EPA Questions Neonics
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Fri Oct 17, 2014 02:51 PM CDT

DECATUR, Ill. (DTN) -- There's further evidence this week that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is drawing a tougher line on pesticides. On Thursday, the agency released an analysis that found there is little or no benefit to routine use of neonicotinoid seed treatments for insect control in soybeans.

Neonicotinoid pesticides are a class of insecticides widely used on U.S. crops as a preventative measure to control early-season pests that can attack vulnerable seeds and seedlings. A news release from EPA announcing the report indicated that the agency has been reviewing the insecticide with a "particular emphasis on their impact ...

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