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

Western Growers’ members are invited to learn about the latest produce food safety research findings during the 7th Annual Center for Produce Safety Symposium on June 28-29 in Seattle.

Produce industry leaders, government officials and food safety research scientists will gather to learn about topics such as irrigation water advancements; utilizing surrogates, indicators and detection methods; implementing science-based preventive controls that minimize contamination risks; and more.

Stephanie Thara

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Will this year be The Lost El Niño?

El Niño has already brought major rain and snow to California. But most of it is going straight out to the ocean. Why are we missing this opportunity to recover from the drought?