Pollinators are a vital part of America’s economy and environment. Without pollinators, it would be difficult, if not impossible, for our fruits and vegetables to grow. From June 20-26, EPA encourages you to celebrate Pollinator Protection Week, a week dedicated to highlighting the importance of bees, bats, birds, butterflies and other pollinators.
Bees and bee health are still making headlines, and sorely needed research results are finally starting to emerge. In early May, Horticultural Research Institute participated in a research symposium at Penn State University where early results from several research projects relevant to pollinator health were shared.
EPA has made available for a 60-day comment period two draft Pesticide Registration Notices (PR Notices) that are aimed at combating pesticide resistance. The first PR Notice (PR Notice 2016-X) is titled "Draft Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Pesticide Resistance Management Labeling" and the second PR Notice (PR Notice 2016-XX) is titled "Draft Guidance for Herbicide Resistance Management Labeling, Education, Training, and Stewardship."
By Marcia Anderson, EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM. There is nothing as pleasant as a warm spring day. Flowers are beginning to bloom, tree buds are swelling, and the air is sweet with the smell of spring. Then, you hear the buzz, feel a slight prick, and the spell is gone. Yes, April showers really do bring May flowers followed by mosquitoes. Is there anything that you can do to reduce mosquitoes and the threat of mosquito-borne diseases this year? Actually there is.
“EPA has developed its new Safer Choice label so that it will be easier for shoppers to choose cleaning and home care products that are safer for families, pets, communities and the environment,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “Our Safer Choice program empowers consumers to protect their health and minimize the impact on the environment through everyday purchasing decisions.”
Where do you keep your cleaning supplies? If you’re like most of us, you probably said under the sink. What about other household products like insect repellents and flea or tick products? Where you store your household products might seem like a small detail. However, storing cleaning and other products incorrectly could be putting your kids at risk for an accidental poisoning.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to take action to stop poisonings caused by accidental ingestion of the herbicide paraquat, which can also cause severe injuries or death from skin or eye exposure. “We are taking tough steps to prevent people from accidentally drinking paraquat and to ensure these tragic deaths become a thing of the past,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for the office of chemical safety and pollution prevention. “We are also putting safety measures in place to prevent worker injuries from exposure to this pesticide.”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold an online technical briefing on its preliminary pollinator risk assessment for imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid insecticide, on February 18, 2016, from 1PM to 2:30PM (Eastern Standard Time). The webinar is intended to help inform the public about the results of the recently released preliminary pollinator risk assessment for imidacloprid.
The Penn State Tree Fruit Production team has reviewed and updated the Orchard Spray Spreadsheet for 2016. They have added over 30 products this year and included a new column with the PHI Release Date that should improve safety and clarity for re-entry times. They appreciate the continued support of growers and are always open to suggestions for improvements.
Penn State Extension is assessing how best to tailor our outreach and extension programming for those of you who will be the next generation of farmers. Our goal is to provide opportunities for active learning of research-based information that is applicable to your farm operation.
From the Northeastern IPM Center - Remember the video series Tracking the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug? When we first released it, we received enough accolades to fill a stink bug trap. Now we’re launching the sequel…four new installments bring important new information about integrated pest management or IPM in terms of biological control, monitoring and trapping, and the iconic pyramid traps.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, which shows a threat to some pollinators. EPA’s assessment, prepared in collaboration with California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation, indicates that imidacloprid potentially poses risk to hives when the pesticide comes in contact with certain crops that attract pollinators.
CHEMSWEEP provides Pennsylvania farmers and other licensed pesticide applicators with a means to dispose of canceled, suspended or unwanted pesticide products. By participating in this program, applicators can legally dispose of waste pesticides, generally at little or no cost.
EPA’s Pesticides website has a new look, feel, and address. Many of our stakeholders have noticed our gradual move to new versions of our content as part of the larger EPA effort to build a more user-friendly website. With the new pesticides website, information should now be easier than ever to access, regardless of the type of electronic device you use, including tablets and smartphones.
By Administrator Gina McCarthy and Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez We depend on our nation’s two million farmworkers to help provide the fruits and vegetables we feed our families every day. But each year, thousands of farmworkers become ill or injured from preventable pesticide exposure, leading to sick days, lost wages, medical bills, and absences from school. Farmworkers deserve the same kinds of protections from workplace hazards that workers in other industries have enjoyed for decades.
“President Obama has called closing gaps of opportunity a defining challenge of our time. Meeting that challenge means ensuring healthy work environments for all Americans, especially those in our nation’s vulnerable communities,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “We depend on farmworkers every day to help put the food we eat on America’s dinner tables—and they deserve fair, equitable working standards with strong health and safety protections. With these updates we can protect workers, while at the same time preserve the strong traditions of our family farms and ensure the continued the growth of our agricultural economy.”
As summer heats up, colonies of stinging insects that started out as just a little nest under a roof eave have grown into a nest that you might consider removing. Many people are nervous when dealing with stinging insects. Try not to stress too much as treatment usually only takes a few minutes.
In 2013, the Pennsylvania Poison Center received 1,125 cases of pyrethrin or pyrethroids insecticide exposures.
Now that Old Man Winter has lost his firm grip on much of our area, one of the activities that will happen rather quickly this spring is the transfer and application of liquid fertilizer on the farm. Many farms take advantage of using polyethylene (poly) tanks for transportation, storage and application of fertilizers and chemicals.
Here is a newspaper story (reprinted with permission) that was run in the Daily News about the Huntingdon County Master Gardeners facilitating a Poison Prevention Program to nearly 90 first graders! Our Penn State Pesticide Education Program encourages any group to share their stories and photos of the Poison Prevention Program with us!