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By Clint Thompson, University of Georgia
Pests such as thrips, whiteflies, aphids, beet armyworm and hornworms can devastate vegetable crops.
Potentially just as harmful, though, is the over-use of pesticides, which can lead to pest resurgence, resistance and risk the environment.
Applying the proper amount of each chemical is key to sustaining vegetable productivity in Georgia, according to University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences entomologist David Riley.
From Southeast Farm Press
In the March 27 Federal Register, EPA announced the availability of a document entitled, “Enhancing Stakeholder Input in the Pesticide Registration Review and ESA Consultation Processes and Development of Economically and Technologically Feasible Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives.”
The paper was jointly prepared by EPA, USDA and the National Marine Fisheries Service and the US Fish & Wildlife Service (the Services).
The EPA has released an updated version of the Dietary Exposure Evaluation Model-Food Commodity Intake Database (DEEM-FCID)/Calendex software (v. 3.18/9.14). This replaces the previous version posted on the EPA website and made available to the public in June 2012. The DEEM-FCID software can be found and downloaded at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/science/deem/.
The EPA will hold a workshop on April 10 to discuss new provisions in the Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act of 2012, known as PRIA 3, and the agency’s experiences to date with its implementation. Plenary presentations will include discussions on what is new in PRIA 3, the 2-day label review process, new technical screening of applications, the EPA’s new similarity clinic process to handle applications for substantially similar products, changes in primary and secondary actions, and inert ingredients in pesticide products.
More than 145,000 reports are made each year to poison centers involving pesticides and disinfectants.
During National Poison Prevention Week, March 17-23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urges parents and caregivers to secure pesticides and other household chemicals in locked cabinets out of children’s reach.
From Delta Farm Press
Honey bees are a massive global business, responsible for a third of the world’s food production. Honey bees provide $15 billion in added U.S. crop value each year, and as the USDA reports, “About one mouthful in three in our diet directly or indirectly benefits from honey bee pollination.”
It’s difficult to overstate honey bee significance to the planet’s food security. And since 2006, after the bullrush onset of Colony Collapse Disorder, scientists and beekeepers have looked for a source of blame; a cause to explain millions of abandoned hives and billions of dead bees.
Free Webinar, Thursday, February 21, 1 EST, 12 CST, 10 PST.
Asthma in America is epidemic among children, impacting nearly 25% in urban areas and becoming the leading cause of hospital visits in low-income neighborhoods each year. Pest allergens and pesticides are contributing factors, with cockroaches being among the most potent asthma triggers. So how can you utilize best management practices to effectively control pest allergens through integrated pest management (IPM)?
A free ten-part IPM training program designed for child care and early learning environments is now available. The PowerPoint set presents a step-by-step approach to improving management of pests and reducing pesticide risks.
Outfitting soldiers with clothing that effectively repels or kills insects is one of the strategies U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are using to help protect U.S. military personnel deployed overseas against disease-transmitting mosquitoes and sand flies.
Join Daniel Sudakin, MD, MPH, Assoc. Prof. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at Oregon State University, and the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) for a free webinar on “Pesticide Residues in the Indoor Environment” – April 25, 2012, 1 PM EDT.