Jewel Bronaugh’s nomination is headed to the Senate floor. The Senate Ag Committee used a voice vote Monday evening to send her nomination to be USDA’s next deputy secretary to the Senate floor after Bronaugh, currently the Virginia ag commissioner, took part in an April hearing.
The Environmental Protection Agency is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to allow continued use of sulfoxaflor while it examines effects on endangered species and develops a more “robust” rationale to support uses of the insecticide.
Citrus growers are pleased but environmental groups are concerned about the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of aldicarb for use on oranges and grapefruit in Florida to combat citrus greening, which has devastated the industry in the state since it was first identified in 2005.
President-elect Joe Biden chooses Michael Regan, head of North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality, to be Environmental Protection Agency administrator and Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico to be Interior Secretary.
Environmental groups and attorneys general from 11 states are opposing EPA’s request to keep the registration of the insecticide sulfoxaflor in place until the agency can comply with Endangered Species Act requirements.
The Environmental Protection Agency is facing more lawsuits over herbicides, including a challenge from grower groups over new dicamba restrictions and a lawsuit from environmental groups over atrazine.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is optimistic that new and greener alternatives are on the way to help farmers to protect their pests. During an Agri-Pulse Open Mic interview, Wheeler didn’t offer specifics on new products or a timeline.
Dicamba applications on soybean and cotton will come with a cutoff date next year and require larger buffer zones to avoid off-target drift, the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday in approving new five-year registrations for the herbicides.