TAG: neonicotinoid

EPA releases imidacloprid risk assessment, comment period open

January 15, 2016By

Earlier this month the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide imidacloprid, saying it shows a threat to some pollinators. EPA’s assessment indicates that imidacloprid potentially poses risk to hives when the pesticide comes in contact with certain crops that attract pollinators. A 60-day public comment period has commenced. After the comment... read more

Government Affairs: Lowe’s joins Home Depot in phasing out neonics

May 1, 2015By

On April 9 Lowe’s said it’s phasing out shelf products that contain neonicotinoid-containing pesticides (neonics) and will work with growers over the next four years to eliminate the use of neonics on bee-attractive plants they sell. Lowe’s made the announcement on page 27 of its 2014 “Social Responsibility Report” in a section titled “Listening to Stakeholders.” Lowe’s joins Home Depot... read more

Purdue professors release EAB, pollinator safety tools

March 17, 2015By

Professors in the department of entomology at Purdue University released two new resources regarding emerald ash borer (EAB) and pollinator safety. The resources include EAB self-study courses and a neonicotinoid pollinator website. Each self-study course—with options targeted toward green industry professionals, master gardeners and/or mangers of outdoor recreation areas—is made up of 100 slides to guide professionals through the history,... read more

NJGIC hosts 2014 Pollinator Summit Nov. 11

October 8, 2014By

The New Jersey Green Industry Council (NJGIC) is heading up its 2014 Pollinator Summit Nov. 11 at the National Conference Center in East Windsor, N.J. “There is a great deal of misinformation out there on the neonic issue and public ignorance, and the resulting pressure on retailers might result in the loss of this class of chemistry for our entire... read more

Bayer reinforces honeybee health for National Honey Bee Day

August 15, 2014By

With Aug. 16 being National Honey Bee Day, the Bayer Bee Care Program is spreading the word that honeybee health and populations are rebounding, compared to previous years. A few figures reflecting that include the following, according to Bayer: Honeybee populations are stable or increasing globally; After a long winter, hives on two continents were stronger than in previous years; President Barrack Obama started an initiative... read more

EPA funds projects to lower pesticide risk to bees

January 14, 2014By

Through Agricultural Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Grants, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is putting nearly $500,000 toward three university projects focused on reducing the use of pesticides as well as protecting bees from pesticides. The Agricultural IPM Grant money will be divided among Louisiana State University (LSU), University of Vermont (UVM) and Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). “These collaborative... read more