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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 »


Oregon Bills Call for Restrictions on Neonicotinoids, and Ban on Chlorpyrifos-Based Pesticides

Four Oregon bills that would regulate pesticide use and reporting went through public hearings this Tuesday. Senate Bill 853 and House Bill 3058 both would restrict sales of neonicotinoid pesticides to licensed applicators, and would completely ban chlorpyrifos, a widely used organochloride pesticide linked to neurological damage in children and adults. Read more on The… Read more »


Dr. Juliet Carroll, Cornell Fruit IPM Coordinator Wins Excellence in IPM Award

Dr. Juliet Carroll, Fruit IPM Coordinator, received an Excellence in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Award from the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYSIPM) at the Viticulture day of the B.E.V. (Business, Enology, Viticulture) conference in Rochester. NYSIPM develops sustainable ways to manage pests and helps people to use methods that minimize environmental, health… Read more »


California Bill Introduced to Ban Chlorpyrifos Pesticides

A bill was recently introduced in California to safeguard children from exposure to the highly toxic pesticide, chlorpyrifos. California State Senator, Maria Elena Durazo, introduced “Protect Children from Brain-Damaging Chlorpyrifos Act of 2019” in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to delay action on this toxic pesticide until 2022. Senator Durazo’s bill bans all… Read more »


Biobed Technology Debuts in Canada

Canadian farm managers and agricultural researchers are interested in finding new ways to prevent residual pesticides from entering the environment and contaminating water, and biobeds are showing promise as they make their debut in Canada. Already popular in Europe, where there are more than 3,000 biobeds in use on farms, biobed systems have now been… Read more »