Workshop Proceeding

National Summit on Strategies to Manage Herbicide-Resistant Weeds: Proceedings of a Symposium (2012)

Since their introduction in the 1940s, herbicides have helped farmers control the spread of weeds in their fields, saving them the money and time it would take to remove weeds using labor-intensive manual methods. Over this time, some weeds have evolved herbicide resistance--the naturally occurring ability to survive treatment at a normal field dosage of the herbicide. But now, with tens of thousands of farmers using herbicides for weed control over millions of acres of farmland, herbicide resistant weeds are emerging at increasing rates and are becoming a significant problem that threatens farm sustainability. A recent summit convened by the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources helped bring this issue to the attention of important stakeholders, including federal and state agencies, private sector technology developers, universities, and farmer organizations. The summit provided an opportunity for experts from diverse disciplines to explore the options now that herbicide resistant weeds have emerged?as well as what to do in parts of the country where the problem is not yet full blown.

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