Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report on the “Benefits of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments to Soybean Production” concluding that “these seed treatments provide little or no overall benefits to soybean production in most situations.” Upon release of the report, a 60-day comment period was opened which concludes on December 22.
So far, the comment website reports just over 100 comments with the majority of those posted supporting the use of neonicontinoid seed treatments and asking EPA to review the data used to compile the report. Industry advocates for the use of neonics have created a website offering information and encouraging growers who use this important class of insecticides to make their voices heard.
AgVoice4Choice.com urges the agricultural community to ACT now –
Advocate for growers to have choices in production practices
Communicate the benefits of pest management
Tell EPA to review new information on seed treatments
A new study conducted by Ag Infomatics provides objective evidence of the benefits these products bring to modern pest management systems, which industry advocates can use to help make their case.