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Month: January 2019

Agpro Reports on the Potential of Electrical Weed-Killers

As herbicide resistance and pesticide litigation issues in agribusiness intensify, electricity as a method of weed control is getting closer to becoming a widely available option for farmers. Grower Kevin Olson says, “Herbicide issues are unrecognizable from what we dealt with as farmers 40 years ago. There are no two ways about it—the Lasco kills… Read more »


Entomology Today Details New Findings in Stinkbug Monitoring Methodology

The brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys, is an invasive pest introduced to North America in 1988 that damages fruit, vegetable, and nut crops. A January 10 article in Entomology Today discusses the work of researchers at Virginia Tech, the University of Georgia, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the USDA Agricultural Research… Read more »


Environmental Defense Fund Reports on How The Farm Bill Changes the Future of Climate and Water Conservation

A 12/12/18 post on the Environmental Defense Fund’s blog analyzes the smaller provisions within the 2018 Farm Bill that have the potential to open up new approaches to climate and water conservation. These include incentives for growers to protect water quality, a directive for the federal government to “recognize and encourage partnerships at the watershed… Read more »


Center for Biological Diversity Reports on Trump Approval of Antibiotics as Citrus Pesticide in Florida and California

On December 27, the Center for Biological Diversity issued a press release addressing the Trump administration’s decision to permit the expansion of streptomycin (an antibiotic regularly used on humans) spraying on all US citrus crops. The largest amounts of streptomycin will be deployed in Florida and California. “Trump’s EPA is taking us in a dangerous new… Read more »