Argentina opens grapevine moth emergency control period

The emergency control period for the grapevine moth (Lobesia botrana) has entered into force in Argentina. The Resolution of the Senasa (National Service of Agricultural Health and Quality) No. 555/2018 establishes conditions and obligations…

US EPA proposes two major corn pesticide application changes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding application exclusion zones (AEZ). The EPA proposal would make two major changes for corn growers. Modifying the AEZ so it is only enforceable…

Australia reconsiders 2,4-D approval

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has released the Proposed Regulatory Decisions and Review Technical Report for the reconsideration of 2,4-D herbicide. “We make decisions based on credible scientific…

Brazil Anvisa releases open data plan

This month, Anvisa (National Health Surveillance Agency) presented its Open Data Plan (PDA) for the years 2019 and 2021, in order to allow the society to access, understand and use information, according to the government agency. Anvisa's…

Brazil approves registration of 57 more agrochemicals

The Brazilian government announced the approval of 57 pesticides, including six new active ingredients, 41 generic products, and ten biological and organic pesticides. Among the new agrochemicals, the active ingredient, dinotefuran, stands…

The US EPA is changing how it tests agricultural pesticides

If you ask most consumers whether they want to avoid pesticides in their food, they’ll undoubtedly tell you yes, but few may understand how the government comes to approve these chemicals in the first place. On September 10, the U.S. Environmental…

US organic corn, soybean producers face sharp production declines

Spring weather has taken a toll on U.S. organic commodity producers, evidenced by a significant drop in overall corn and soybean production for 2019, according to a new report from Mercaris, the nation's leading data and trading platform for…

India's Mandate for Agricultural Reform

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party returned to power last May with overwhelming support from across most of India. While his government faces many challenges including a currently faltering economy, the mandate…

US EPA makes paraquat draft risk assessments available for public comment

Yesterday, the US EPA is taking an important step in its regulatory review of paraquat—an herbicide used in agricultural and commercial settings only. The draft risk assessments are the product of an extensive evaluation of available data…