The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has released its response to public comments provided on the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) and Huanglongbing (HLB) Disease proposed regulation changes.

CDFA’s response includes suggestions for improving the regional quarantine concept. All total, 84 oral and written comments on the proposed regulation changes for citrus nursery stock and citrus commodities were submitted.

Jeff Janas

The Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released their final decision and order last week regarding EPA’s request for Bayer to cancel of all uses of flubendiamide, or Belt, in the United States. The EAB essentially upheld the decision of the EPA Administrative Law Judge supporting the cancellation of Belt without a hearing to challenge EPA’s decision.

Stephanie Thara

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 Thara

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 Thara

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