Tag Archives: pesticides

Federal judges rehear case for banning chlorpyrifos

From the Capital Press The Environmental Protection Agency defended the pesticide chlorpyrifos on Tuesday, telling a three-judge panel in San Francisco that the agency has never found that exposure limits set in 2006 were unsafe. EPA’s attorney, Mark Walters, disputed claims that the agency’s studies support a ban. “It is inaccurate to say that the EPA has made a series ... Read More »

WSDA proposes improved pesticide applicator license testing; fees to increase

From Washington Friends of Farms & Forests The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is proposing to transition to a modern testing platform that will benefit pesticide license applicants and their employers. To create a new and improved testing system, they plan to increase testing fees and change how exams administered. To accomplish this, WSDA must revise state rules that ... Read More »

Judge rules in favor of U.S. farmer in glyphosate labeling ruling

From the National Association of Wheat Growers The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), lead plaintiff of the national agriculture coalition fighting California’s false and misleading Prop 65 labeling requirement for glyphosate, welcomes yesterday’s ruling by U.S. District Court Judge William Shubb for the Eastern District of California. Judge Shubb decided in favor of the Coalition by granting summary judgment ... Read More »

Grower coalition files amicus brief to defend continued use of existing dicamba stocks

A coalition of national grower trade associations that represents farmers, ranchers and their families nationwide is urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to reject an NGO call to invalidate EPA’s dicamba existing stocks order for three dicamba products whose registrations were immediately vacated by the court earlier this month. The American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean ... Read More »

Researchers, growers have ‘superweeds’ in their sight

From the Capital Press Besieged by lawsuits and a rising tide of weeds resistant to its popular Roundup herbicide, German chemical giant Bayer is touting a landmark discovery — a new molecule that will kill resistant weeds using a different mode of action. Read More »

BMPs for managing herbicide-resistant weeds in the PNW

In February’s Wheat Life, in the Washington Grain Commission section, Washington State University Extension published a best management practices (BMPs) insert to help farmers manage herbicide-resistant weeds. According to the insert, BMPs are critical to the long-term sustainability of wheat production in the Pacific Northwest. Using BMPs is the most effective way to address herbicide-resistant weeds, especially when incorporated into a long-term weed ... Read More »

NAWG submits comments to EPA’s interim registration of glyphosate

From NAWG Today, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) interim registration decision for glyphosate. NAWG president and Lavon, Texas, farmer, Ben Scholz, made the following statement: “Glyphosate has been on the market for more than 40 years (1974 initial registration) and has passed multiple scientific reviews in each of its over 100 ... Read More »

Washington legislature OKs pesticide safety panel

From the Capital Press Washington lawmakers have approved a new committee with a wide-ranging mandate to review how farms spray pesticides and to investigate cases of pesticide exposure. Made up of legislators, department directors and university experts, the committee’s first job will be to reconcile various ways state agencies track pesticide exposure to calculate how often it actually happens. Different ... Read More »

Commentary: Farmers speak out on the facts about glyphosate

From the Capital Press Too often, science and facts fall victim to fear mongering and emotion. Recently, we have seen an uptick in false narratives around wheat growers’ use of the herbicide glyphosate. The reality is that glyphosate, the active ingredient in many herbicide brands, including Roundup herbicide, is one of the most effective tools to combat weeds prior to ... Read More »

WSDA updates use-restricted herbicides in certain counties

The Washington Department of Agriculture recently updated its rules relating to use-restricted herbicides in certain counties.  The purpose of this change was to update references and make the rule easier to understand. Complete information is available on the agency web site at: https://agr.wa.gov/LawsRules/Rulemaking/PM/UseRestrictedHerbicides.aspx Read More »