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Pesticides and Responsible Pollinator Protection

Pollinator protection has become a common phrase we frequently hear. Those of us working in agriculture recognize that honey bees and other pollinators are as much a part of agriculture as cattle and corn. Losses of honey bees since 2006

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Worker Protection Standards Compliance

Agricultural pesticides have requirements on the label requiring various actions in order to protect the health of employees; these are the Worker Protection Standards (WPS). WPS requires owners and employers on agricultural establishments and commercial pesticide handling establishments to protect

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Comment Period for Reassessment of Neonicotinoid Insecticides Extended

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the comment period for the recently released neonicotinoid risk assessments until April 20, 2018. This is an opportunity for the public to comment on the preliminary ecological and human health assessments for clothianidin,

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National Pesticide Safety Education Month

The month of February is National Pesticide Safety Education Month and is an initiative of the National Stakeholder Team for Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEPs). This is the first year in which we recognize pesticide safety education programs with this

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Revised Labels for Dicamba Products and Mandatory Training Requirements

In October 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved revised labeling for new formulations of dicamba products that are marketed as Engenia (BASF), Xtendimax (Monsanto), and FeXapan (DuPont).  These new herbicides were developed in conjunction with the release of dicamba-tolerant

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On-line Notification System for Applicators to Communicate with Local Beekeepers

There has been some controversy surrounding the use of some pesticides and their effect on pollinator health, particularly honey bees. Dr. Tammy Potter, state apiarist, at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has developed an online tool to facilitate communication among

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Pesticide certification: Who needs it?

There has been some confusion with respect to who is required to have pesticide certification — either private or commercial certification. This article is based on information provided by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) to clarify this issue. KDA

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