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Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:47 AM CST

DECATUR, Ill. (DTN) -- A honeybee sends out an alarm pheromone to the rest of the hive when it stings an intruder. As a beekeeper, I know more attacks are likely if one of my worker bees gets threatened and draws her weapon.

It seemed a metaphor in the making for agriculture when the EPA released a preliminary risk assessment earlier this month regarding the use of imidacloprid, one of the popular neonicotinoid insecticides.

While the assessment wasn't a sweeping indictment of the product, it established a threshold (25 parts per billion) and concluded that imidacloprid residues in pollen or ...

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