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Podcast: Fungi destroy $60 billion worth of food each year. Are natural biopesticides the answer?

Food waste plagues both farmers and consumers. Americans throw out much of what we buy at the grocery store—roughly 133 ...
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States want tighter EPA restrictions on dicamba weedkillers after another year of ‘skyrocketing’ crop damage

On April 28, the Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO) sent EPA a letter asking that the agency consider ...
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Farm groups join lawsuit to support EPA’s glyphosate weedkiller re-approval

Commodity groups, ag retailers and others are seeking to intervene in a lawsuit filed in the 9th Circuit Court of ...
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Will CRISPR spawn a new wave of crop biotech innovation despite regulatory hurdles?

The fact that gene-edited crops can be indistinguishable at the molecular level from those that occur in nature or are ...
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EPA green lights weedkiller for use on GMO soy, helping farmers control herbicide-resistant weeds

[March 30], the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the registration of the use of isoxaflutole on genetically engineered soybeans, ...
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USDA produce industry committee recommends EPA suspend registration of drift-prone dicamba herbicides

The USDA Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee has recommended the suspension of dicamba registration to prevent produce crop harm ...
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EPA watchdog to determine if agency followed ‘scientifically sound principles’ in approving dicamba herbicides

The inspector general of the EPA is planning to look into whether EPA acted properly when it registered dicamba in ...
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Environmental groups say new EPA pesticide approval rules threaten endangered species

The US Environmental Protection Agency is changing how it evaluates the risks of pesticides to endangered species. Rather than rely ...
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As more states try to ban chlorpyrifos insecticides, small chemical firms boost production to meet farmer demand

Smaller players in the pesticide industry are angling to take advantage of a new and perhaps finite window to sell ...
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EPA appears likely to re-approve drift-prone dicamba herbicides with added restrictions

When the U.S. EPA reregistered dicamba soybean herbicides for use on Xtend soybeans in 2018, labels were effective for two ...
Podcast: Crop damage caused by dicamba raises questions about how EPA will handle Bayer's request to re-approve herbicide in late 2020

Podcast: Crop damage caused by dicamba raises questions about how EPA will handle Bayer’s request to re-approve herbicide in late 2020

Every summer for the past three years, the phones have been ringing like crazy in the Office of the Indiana ...
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Farmers cheer EPA rulings on glyphosate, neonicotinoid pesticides, while activists pan them as concessions to industry

In a move heralded by farmers but panned by environmental groups, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to reapprove ...
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EPA reaffirms glyphosate herbicide poses no human health risk, says additional review slated for fall 2020

EPA has finalized its interim registration decision on glyphosate, once again stating the herbicide poses no risk to human health ...
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Bayer reportedly discussing halt of Roundup weed killer sales to consumers as part of glyphosate-cancer settlement negotiations

Bayer is considering stopping sales of the weedkiller glyphosate to private users who apply it in their gardens, German newspaper ...
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Have regulators failed to address agriculture’s fertilizer pollution problem?

Everywhere Randy Souder looked, he saw mud. On his soggy fields. In the mechanized crannies of his planter. Along the ...
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EPA rejects New York Times’ allegation that agriculture, chemical industries ‘control’ environmental regulation

The Environmental Protection Agency unloaded [Jan. 14] on the New York Times, accusing the newspaper of “extreme bias” for running ...
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USDA, FDA, EPA launch website to promote ‘science-based’ agriculture biotechnology rules

[I]n recognition of January 2020 as National Biotechnology Month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration ...
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EPA re-approves controversial weed killer atrazine, arguing benefits outweigh potential ecological risks

Atrazine is widely used in agriculture across a range of crops, primarily corn but also sugarcane and sorghum, as well ...
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US revising GMO, gene editing rules to ensure health and environmental safety, protect innovation

.... More than 30 years have passed since the three federal agencies that deal with agricultural products of biotechnology — ...
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‘Dicamba fatigue’: State regulators anticipate more off-target damage from Bayer’s controversial herbicide in 2020

Three consecutive years of off-target dicamba injury is taking its toll on the agricultural industry. Leo Reed even has a ...
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EPA wants scientists to share their data: Will it promote government transparency or threaten public health?

"The Trump administration is preparing to significantly limit the scientific and medical research that the government can use to determine ...
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EPA, USDA, FDA launch food-waste collaboration to help ‘build sustainable agricultural’ system

On October 30, 2019 the leaders of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and U.S. Department ...
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Pesticide makers drop challenge to California’s proposed chlorpyrifos insecticide ban

Pesticide manufactures on [September 9] agreed to drop challenges to a proposed California ban on sales of a product linked ...
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Over 99% of farmers follow EPA pesticide rules, so why is the public scared of chemicals?

[In September] the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its 2017 pesticide residue sampling data results. FDA concluded: “The ...
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Podcast: Farming without chemicals: Pesticide-carrying bees poised to revolutionize agriculture?

While the GMO controversy rages, a handful of companies are taking another innovative approach to crop protection ...
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EPA proposal to roll back animal testing and ‘cut unnecessary research’ gains backing from PETA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it plans to reduce the use of pesticide testing on birds as part of ...
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EPA plan to end animal testing by 2035 pits environmental groups against animal rights activists

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C., announced .... that it will stop conducting or funding studies on ...
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