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Electric tractors, agribots and regenerative agriculture

Electric tractors and autonomous field robots are not a thing of the future anymore: they are here and are proving to be useful for reducing the carbon footprint of agriculture around the world. To read more about this technology and the role it could play in the growing practice of regenerative farming, click here.


Tick IPM Special Session

Please join us Thursday, December 10th from 1:00-2:30pm CDT for the Tick Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Special Session hosted by the Public Tick IPM Working Group in ­­collaboration with the TickEncounter Resource Center and One Health Lessons! Tick species and tickborne diseases of medical importance are increasing in number and geographic distribution and generating enormous… Read more »


Texas 2020 Rodent Academy

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is holding a two-day online course for pest management professionals, municipalities, universities, public schools and food safety personnel involved in rodent control. The event will be held on the Zoom meeting platform from 8AM-4PM Dec 1st-2nd. “As the Year of the Rat wraps up, there is no better time to dive… Read more »


Two pesticides approved for use in US harmful to bees

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin reviewed nineteen studies from the last five years on sulfoxaflor (Transform WG) and flupyradifurone (Sivanto). They found that the insecticides have harmful effects on pollinators including impaired health and increased mortality. While flupyradifurone has no pollinator related restrictions, sulfoxaflor was banned on crops that attract bees in… Read more »


California Funds Research on Chlorpyrifos Alternatives

California will spend $2.1 million in funding to research safer alternatives to the insecticide chlorpyrifos, the Department of Pesticide Regulation announced Monday. Chlorpyrifos is a controversial pesticide linked to developmental neurotoxicity in children, among other effects. The sale of chlorpyrifos is currently banned in California. Read more on Bloomberg Law


Democrats Introduce Bill to Strengthen Pesticide Protections

House and Senate Democrats will unveil legislation today that would allow the public to petition the EPA to immediately declare a pesticide “dangerous”, which would require expedited review by the EPA. The bill will be introduced in the Senate by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and in the House by Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) Read more on… Read more »