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It is with great sadness that the family of Jim Gray announces that he passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. Jim had a decades-long career advocating for the agricultural industry, and was a tremendously well-respected member of the agribusiness community in Kansas City, Missouri and across the United States and Canada. A Celebration of Life service is being planned, and details about that event will be shared at the appropriate time. Agri Marketing published the following article on Jim’s passing

2,4-D Research Task Force commences comprehensive study on uses and benefits of 2,4-D

The 2,4-D Research Task Force has released the first chapters in a series of reports on the agricultural and economic benefits of 2,4-D. These reports will collectively serve as an update to the 1996 study "Biologic and Economic Assessment of Benefits from Use of Phenoxy Herbicides in the United States". “2,4-D has an unprecedented amount of technical data supporting its continued registration; in excess of 300 regulatory studies have been conducted on the compound," stated author of the first report, Larry Hammond.

The Regulatory History of 2,4-D

Economic Benefits Resulting from the Use of 2,4-D

Pastureland, Rangeland, Alfalfa Forage, and Invasive Weeds

Field Corn, Soybean, Sorghum, and Peanut Production in the United States

Weed Control and the Protection of Turfgrass

Small Grains

Flax, Millet, Rice, Wildrice, Seed Crops, Sugarcane, Pea, and Fallow in the United States

2,4-D and other Phenoxy Herbicides in Orchard, Vineyard, Hops, and Soft Fruit Production

2,4-D and Rights of Way

Aquatic Uses of 2,4-D and Other Phenoxy Herbicides in the United States

Use of 2,4-D and Other Phenoxy Herbicides in Vegetable Crops in the United States

An Analysis of the Benefits and Risks of 2,4‐D Use in Cotton in the United States

Importance of Phenoxy Herbicides in Resistance Management

Properties and Characteristics of Amine and Ester Formulations of 2,4-D

Canada’s PMRA continues to conclude 2,4-D is acceptable for continued registration. The PMRA has concluded that 2,4-D does not pose a health risk under the current conditions of use in Canada. This decision comes after a review of extensive scientific data, including the latest assessments of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). The PMRA has also concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that 2,4‑D may cause an unacceptable environmental risk and value continues to be realized by Canadian farmers, ranchers, rights-of-way managers and homeowners.

2,4-D Research Task Force has prepared and submitted comments in response to the EPA’s Registration Review Draft Risk Assessments. The Task Force notes the EPA’s overall finding of no human health concerns and supports continued product stewardship to reduce any calculated levels of concern for non-target organisms, in order to preserve 2,4-D’s many beneficial uses. The EPA’s draft human health risk assessments states that the following risks are not of concern: dietary, residential, non-occupational, volatilization/residential bystander and aggregate risk estimates. Recent EPA review documents have noted that; “2,4-D is not likely to carcinogenic in humans.”

Review of EPA’s Draft Human Health Risk Assessment for 2,4-D align with previous findings. This review reinforces previous assessments by the EPA: 2,4‑D can continue to be used according to label instructions to protect food production and the environment. Ready to have your voice heard? Comment now on the re-assessment of 2,4-D by clicking here.

The 2,4-D Task Force is pleased to partner with the American Soybean Association and the Arkansas State Plant Board in the production of a new video to encourage producers to have on target applications.
Good neighbor relationships are vital to farmers, ranchers, and producers. To continue our strong heritage of stewardship, the 2,4-D Task Force encourages farmers to communicate with their neighbors, read and follow all label instructions and follow any additional state restrictions to avoid pesticide misuse.

New Study Supports EPA Conclusions on 2,4-D and Potential Endocrine Interactions

Updated farm worker study supports regulators’ findings on 2,4-D

2,4-D Research Task Force Website Wins Prestigious “Best of Show” at NAMA

Health Canada concludes Special Review and determines 2,4-D is acceptable for continued use

Forbes: A UN Agency That Should Be Headed For Its Own Last 'Roundup'

June 2015 IARC Review of 2,4-D

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EPA Response to Concern for Schools Near Areas of Pesticide Use

USDA Issues Final Environmental Impact Statement on Enlist™ Corn and Soybeans

2,4-D Task Force II Response to NRDC Law Suit Filed on February 23, 2012

State Agriculture and Rural Leaders (SARL) Resolution on Invasive Species - January 8, 2012

Governments of Canada and Quebec reach NAFTA settlement regarding 2,4-D

Updated Task Force Response to NRDC Petition - August 4, 2010

Task Force Responds to NRDC Petition – February 23, 2009

Expert Survey Results: Media Coverage of Common Chemicals

Industry Task Force II on 2,4-D Research Data Comments on a Petition Seeking to Cancel 2,4-D and Revoke Tolerances

Health Canada Finds 2,4-D Can Be Used Safely

EPA Says No Special Review of 2,4-D Needed after Years of Research Data Prove it's Not a Human Carcinogen

Reviews by European Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and World Health Organization confirm 2,4-D Not a Health Risk

2,4-D Completes EPA Review Process: Occupational and Residential Risks "Not of Concern"

Health Canada's PMRA issues re-evaluation on lawn and turf uses of 2,4-D