NCGA: No Duties on Key Herbicide Imports

Growers need reliable access to essential farming tools. National Corn Growers Association President Harold Wolle warned the U.S. International Trade Commission of the consequences for America’s farmers if the agency grants a petition for levying tariffs on imported 2,4-D, an herbicide that’s been on the market for decades.

“This scenario under consideration has the potential to limit imports of an important product, raise its price, and create a supply shortage, all while raising the cost of production in an already tight market,” Wolle says. “Farmers are price takers, not makers in selling commodities, and closely managing production costs is crucial to success. Thus, tariffs on these products would create an even more difficult economic scenario for me, my family, and the farmers I represent.”

Wolle’s testimony comes after Corteva, Inc., filed antidumping and countervailing duty petitions with the ITC on March 14 over India and China’s trade practices involving the herbicide.