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TAG: bumblebees

Oregon rules misapplication caused bee deaths

January 28, 2014By

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) released findings on its investigation into bumblebee deaths at multiple sites in Oregon last spring. In June, the ODA issued a temporary rule restricting the use of products containing the active ingredients dinotefuran and imidacloprid in the wake of four separate incidents. One of these incidents involved a foliar application of Valent U.S.A. Corp.’s... read more

Firm, applicators fined in Oregon bee death incidents

January 6, 2014By

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) issued six civil penalties totaling $2,886 in connection with four bumblebee death incidents in 2013. ODA issued three civil penalties in the largest of the incidents, which occurred in Wilsonville in June. In that occasion, an estimated 50,000 bumblebees died following the application of dinotefuran on European linden trees. The state issued a $555... read more

Bee-friendly lawn care

December 3, 2013By

How turf managers can help protect pollinators while using insecticides. – By Jonathan Larson and Daniel Potter, Ph.d. Populations of cultivated honeybees, native bumblebees and other pollinators have declined alarmingly in recent years. Scientists are scrutinizing the possible causes of bee die-offs and what to do about them. Much of the debate centers on whether or not exposure to insecticides, especially... read more

Oregon to require state-specific label on some insecticides

November 27, 2013By

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has instituted regulatory and educational measures designed to protect bees and other pollinators from exposure to certain pesticides, including requiring pesticide manufacturers to include some Oregon-specific label on some products. These changes come five months after state officials temporarily prohibited the use of pesticides containing the active ingredient dinotefuran following a massive bee kill-off ... read more