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Month: April 2019

Tick Encounter Research Center Launches Funding Campaign

Yesterday, the Tick Encounter Research Center launched their Experiment campaign. They are raising $8000 to help fund a more efficient TickSpotters platform that will give them the ability to collect more data and respond faster to tick photo submissions. This new-and-improved platform will help us answer the question: Does personalized tick prevention education work to… Read more »


US Court Orders Trump EPA To Justify Use of Chlorpyrifos Within 90 Days

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today gave Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler three months to justify why chlorpyrifos should stay on the market. In 2017, Scott Pruitt, the EPA administrator at the time, declined to ban chlorpyrifos from use on food crops. Last August, the 9th District Court of Appeals ruled that… Read more »


Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative Releases New Handouts

The Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative has published two new educational handouts, one on 12 different plant species that can support Monarch butterflies, and one on milkweed specifically. Follow these links to learn about how to turn your yard into a supportive habitat for this threatened species.


Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Identifies Glyphosate Cancer Risk

Last week, a sub-agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), published the long-anticipated Toxicological Profile for Glyphosate. This report backs up the 2015 cancer assessment of Glyphosate (sold as Roundup) released by another health agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer… Read more »


Maryland Senate Weighs Chlorpyrifos Ban

The Maryland state Senate will consider a bill to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos more than two weeks after a majority in the House of Delegates approved a statewide prohibition on its use. Chlorpyrifos has been linked to developmental harm in children, although the Trump administration’s EPA has refused to uphold a federal ban. Read more… Read more »


Read Western IPM Center’s April Newsletter Here

The Western IPM Center’s April edition of its monthly newsletter is now online. This issue contains: Their draft list of newly updated IPM and pest management priorities in the region. A introduction to the Western IPM Center’s just-published 2018 annual report. A look at legislators bypassing regulators with proposed pesticide bans. Meetings, trainings, grants and… Read more »


April Declared “Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month” by U.S Secretary of Agriculture

Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue signed a national proclamation to declare April “Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month.” April is a time when many invasive pests emerge and can be easily spread in the things people pack and move, such as outdoor items like grills, gardening equipment, wading pools and bicycles or patio furniture…. Read more »