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As a longtime soybean farmer and former leader of both the American and Iowa Soybean Associations, I have long had an inside look at the incredible dedication and hard work of our state’s farmers. Our agricultural success is buoyed by the advancement and application of agricultural technology and science, particularly in crop protection and management. Among these innovations, glyphosate stands out as a cornerstone for efficient and sustainable farming practices.

Glyphosate has been a game-changer in agricultural production. It allows farmers to control a wide variety of weeds effectively, ensuring that staple crops such as soybeans, corn, and cotton can grow with minimal competition for nutrients, water, and sunlight. In turn, this helps sustain and maintain significant yields while also securing the livelihood of the farmers and the food supply chain that feeds our nation.

Critics often overlook the extensive scientific research and regulatory reviews that glyphosate has undergone. It is one of the most studied herbicides, with regulatory bodies across the globe, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), affirming its safety when used as directed.

I hope that our leaders will consider supporting legislation that protects our nation’s agriculture industry.

Ray Gaesser


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