Dicamba

Public interest groups sue EPA for re-approving controversial herbicide dicamba

Public-interest groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s re-approval of products containing dicamba, a herbicide controversial for its tendency to drift into neighboring fields and damage farmers’ crops and homeowners’ gardens. Last fall, the EPA green-lighted dicamba use for five years, the third time the agency registered dicamba products. George Kimbrell, legal director at […]

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EPA takes action to investigate PFAS contamination

As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) extensive efforts to address PFAS, the agency is making new information available about EPA testing that shows PFAS contamination from fluorinated containers.   Through a coordinated effort with both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a pesticide manufacturer, the agency has determined that fluorinated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) containers that are used to […]

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Audio: Farmers will have options when renewing Private Pesticide Applicators License in 2021

When the calendar changes to 2021, it’ll be time for farmers to either renew their Private Pesticide Applicators Licenses or to obtain certification for one. Valerie Tate is an MU Extension agronomist in Linn County. She tells there will be a limited number of face to face opportunities in Grundy, Livingston, and Linn counties to […]

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EPA proposes registration of Trifludimoxazin, a new herbicide active ingredient

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposes registering pesticide products containing the new active ingredient trifludimoxazin, a vital additional tool in managing resistant weeds. Trifludimoxazin is an herbicide intended for pre-and/or post-emergent control of broadleaf and grass weeds. It can be applied by aircraft on citrus fruits, pome fruits, cereal grain (except rice), tree nuts, peanuts, […]

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Environmental Protection Agency proposes new safety measures for Chlorpyrifos

The EPA is taking the next step in its regulatory review of chlorpyrifos, an insecticide used for a large variety of agricultural uses and non-agricultural uses. Today, EPA is proposing measures to reduce the risks identified in the agency’s September 2020 draft risk assessments to better protect human health and the environment. As outlined in the proposed […]

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EPA awards $2.5 million to the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs for farmworker pesticide training

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has selected the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs to receive up to $500,000 annually to conduct pesticide safety training across the country over the next five years. With EPA funding, AFOP will administer this grant to provide occupational health and safety training to migrant and seasonal farmworkers in more than […]

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Department of Natural Resources to hold pesticide collection event in Albany

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will host a free pesticide collection event in Albany. Missouri farmers and households can come to the University of Missouri’s Hundley-Whaley Research Center at 1109 South Birch Street on August 29th from 8 o’clock to noon. Accepted items will include unwanted pesticides, rodenticides, dewormers, fly tags, fertilizers containing pesticides, […]

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Master Gardener online training classes to begin August 23, 2020

Even in the era of COVID-19, Master Gardener’s learning options continue to grow. Registration is open for online core training classes through the University of Missouri Extension. Classes begin Aug. 23 and run through Dec. 31, said David Trinklein, Missouri Master Gardener program coordinator, and MU Extension horticulturist. Trinklein teaches the class with Sarah Denkler, […]

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EPA makes it easier for consumers to find effective disinfectant products to use

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its List N Tool, a new web-based application (app) that allows smartphone users and others to quickly identify disinfectant products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The agency also announced new actions to ensure that new disinfectant products that are safe […]