The U and U.K. will be able to grow two million pounds of cotton in the U. S. within a decade, a key milestone for the agricultural industry, which depends on it for much of its annual profits.
The announcement Wednesday by the Food and Drugs Administration comes after years of delays in the approval process.
The agency had been considering a rule change that would require U.s. growers to use a “titanium dioxide” fertilizer to produce the crop.
But the change has been delayed due to concerns over health effects from the chemical.
A regulatory agency official said in a statement that the agency “is working closely with the industry and others to address the regulatory uncertainties in the regulatory process.”
The FDA approved the change on Wednesday after the Department of Agriculture, the agency that oversees cotton, urged the agency to do so.
The FDA said in its statement that “the FDA is committed to supporting U. s cotton industry, while providing certainty for growers.”
The agency is expected to finalize its rule change next week.FDA spokesman Matt Kuehn said the agency is confident the rule change will “reduce pesticide use, improve cotton yields, and reduce nitrogen and phosphorus loads, and to support the ability of farmers to safely grow and harvest cotton.”
Fertilizer is essential to the production of cotton because it’s used to make fertilizer, binders, seed, and other materials.
It is also a key ingredient for growing food crops, which can be grown on land that is unsuitable for farming.
The U, U.A.E. and other nations have used a nitrogen-fixing fertilizer to increase yields, but the U and other countries are concerned that this type of fertilizer could contaminate nearby waterways.
Families and farmers have long been concerned about pesticide residues in their cotton.
A 2015 study found that up to 50 percent of cotton grown in the United States has residues of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.
The study, which was funded by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, found that farmers in areas with high levels of glyphosate contamination reported higher pesticide residues than farmers in more environmentally friendly areas.
But the EPA is considering a policy change that could address concerns about pesticides in cotton.
The change, which is scheduled to be approved next year, would allow growers to add more potassium chloride and more sodium borate, two elements commonly used in fertilizer to promote more effective fertilizer use.
The EPA also is considering the addition of a nutrient, magnesium oxide, to improve soil fertility and increase yields.
“The potential benefits are enormous and it’s not just for farmers.
It’s going to help the environment as well,” said Karen Baughman, a professor of agricultural economics at the University of Michigan and the author of “Fertile Farming: How to Grow High Quality Cotton for Sustainable Agriculture.”
“There are going to be a lot of benefits for the environment.”FDA officials said the change would allow the U to produce up to 10 million pounds per year of cotton, the equivalent of about 300 million bushels.
The average U. states cotton yields are around 6 to 7 bushel per acre.