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EPA Releases Draft Risk Assessments for Glyphosate

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing for public comment the draft human health and ecological risk assessments for glyphosate, one of the most widely used agricultural pesticides in the United States.

The draft human health risk assessment concludes that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.  The Agency’s assessment found no other meaningful risks to human health when the product is used according to the pesticide label.  The Agency’s scientific findings are consistent with the conclusions of science reviews by a number of other countries as well as the 2017 National Institute of Health Agricultural Health Survey. Continue reading

New Publication Features Hedgerow Plants to Attract Helpful Insects

The recent ATTRA publication, “A Pictorial Guide to Hedgerow Plants for Beneficial Insects,” is a meticulously photographed pictorial guide to numerous beneficial hedgerow plant species used in farmscaping for native pollinators and insect predators and parasites in California. It provides plant names,on-farm photo documentation, bloom times, heights, and descriptions that note considerations for selection and establishment.

You can download the publication for free at https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=582. Continue reading

APHIS Makes Import Guidance for Wood and Wood Products Easier to Find and Understand

On December 14, 2017, APHIS published the revised Wood and Wood Products section of the Miscellaneous and Processed Product Manual (MPPM).  This major update does not change APHIS’ import requirements for wood and wood products; it simply makes them easier to find and understand. Specific changes include:

  • Reorganizing requirements into subsections, such as wood products from Canada or wood packaging material
  • Placing information in shorter tables, making it easier for the user to follow a decision pathway
  • Removing redundant language that is provided directly to importers on their permits, helping to reduce the wood and wood product section’s overall length by 50%
  • Identifying and eliminating decision “dead ends” which left users without final, clear direction
  • Creating a new section in the manual that provides clear guidance for importing handicrafts, including wooden handicrafts

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