Minnesota governor Mark Dayton on Aug. 25 issued an executive order limiting the use of nicotine-based pesticides known as neonicotinoids and initiating several other actions in an effort to reverse the decline of pollinators. The order creates some of the strictest regulations for pesticide use in any state.
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The governor’s action was taken after a two-year state review of hundreds of scientific studies that concluded neonicotinoid pesticides were harmful to honey bees and other pollinators. The new rules apply only to commercial pesticide applications, not to home use.
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Environmental groups “cheered” the governor’s action while some agriculture groups expressed disappointment, according to M.P.R.
The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association said it was a “knee jerk reaction” that limits farmers’ flexibility in use of chemicals that could lead to pest resistance.
The Minnesota Corn Growers Association noted the crucial role of pollinators, but said the restrictions could adversely affect farm revenue and should be evaluated and implemented with care.
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