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PESTICIDE BAN

EPA has proposed a total ban on the insecticide chlorpyrifos (Dursban/Lorsban) for agricultural uses, saying it has been unable to make a safety finding as required under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) by a court-imposed Oct. 31 deadline.

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EPA SAFETY RULES

New rules will prohibit children from handling pesticides and require farm workers to complete pesticide safety training more frequently, bolstering protections for 2 million U.S. farm laborers and their families, the EPA announced Monday.

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MERGER UPDATE

The Wall Street Journal reports that Monsanto is pitching its proposal to acquire rival Syngenta to the Swiss pesticide maker’s shareholders as Monsanto strives to get Syngenta’s board to the bargaining table.

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DRIFTWATCH

The Illinois Department of Agriculture  is holding a news event in Alto Pass today to entice more vineyards to participate in the Driftwatch program. The Driftwatch program was launched in 2010 as a coordinated effort between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and several other Midwestern states in an effort to promote better communications between pesticide… read more

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DRONE APPROVED FOR FARM APPLICATION

A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the U.S., officials said Tuesday. The drone, called the RMAX, is a remotely piloted helicopter that weigh 207 pounds, said Steve Markofski, a spokesman for Yamaha Corp. U.S.A., which developed the aircraft, as… read more

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LOWE’S

Lowe’s announced this week it will phase out the sale of products containing neonicotinoid pesticides as part of its corporate responsibility commitments for this year.

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YOU CAN’T EAT WHAT YOU DON’T GROW

After a data-driven examination of past developments and current uses, the authors conclude that a safe, thoughtful integration of pesticides is essential if we hope to attain an abundant food supply for a hungry world. Meeting the Global Need for Food Production by 2050 – You Can’t Eat What Doesn’t Grow” is a new peer-reviewed… read more

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WHERE’S THE RUNOFF

 A new U.S. Geological Survey study shows a major increase of pesticides in urban streams in recent years, while levels in agricultural streams remained unchanged.

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UC Davis Study on Pesticides & Autism

Talking points on a recent study involving pesticides and autism: UC Davis_Issue Summary_6 23 14 (1)  

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