EPA Proposes Rule to Improve Pesticide Crop Groupings

On Tuesday, the EPA opened a 60-day comment period requesting public comments on the sixth proposed rule in a series of revisions to the pesticide crop grouping regulations. Crop groups are established when residue data for certain representative crops are used to establish pesticide tolerances for a group of crops that are botanically or taxonomically […]

New EPA Pesticide Policy May Limit New Chemistries

The EPA is reversing decades of practice in an attempt to further the Agency’s compliance with the Endangered Species Act when evaluating new pesticides and ingredients. In the new policy, EPA will evaluate the potential effects of each new active ingredient on federally threatened or endangered species and their designated critical habitats before the agency […]

Crowder Highlights How DAS Can Trim Production Costs

In an effort to help tree fruit growers save on their operating costs, 15 years ago Washington state University rolled out the Decision Aid System. And in that time, the digital Ag tool has become a platform for tree fruit growers, and now potato growers, to stay up to date on real-time weather, disease pressures […]

Simplot Agrees To Pay Pesticide Penalty

On Wednesday the EPA announced that Simplot has agreed to pay a $65,248 penalty for federal pesticide handling and storage requirement violations. The violations occurred at their company’s Umatilla, OR and Moreland, ID retail facilities. Investigators said a 12” hole was discovered in the floor of the Umatilla warehouse, which would have allowed bulk pesticides, […]

Ag Groups Urge Administration to Appeal Chlorpyrifos Court Decision

A coalition of agriculture groups urge the Biden administration to appeal a circuit court decision related to chlorpyrifos. The court ruling requires the EPA to either write a new rule to allow for the safe use of chlorpyrifos or halt all food residue tolerances of the insecticide, which would effectively ban its use. The Ag […]

WSDA Hosting Yakima Area Tree Fruit Workshop

The Washington state Department of agriculture will host their 2nd annual IPM Practices of Tree Fruit workshop on Monday March 29th. The workshop will focus on the tree fruit industry in the Yakima-area, with topics including little cherry disease, X-disease, pests in apples and much more. WSDA will take an in-depth look at new strategies […]