Tag Archives: pesticides

Making Sense of the New EPA Mitigation Requirements for Pesticide Applicators

From smallgrains.wsu.edu The mission of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to take the necessary precautions to protect both human health and the environment. We have all been told numerous times that the “label” is the law, which remains true. However, the EPA has decided that in addition to the pesticide label on products, pesticide applicators will now ... Read More »

EPA’s authority for pesticide proposals questioned

From the Capital Press The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposals to fundamentally change U.S. pesticide regulations are likely to be challenged in court, according to observers. The EPA’s herbicide strategy and vulnerable species pilot project propose broad-based limits on pesticide use without new scientific studies to support the additional restrictions. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

State agriculture directors ask EPA to defend ‘herbicide strategy’

From the Capital Press The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture has called on the Environmental Protection Agency to answer critics before forging ahead with new herbicide regulations. States were not involved in drafting the EPA’s “herbicide strategy, but would be responsible for carrying it out. The strategy is “unreasonably complex” and enforcing it is “inconceivable,” according to the ... Read More »

A world without glyphosate

New study details the potential impacts of banning glyphosate A recent study concludes that the loss of glyphosate as a viable tool for agriculture would result in doubled input costs for farmers, increased soil erosion, increased carbon emissions, and increased costs for consumers. “We assess that if glyphosate were no longer available, markets would adapt through substitution and adjusted practices, ... Read More »

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 »