Neonic Divide
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Thu Feb 12, 2015 07:06 AM CST

ST. LOUIS (DTN) -- The agricultural community is increasingly fractured over the need for neonicotinoids, just as EPA delves into a re-registration review of the chemicals.

In late December, a group of 18 Extension and land-grant university entomologists signed a letter to EPA strongly supporting the agency's recent report concluding that neonicotinoid use in soybean seed treatments is unnecessary and overused.

"[The report] is an affirmation of what we've been seeing and what our research shows," explained Pennsylvania State University entomologist John Tooker, who was among the letter's signees. Together, Tooker and the other signees represented 13 states covering the ...

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