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Wild Bee Populations Are out of Sync With Crop Needs

A new study of wild bees identifies 139 counties in key agricultural regions of California, the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, west Texas and the Mississippi River valley that face a worrisome mismatch between falling wild bee supply and rising crop pollination demand. Read more

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Food Safety Modernization Act Creeping Forward

FSMA is the largest overhaul in food safety regulations in more than 70 years, and some delays were forced as agricultural stakeholders fought for more practical, flexible, and effective interpretations of the law. Read more

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It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again for EPA’s Pesticide Program

On Feb. 2, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit finally decided a lawsuit challenging EPA’s decisions during re-registration for failure to consult under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) about pesticide products containing 31 different active ingredients. Although the Ninth Circuit upheld the District Court’s dismissal of most[…]

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Trump’s New EPA Head Woos Skeptical Staff with a New Mission

President Donald Trump’s newly installed environmental chief Scott Pruitt laid out his vision for reshaping the way the federal government safeguards air and water, as he tried to convince skeptical federal employees that a refashioned agency can remain effective. Pruitt addressed the Environmental Protection Agency’s workforce—including hundreds who had actively battled[…]

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