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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 »


Major Canadian Grain Processor Will No Longer Accept Pre-Harvest Glyphosate-Desiccated Oats

Richardson International, a major Canadian grain processor will no longer accept glyphosate-treated oat crops starting next year. Another Canadian processor, Grain Millers, stopped accepting glyphosate treated crops in 2015. Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s controversial Roundup herbicide. Bayer, which now owns Monsanto, recently set aside $10 billion dollars to resolve the many lawsuits… Read more »


United States and Brazil Lodge Protests with Thailand Over Insecticide Bans

Early this month, Thailand passed a ban on two pesticides, paraquat and chlorpyrifos. This triggered another regulation banning foodstuffs with trace amounts of either chemical. The United States and Brazil have now lodged separate protests with Thailand over this ban, describing the move as “restrictive” and “serious”, with the potential to damage key agricultural exports…. Read more »


AppleTalk 2020 Registration

Registration for the 2020 AppleTalk season is now open!  AppleTalk is a weekly conference call for sustainable and organic apple growers that discusses current challenges in insect, disease, weed, and nutrient management from green tip to harvest.  Calls take place on Tuesday’s from 8:00-9:00am CDT.  Our first call of the season will be on Tuesday,… Read more »


Maryland to Phase Out Chlorpyrifos by End of 2021

On March 20th, the Maryland General Assembly decided on a partial ban on chlorpyrifos, mostly phasing it out in the state by the end of 2020, and entirely ending its use by 2021. Chlorpyrifos is a controversial, neurotoxic pesticide that has become the frequent target of legislation meant to protect children, consumers and farm workers…. Read more »


Lack of Data on Seed Treatment Usage Limits Ability to Understand Economic and Environmental Impacts

Seed treatments are widely used in corn, soybean and cotton, and to a lesser extent in wheat. However, there are a lack of accurate, publically available data on seed treatment usage, which makes it difficult for researchers, farmers and regulators to understand the usage, balance costs and benefits, and assess environmental impacts including adverse effects… Read more »


Cactus Moth Threatening Prickly Pear Cactus in Texas

The invasive Cactus moth, previously limited to Cuba, Florida and Louisiana has now become established and is spreading in Texas. The moth appears to have jumped over the Houston area into Brazoria County and is now established deep into the south of the state. The moth is feeding on prickly pear, a wild cactus consumed… Read more »