Today, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Administrative Law Judge sided with EPA in a case which could force Bayer to cancel all uses of flubendiamide, or Belt, in the United States.

The judge’s initial decision will now be reviewed by the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) and will not be considered final until the EAB issues its ruling in July. While under EAB review, distributors, retailers and farmers can continue to buy, sell and use the product in their operations. 

Stephanie Metzinger

Western Growers proudly welcomes TerrAvion and Trace Genomics as the two newest startup companies in the Center for Innovation & Technology in Salinas, Calif. The Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology (WGCIT) opened its doors in December 2015 with six start-up companies and now has 15 companies working toward developing innovative solutions to help solve agriculture’s biggest challenges.

Crop protection tools are vital to the economical and safe production of food, as they help farmers efficiently protect against plant diseases, insects, weeds and other pests. But, how has science or other factors impacted their evolution? Crop protection tools support a reliable food supply; with the demand for food increasing, the need for a variety of crop protection tool is greater than ever.

Stephanie Metzinger

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Western Growers is engaged in the defense of critical crop protection tools and remains active at the federal, state and local levels.  When restrictions are necessary, we work with regulators to ensure they are based on science and that they protect public health without diminishing efficacy in the field. This marriage of science and policy is where Advocacy and Science & Technology units at Western Growers come together for the benefit of our members.

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