Tag Archives: pesticides

Ag groups call on Congress to reaffirm pesticide pre-emption

In a letter to congressional leadership, more than 300 agriculture, environment, academic, infrastructure and other stakeholder groups asked Congress to reaffirm federal pesticide pre-emption on labeling and packaging. Failing to do so, the groups warn, could hold disastrous consequences for food security, the environment, public health, vital infrastructure and other uses where pesticides provide important societal benefits. The letter, which ... Read More »

Growers Disappointed Supreme Court Decides Not to Hear Glyphosate Case

Agriculture groups including the American Farm Bureau Federation, the American Soybean Association, the National Corn Growers Association, the National Association of Wheat Growers, and the National Cotton Council, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to deny the writ of certiorari petition to hear the case Monsanto v. Hardeman, which pertains to state glyphosate health warnings: “We ... Read More »

Supreme Court won’t review lawsuit over pesticide cancer risk labeling

From the Capital Press The U.S. Supreme Court will not review a $25 million jury verdict that faulted Monsanto for not warning about the alleged cancer risk of its Roundup glyphosate herbicides. The nation’s court has let stand a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that pesticide manufacturers claim will allow for a hodgepodge of state labeling requirements for ... Read More »

Wheat growers urge USDA consultation in review of glyphosate labeling case

From the National Association of Wheat Growers As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to decide whether to review a case that threatens federal preemption in the regulation of crop protection technologies, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) reiterates the need for the administration to consult with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the policy changes and the far-reaching ... Read More »

Ag groups call for withdrawal of glyphosate court brief

In a letter to President Biden, 54 agricultural groups expressed grave concern with a recent amicus brief submitted by the U.S. Solicitor General to the Supreme Court advising the court against taking up a case regarding pesticide labels. The groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, the American Soybean Association, the National Corn Growers Association, the National Association of Wheat ... Read More »

WSDA to host pesticide usage collection meeting

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is hosting a pesticide usage collection meeting on Jan. 19 at the Washington Association of Wheat Growers office in Ritzville from 9 am to 12:30 pm. Joel Demory, an agricultural practices specialist from the WSDA Spokane office, will be leading the meeting. The goal of the meeting is to collect updated pesticide usage data ... Read More »

EPA gets international calls to not ban chlorpyrifos

From the Capital Press Congressional Republicans, a pesticide maker and foreign trading partners are joining U.S. farmers in asking the Environmental Protection Agency to rescind its pending ban of chlorpyrifos. Meanwhile, labor, environmental and anti-pesticide groups are pressing the EPA to follow through and prohibit chlorpyrifos residue on food on Feb. 28. In a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan, ... Read More »

EPA, WSDA approve new wireworm seed treatment

Last week, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) and the Washington Grain Commission (WGC) received word that their support for a new wireworm seed treatment had been successful. Teraxxa, manufactured by BASF, was approved in mid-January by the Environmental Protection Agency for use in 2021, just in time for spring seeding. The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) approved ... Read More »

Agriculture, consumers and environment prevail in milestone ruling on glyphosate

From AgriPulse Agriculture, consumers, and the environment prevailed against California’s attempt to require producers to incorrectly declare that glyphosate causes cancer. At issue was California’s Proposition 65 requiring its Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to maintain “a list of those chemicals known to the state to cause cancer.” Prop 65 requires that this list automatically include any substances listed ... Read More »

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 »