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TAG: pesticides

EPA fines Amazon $1.2 million for FIFRA violations

February 28, 2018By

Amazon will pay a $1.2 million penalty to settle nearly 4,000 alleged violations of U.S. law related to illegal pesticide sales. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) alleges Amazon violated the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), selling and distributing imported pesticide and insecticide products that weren’t approved in the U.S. The online behemoth agreed to monitor and remove illegal... read more

Bayer, Monsanto reach deal worth $66B

September 14, 2016By

After a long negotiation process, German health and agricultural company Bayer reached a deal to acquire seed and pesticide firm Monsanto. The deal is valued at $66 billion, NPR reports. St. Louis-based Monsanto is an agricultural seed supplier, fertilizer producer and also makes herbicides, most notably Round Up. Bayer, well-known for its aspirin products, is responsible for herbicide products like Tribute Total Herbicide and Spectacle FLO. Bayer will... read more

Pesticides through the EPA-approval process

May 2, 2016By
illustration: ©

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates pesticides through a stringent process. It can take chemical companies many months or years before they’re permitted to sell their products. Here’s how it works. Chemical company invents new product. (This could be a new active ingredient or new combination of ingredients.) Test + data. The chemical company is responsible for funding and compiling... read more

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

Montgomery County pesticide ordinance

January 4, 2016By

Sarah Laborde, grassroots manager for RISE, talks about the pesticide ordinance passed by Montgomery County earlier this year. Learn how this bill could potentially affect other municipalities across the U.S. read more

Step by Step: How to tank mix chemicals

October 16, 2015By
photo: Syngenta

Tank mixing fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals can save time and money if done correctly. Generally, you can tank mix within product categories, such as mixing herbicides with other herbicides. However, be cautious when mixing cross-category products. There are some herbicides that shouldn’t be mixed with certain insecticides or plant growth regulators. Before creating a batch for application, first test... read more