an economist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Tax Policy, and at the Congressional Research Service in the Domestic Social Policy Division. He has published research on executive compensation, pharmaceutical corporate charity abuses, and the growth of monopolies in the U.S. economy.

He was the first in his family to attend college, graduating from Grinnell College and completing his Master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin La Follette School of Public Affairs. To cover his tuition, he took out student loans and worked four jobs, including as a Special Needs Care Provider for the Arc of East Central Iowa.

About Iowa’s Third Congressional District:

The 3rd Congressional District covers Iowa’s southwestern corner, and includes Polk, Dallas, Guthrie, Warren, Madison, Adair, Cass, Pottawattamie, Mills, Fremont, Page, Montgomery, Taylor, Adams, Union and Ringgold counties.

Austin Frerick
Candidate for U.S. Congress (IA-3)
Winterset, Iowa

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