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May 28, 2015
Pesticide News Story: EPA Takes Strong Steps to Better Protect Bees from Pesticides
To further support President Obama's Federal Pollinator Strategy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing additional restrictions on the use of acutely toxic pesticides during times when bees are most likely to be present. Applications of acutely toxic pesticides would be prohibited when flowers are in bloom when bees are brought to farms for pollination services. While the proposed restrictions focus on managed bees, EPA believes that these measures will also protect native bees and other pollinators that are in and around treatment areas.

May 27, 2015
Clean Water Rule Protects Streams and Wetlands Critical to Public Health, Communities, and Economy
In an historic step for the protection of clean water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule today to clearly protect from pollution and degradation the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation's water resources. The rule ensures that waters protected under the Clean Water Act are more precisely defined and predictably determined, making permitting less costly, easier, and faster for businesses and industry. The rule is grounded in law and the latest science, and is shaped by public input. The rule does not create any new permitting requirements for agriculture and maintains all previous exemptions and exclusions.
For more information, visit: EPA Clean Water Rule

May 22, 2015
EPA Amends Solicitations for Pesticide Safety Cooperative Agreements

EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs has made amendments to two solicitations for applications for cooperative agreements to support pesticide safety. The updated solicitations for National Farmworker Training (EPA-OPP-2015-001) and Funds Distribution Program (FDP) for Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEPs) (EPA-OPP-2015-003) are available on Grants.gov. The due dates have not changed.

May 19, 2015
Pesticide News Story: White House Announces a National Strategy to Promote Pollinator Health
On Tuesday, May 19, the White House announced the National Strategy to Promote Pollinator Health. The strategy released today and its accompanying Pollinator Research Action Plan outline needs and priority actions to better understand pollinator losses, improve pollinator health, and to enhance pollinator habitat.

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