Farmers and ranchers are being advised to spray their crops with herbicides to reduce the spread of pests and help keep soil organic.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that farmers and rancher use chemicals to reduce soil erosion and soil-borne disease that cause erosion, erosion and weed problems.
It says herbicides can also help reduce weed damage.
Agriculture Commissioner Mike Ruggiero said farmers and growers should be able to choose from herbicides based on their soil characteristics.
Ruggieros office said farmers will also be able spray on organic materials in a controlled manner that allows the soil to retain water and nutrients.
“These options are available to growers and producers, including organic farmers and organic producers, as well as those who have established crops,” the letter says.
To reduce soil-transmitted disease, farmers and producers are encouraged to apply insecticides, herbicides, or both to their fields as needed.
Some areas of the country are experiencing severe erosion problems.
Ruggiers office says farmers should be aware of the risks of pesticide use and how they can prevent erosion and improve their soil health.