Backing State Bee Protection Plans, Growers Oppose EPA Pesticide Limits

February 25, 2015

From: Inside EPA

Cotton growers are urging EPA not to limit pesticide use in states that are crafting plans to protect pollinators, raising concerns that a forthcoming federal strategy for implementing President Obama’s memo on pollinator protection could curb state efforts to protect bees through better communication between growers and beekeepers.

EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are leading a federal Pollinator Health Task Force that is expected to release in the coming weeks 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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