The National Association of Wheat Growers, along with other agricultural groups, is concerned that new regulations on certain insecticides, known as neonicotinoids, could have a negative impact on U.S. farmers.
A bill introduced last week by Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) would suspend the use of the products, some of the most commonly used insecticides in the United States, over fears about their impacts on honey bees.
Additionally, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has notified the pesticide industry they are developing new label language that will apply to all neonicotinoid products registered for outdoor sites, regardless of formulation or intended user.
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NAWG and other agriculture groups, including pesticide makers, understand the importance of pollinators to ag production and also have serious concerns about how labeling changes or new laws will impact the ability of farmers to use neonicotinoids.
More about the issue is available from CropLife America at http://www.croplifeamerica.org/pesticide-issues/protecting-our-pollinators.