TAG: Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment

RISE to raise dues, funds will go to fighting pesticide litigation battles

September 13, 2017By

The Governing Board for Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE), at the group’s annual meeting in August in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., unanimously approved a membership dues increase to fund a more proactive messaging stance and fight mounting pesticide litigation battles. The dues increase—the organization’s first in years—is significant but needed, said RISE Chairman Jonathan Sweat, who is also BASF’s... read more

‘Change’ is the operative word at RISE Industry Issues Breakfast

February 13, 2017By

“Where should we begin today?” Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) President Aaron Hobbs asked a crowd of members and golf course superintendents attending the organization’s annual Industry Issues Breakfast Feb. 8 at the Golf Industry Show (GIS) in Orlando. “We did have an election. How about we start there,” said Hobbs, after a lengthy pause. “How will the... read more

RISE, companies sue Montgomery County over pesticide ban

November 22, 2016By

Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE), along with six local businesses and seven residents of Montgomery County, Md., filed a lawsuit on Nov. 21 that challenges the passage of the county’s pesticide ban. “Our nearly two-year challenge to the passage of Bill 52-14 continues with today’s court filing,” said Aaron Hobbs, RISE president. “Along with impacted county businesses and... read more

Reardon recognized, Delaney honored at RISE annual meeting

September 14, 2016By

Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE), an organization that promotes the safe use of pesticides to control pests and invasive species, held its 2016 conference in Williamsburg, Va., Aug. 29-Sept 1. RISE added 15 members in 2016, making the total number of members about 200 member companies. RISE leaders spent part of the meeting discussing legal updates that occurred... 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

County in Maryland bans pesticide use

October 8, 2015By

Montgomery County, Md., became the first major locality in the U.S. to ban the use of cosmetic pesticides on private lawns, the Washington Post reports. The ban goes into effect in 2018. The County Council voted 6-to-3 to prohibit use of the chemicals after a public debate Oct. 6. The ban does not establish a method or unit to enforce... read more