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Pyrethroids Ecological Risk Assessment (Dr. Stormy Sparks)

All behind the scenes indications are that the comment period for the pyrethroids risk assessment will be extended. However, it appears that this cannot be officially approved and completed under the current Executive Order that limits regulatory activity. The governmental web pages (including EPA’s) that were set up to accept…
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Public Comment on Pyrethroid Insecticides Requested

ALL pyrethroid insecticides (bifenthrin, Warrior/Karate, Mustang Max, Baythroid, Asana, Permethrin, etc.) are currently undergoing registration review at EPA. Nine are specifically being evaluated, but serve as surrogates for all 19 active ingredients. The preliminary evaluation shows that all pyrethroids exceed “Levels of Concern” for exposure to aquatic invertebrates. THIS IS…
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County Agent Training on Vegetables at UGA, Tifton

There is an agent training in Tifton at the Nespal Bldg. on Dec. 6, 2016. The following speakers will be featured: Drs. Gary Hawkins, Bhabesh Dutta, Babu Srinivasan, George Boyhan, Timothy Coolong, Stormy Sparks and Greg Fonsah. Topics including irrigation and water resource updates, insect and disease management, organic production…
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EPA’s proposed revocation of ALL food tolerances for chlorpyrifos was published in the Federal Register on 17 Nov 2016 (by Dr. Stormy Sparks)

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/17/2016-27552/chlorpyrifos-tolerance-revocations-notice-of-data-availability-and-request-for-comment  This initiated a 60 day comment period that ends 17 Jan 2017. They are primarily requesting comments on specific information and procedures used in the new evaluation,  but will accept comments on any aspect of the evaluation. EPA’s summary is included below.  SUMMARY: EPA is announcing and inviting comment…
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Cucurbit Yellow Stunt Disorder Virus detected in Georgia on cucumber and cantaloupe

Cucurbit yellow stunt disorder virus (CYSDV) has recently been confirmed on cucumber and cantaloupe samples in GA. Symptoms: Initial symptom starts with chlorotic (yellow) spotting, which gradually develops into a distinct interveinal chlorosis (yellowing). The veins of the leaf remain green but the rest of the leaf turns bright yellow giving an appearance as…
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