State Agriculture Officials Oppose Pesticide

February 13, 2015

From: Inside EPA

Some state agriculture officials are opposing possible restrictions on pesticide use as part of a federal pollinator protection strategy that EPA and other agencies are expected to release soon, arguing agencies should instead focus on improving coordination between farmers and beekeepers, though advocates contend federal restrictions are necessary.

EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are leading a federal Pollinator Health Task Force in crafting a strategy for implementing President Obama’s June 20 memo on stemming pollinator declines by improving their habitat; assessing how pesticides and other stressors contribute to their declines; and acting where appropriate.

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