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WSSA Issues Strong Appeal to USDA for Restoration of Funding for Weed Science
Date:5/13/2010

Virtually all weed-related programs have been cut from the USDA-NIFA budget, causing a concern among scientists about how urgent, near-term challenges will be addressed.

(PRWEB) -- Today the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) announced it has issued a strong appeal to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to protest the elimination of virtually all funding for weed science in the federal budget.

“If the budget moves forward as proposed, critical work that impacts our food and water supplies and our natural ecosystems will remain unfunded,” says WSSA President Dr. John Jachetta.

Joining WSSA in an appeal to USDA to restore the funding were the Aquatic Plant Management Society, North Central Weed Science Society, Northeastern Weed Science Society, Southern Weed Science Society and Western Society of Weed Science.

In a letter to Dr. Roger Beachy, Director, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the organizations point to some of the most urgent, near-term challenges weed science needs to address:

 
  • Herbicide resistance. Resistant weeds continue to evolve and will overrun long-established cropping systems unless new integrated weed management programs are developed and adopted. Integrated weed management considers all available practices – cultural, chemical, mechanical, genetic and biological – and uses the best combination for the specific problem.
  • Organic weed control. Weed control is the organic grower’s number one production cost. To meet the demand for
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