Occurrences of herbicide and pesticide drift continue to increase in Iowa and across the U.S., and many organic farmers are unsure about what to do if a field or crop has been exposed to chemical drift. Unfortunately, drift can have drastic ramifications on USDA Organic Certification, with a possible loss of a certified crop and/or acres for that operation. Currently, there is little to no recourse for organic farmers when incidents of drift result in financial or certification losses for those farms.
On Tuesday, January 31st at 12 p.m., Larry Steinbronn, an organic farmer from Waverly, Iowa, will share his personal experience of how he handled glyphosate drift claims and the successful outcomes. He will also address the role of IDALS in drift cases, lab testing options, and guidelines, methods, and new technologies for documenting damage and loss.
In 2019 and 2020 Larry experienced chemical trespass from a neighboring farm. He will share how he used his environmental testing background along with his insurance claims experience to get restitution for each of those chemical trespass events.
Larry has been organic certified since 2018 and his organic, regenerative, no-till operation includes open pollinated corn and heirloom and ancient small grains with plans to incorporate cattle into a high intensity rotational grazing system.
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This material is based upon work that is supported by the Risk Management Agency (RMA), U.S. Department of Agriculture, under the program agreement with the project number 15061 titled "Risk Management Outreach and Education for Beginning, Transitioning and Organic Producers". RMA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the RMA and U.S. Department of Agriculture.