Tag Archives: Pesticides

Act Locally: Monitoring use of pesticides in our Valley (Part 2)

What’s the point? Non-point! Walk, bike, or drive through Ashland’s outskirts, and you might notice cattail ditches skirting the road’s edges, plus the occasional sign reading; “NO SPRAY.” These cattail-lined roads are the jurisdiction of Jackson County (as opposed to the city or the state). The signs are there to remind county workers that the […]
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Toxic pesticides found at most illegal California pot farms

Investigators suspect some illegal grows are now being moved into agricultural areas where they blend in alongside legitimate marijuana and other crops. Nine of every 10 illegal marijuana farms raided in California this year contained traces of powerful and potentially lethal pesticides that are poisoning wildlife and could endanger water supplies, researchers and federal authorities […]
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Act Locally: Monitoring the use of chemical pesticides in our Valley (Part 1)

Having considered spurious on-line accusations regarding Jackson County Vector Control’s use of insecticides along the Talent Irrigation District (TID) ditches in the last installment of Act Locally, I now set out to identify who I had previously witnessed spraying some chemical along the Ashland TID. The short answer turns out to be that the culprit […]
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Pesticide ruling impacts local ag producers

A ban re-imposed by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on a commonly used pesticide that can be used on a wide variety of crops may have an impact on crops and pest control in the Treasure Valley. The federal court, in a 2-1 decision issued Thursday, ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to stop […]
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Harmful Pesticide Ban Ordered By US Appeals Court

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a decision to allow the use of a a pesticide that can cause brain damage in children. A federal court has reversed a decision to allow the use of a a pesticide that can cause brain damage in children. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found Thursday […]
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Popular farm pesticide banned by court

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Trump administration Thursday to ban widely used farm pesticide chlorpyrifos. Environmentalists said the chemical causes brain damage in children. In a rebuke to the Trump administration, an appeals court Thursday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to ban a widely used farm pesticide that environmentalists say can damage […]
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Environmental groups blast ODOT, Forest Service over pesticide error

Weedkiller that killed trees near Sisters should never have been applied, they say. After an improperly applied herbicide killed hundreds of ponderosa pine trees near Sisters, a number of environmental advocates are arguing that the Oregon Department of Transportation, or its contractors, should have known better than to apply the weedkiller in the first place. […]
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California, US team up on an issue that divides them: pot

An alarming increase in the use of a highly toxic and banned pesticide at illegal marijuanafarms hidden on public land in California is leading U.S. and state officials to team up on an issue that recently divided them: pot. They announced Tuesday that they will use $2.5 million in federal money to target illegal grows even […]
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Study: Deadly pesticide use increases at illegal pot farms

Researchers found the highly toxic pesticide Carbofuran at 72 percent of grow sites last year. Researchers and federal authorities are finding what they say is an alarming increase in the use of a powerful pesticide at illegal marijuana farms hidden on public land in California. The pesticide residue is showing up in about 30 percent […]
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EU To ‘Completely Ban’ Outdoor Use Of Pesticides Blamed For Devastating Bees

Citing concerns for food production, the environment and biodiversity, the European Union is set to “completely ban” the outdoor use of neonicotinoid insecticides that have been blamed for killing bees, and for keeping other bees from laying eggs. “All outdoor use of the three substances will be banned and the neonicotinoids in question will only be […]
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