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Pesticide Approval System to be Revamped, According to EPA

On Tuesday, April 11, EPA released its first-ever workplan to protect endangered species from pesticides.  This comprehensive plan, EPA says, meets at the intersection of opportunity and obligation in the Endangered Species Act (ESA), while maintaining pesticide access to farmers and other users. EPA believes the current pesticide approval system has major setbacks that make the process… Read more »

How Illinois’ ‘Fragmented System’ of Monitoring Pesticide Exposure ‘Allows Individuals to get Poisoned Over and Over Without Any Brakes’

The farmworkers flocked to the two emergency rooms in Urbana, Illinois, the night of Aug. 5, 2019, their kids in tow. Numbering about 20, their skin had rashes, their eyes were red and they were vomiting. Though at two different hospitals, doctors arrived at the same conclusion: “chemical exposure.” The doctors had a litany of… Read more »

Learn about IPM from the Entomological Society of America and Green Shield Certified!

Hear how training your staff in integrated pest management can improve the effectiveness of your sustainable pest control programs on April 27th from 10 – 11 AM CST. Green Shield Certified (GSC) and the Entomological Society of America (ESA) cover the IPM training programs available including ESA’s new Certified IPM Technician Program. Register at https://bit.ly/GSCapr27.

Interview with Dr. Bobby Corrigan

Dr. Claudia Riegel will interview Dr. Bobby Corrigan about his career in pest management and urban rodentology. This will be a personal look at his life and his career. The webinar will be held on April 18th from 2-3:30 pm CST. Please register at https://tinyurl.com/NOLACorrigan.

Registration now open for AppleTalk!

Are you an apple grower in the upper Midwest? Consider registering for AppleTalk! AppleTalk supports sustainable and organic apple producers with information needed to tackle tough pest management and production issues from green tip to harvest. Each subscription includes the weekly call, emails and access to the blog and call recording. Visit https://bit.ly/AppleTalk2022 to register.

Climate Action Must Include Nature. Act Now!

The Nature Conservancy is putting everything they have into getting our planet on the right path. And they need you standing with them to urge the world to act. We need a climate action plan that can stop catastrophic climate change by: Investing in nature’s solutions. Restoring forests and other ecosystems could contribute more than… Read more »

Cities are Switching to “Smart” Rat Control

Forget toxic pesticides: The next generation of urban rodent control relies on internet-connected traps that shock or impale a rat or mouse before isolating it in a chamber for disposal. Why it matters: Rat complaints have surged in the aftermath of pandemic lockdowns, and cities are cracking down with renewed vociferousness, appointing “rat czars” and prioritizing citizen complaints about… Read more »

Sustainable Missoula: A Guide to Organic Lawn Care

Turf is the single largest irrigated “crop” in our country, with as many as 10 times more pesticides per acre used on urban lawns than are used in agriculture. However, a change is underway in Missoula.  The City of Missoula and its residents are increasingly embracing non-toxic land care by eliminating the use of synthetic pesticides and… Read more »

Killing Cockroaches with Pesticides is Only Making the Species Stronger

Tens of thousands of people in the U.S. understand the frustration of bad roach infestations. And there may be a good reason why these bugs can be so hard to control. A burgeoning body of data suggests some German roach populations in the country have evolved resistance to pesticides, essentially rendering the chemicals useless. A… Read more »