The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture has proposed the elimination of most funding for weed science research in the federal budget.
And the move doesn't sit too well with the Lawrence, Kan.-based Weed Science Society of America.
“If the budget moves forward as proposed, critical work that impacts our food and water supplies and our natural ecosystems will remain unfunded,” society President John Jachetta said in a news release.
Among the challenges the society says need to be addressed are:
• Herbicide resistance,
• Organic weed control,
• Climate change and
• Protecting water supplies from invasive weeds.
“If officials consider weed management a solved problem, nothing could be further from the truth," Jachetta says. "Today, well over half of all pest-related crop losses can be attributed to weeds. Abandoning our commitment to weed science at a time when our weed management challenges are growing is a potent recipe for a crisis of national proportions.”