7 results for month: 03/2019

Oregon Bills Call for Restrictions on Neonicotinoids, and Ban on Chlorpyrifos-Based Pesticides

3/28/19: Four Oregon bills that would regulate pesticide use and reporting went through public hearings this Tuesday. Senate Bill 853 and House Bill 3058 both would restrict sales of neonicotinoid pesticides to licensed applicators, and would completely ban chlorpyrifos, a widely used organochloride pesticide linked to neurological damage in children and adults. Read more on The Statesman Journal.

FFAR’s 2019 Seeding Solutions Grant Now Accepting Applications

3/19/19: The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is now accepting pre-proposals for the 2019 Seeding Solutions funding opportunity through April 19, 2019. FFAR is looking to fund innovative research projects that support one of its Challenge Areas. The Seeding Solutions Grant program requires applicants to secure matching funds from non-federal sources, including private sector, non-profits, commodity and trade groups, state governments, or other groups not traditionally affiliated with agriculture. Read more about this funding opportunity here.

Greenhouse Production in Mexico Rapidly Popularizing

3/14/19: Every year, more and more Mexican produce comes from greenhouse agriculture. Between 2017 and 2018, Mexican greenhouse produce acreage increased from 9,083 to 57,454. Greenhouses can increase yield and place heating, cooling, humidity and irrigation under grower control, while providing a barrier against pests. “It’s great technology" said Ricardo Crisantes, chief commercial officer for Wholesum, a Nogales, Arizona-based organic produce vendor. To read more on the packer, click here.

North Central IPM Center Newsletter Now Active

3/14/19: The North Central IPM Center's monthly newsletter, The Central Issue, is now up and running. To get news, articles, and IPM coverage in your inbox every month, subscribe here.

California Bill Introduced to Ban Chlorpyrifos Pesticides

3/8/19: A bill was recently introduced in California to safeguard children from exposure to the highly toxic pesticide, chlorpyrifos. California State Senator, Maria Elena Durazo, introduced “Protect Children from Brain-Damaging Chlorpyrifos Act of 2019” in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to delay action on this toxic pesticide until 2022. Senator Durazo’s bill bans all pesticides containing chlorpyrifos, known to do serious damage to the neurological development of children. Read more on Foodprint.

Biobed Technology Debuts in Canada

3/7/19: Canadian farm managers and agricultural researchers are interested in finding new ways to prevent residual pesticides from entering the environment and contaminating water, and biobeds are showing promise as they make their debut in Canada. Already popular in Europe, where there are more than 3,000 biobeds in use on farms, biobed systems have now been adapted to the Canadian climate. Read more here

EDF Offers New Platform to Support Corporate Sustainability

2/28/19: Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), along with over ten other organizations launched a new crowdsourced web platform, the Supply Chain Solutions Center, to help sustainability professionals mitigate the environmental impact of their supply chains by staying informed on the latest resources to address supply chain impacts. “Our goal is to make finding sustainability solutions as easy as finding a movie on Netflix or a song on Spotify,” said Elizabeth Sturcken, managing director of EDF+Business. “Global supply chains can be massive and opaque, but when every node of the chain has a lighter footprint, the economic and environmental ...