TAG: neonicotinoids

Government Affairs: EPA reaffirms safety of glyphosate, environmental groups disagree, controversy continues

May 1, 2019By

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an interim decision on the herbicide glyphosate. They have received pushback from environmental groups. read more

Government Affairs: Maryland poised to become first state to ban consumer use of neonics

April 4, 2016By

In March, both houses of the Maryland legislature passed a bill to ban consumer use of neonicotinoids (neonics). As of this writing, the bill sits on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk awaiting his signature. Gov. Hogan, a Republican, has not indicated whether he will sign the bill. Individuals permitted under the bill to use neonicotinoid-containing pesticides are licensed pesticide applicators... read more

Issue brief: Bee health and your business

January 9, 2015By

You’ve no doubt heard about beekeepers in the U.S. and Europe experiencing bee colony die-offs. It’s somewhat of a mystery why this is happening; although, scientific consensus is emerging that the Varroa mite, in association with a range of viruses, is a significant factor in these losses. However, much of the blame for the loss of managed bee colonies has... read more

Study shows 60 percent of T&O professionals favor neonics

December 10, 2014By

A recent report provided neonicotinoids are the primary tools used by turf and ornamental (T&O) professionals to control destructive insect pests. The report, titled “The Value of Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Turf and Ornamentals: The Value of Neonicotinoids to Turf and Ornamental Professionals,” is one in a series that will be released over the next few months as part of a... read more

Government Affairs: Unfinished business

November 4, 2014By

As the 113th U.S. Congress comes to the end of its term in December, many are calling it the most unproductive Congress in history. Partisan wrangling rather than constructive legislative work seemed to have been the order of the day throughout this Congress’ two-year history. Left undone are at least three pieces of legislation that could help landscape contractors. Putting... read more

Government Affairs: Neonicotinoids on trial

September 1, 2014By
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The class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids have been a boon to the landscape management industry. Chemically similar to nicotine, the “neonics” are effective and less toxic to mammals and birds than many of the previous generation of organophosphate and carbomate insecticides. Not only are neonics effective in controlling a wide variety of insect pests, in many cases they can... read more