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EPA Releases Preliminary Risk Assessment for Tetrachlorvinphos

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a draft human health risk assessment for tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP). TCVP is an organophosphate insecticide used in pet flea and tick collars, powders and sprays as well as an insect control treatment to livestock and their premises, in kennels, and outdoors as a perimeter treatment. Continue reading

Natural Resources Defense Council publishes report linking cover crops to stronger soil

In Corn and Soybean Digest

As harvest season ends and farmers in the United States ready themselves for winter, one small change could make a huge difference in their soil’s health and the health of our climate-impacted world: planting cover crops.

A report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) finds cover crops can suck tons of carbon pollution from the air, significantly cut crop losses and prevent the loss of a trillion gallons of water. In fact, planting cover crops on half the corn and soybean acres in the top 10 agricultural states (California, Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Indiana) could sequester  more than 19 million metric tons of carbon annually – the equivalent of taking more than 4 million cars off the road. Continue reading

Pollinators take center stage on Capitol Hill

Pollinator health is a hot topic on Capitol Hill. “Saving America’s Pollinators Act of 2013” would require EPA restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides on bee-attractive plants. A House Agriculture subcommittee is reviewing the bill now. Also in the House subcommittee, bill  H.R. 5447 pushes for expedited approval of pesticides “for the management of parasitic pests that adversely impact the health of managed pollinator bees, and for other purposes.” The Natural Resources Defense Council sees the bill as unnecessary, and recommends expedited review for only those products meeting current reduced-risk criteria set by EPA.

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How can IPM save the pollinators? Live web broadcast

The Northeastern IPM Center will host a discussion on the topic of pollinators in a live-streamed web event. The discussion is entitled, “Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Pollinators: What is the appropriate role for IPM on the issue of pollinators?” The Northeastern IPM Center has invited four speakers from the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the Natural Resources Defense Council, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the US Environmental Protection Agency to provide an update on current issues surrounding pollinator health. Panelists will share facts about pollinators and pollinator decline, and give some thought to the role that the integrated pest management community, as well as scientific experts, public officials, and citizens, should take to address it.

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