Oregon Department Of Agriculture Restricts Use Of Pesticide Products

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is restricting the use of 18 pesticide products containing the active ingredient dinotefuran while it continues the investigation of a large kill of bumblebees in Wilsonville, OR, and Hillsboro, OR, in June. By adopting a temporary rule, ODA is taking action, in an abundance of caution, to avoid the potential of similar large bee kills this summer due to specific pesticide applications.

According to the Oregonian, more than 50,000 bumblebees were found dead in a large retailer’s parking lot in Hillsboro, OR, and a few hundred bees were found dead below a tree in Wilsonville, OR.

“I have directed the agency to take this step in an effort to minimize any potential for additional incidents involving bee deaths connected to pesticide products with this active ingredient until such time as our investigation is completed and we have more information,” says ODA Director Katy Coba. “Conclusions from the investigation will help us and our partners evaluate whether additional steps need to be considered.”

The ODA restriction focuses on ornamental, turf, and agricultural pesticide products that are used by both professional applicators and homeowners. Products with the active ingredient dinotefuran registered in Oregon for other uses, such as flea and tick control on pets or home ant and roach control, are not affected by the restriction. ODA’s concern is focused on those uses that may impact pollinators.

By statute, ODA has legal authority to establish limitations and procedures deemed necessary and proper for the protection of bees and other pollinating insects. The temporary rule, which goes into effect immediately, will be enforced for 180 days, by which time ODA is expected to complete its pesticide use investigations of the Wilsonville and Hillsboro incidents.

Those investigations will determine if the pesticide applications were in violation of state and federal pesticide regulations, and will assist ODA in addressing any potential future actions. ODA’s Pesticide Program has established a website with more information on the dinotefuran restriction, including a list of specific products affected as well as instructions for those who may have purchased these products, click here.

Topics: , ,

Leave a Reply

One comment on “Oregon Department Of Agriculture Restricts Use Of Pesticide Products

  1. Actually, the 50,000 dead bees were in a retailer's parking lot in Wilsonville, OR and the smaller number in Hillsboro. You have the locations reversed. The trees in Wilsonville were netted to prevent further contact.

Crop Protection Stories
EGVM
Grapes
August 19, 2016
European Grapevine Moth Eradicated From California
Agricultural officials confirm eradication of invasive pest, lift quarantine restrictions. Read More
(Photo credit: David Eddy)
Harvesting
August 16, 2016
Proper Stockpiling Can Maintain Almond Quality
As almond yields increase, growers may find themselves with more harvested crop than processors can handle. Proper stockpiling techniques can Read More
A new Washington State University finds that in the real world, neoniotinoids pose no practical threat to honeybees. (Photo credit: Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities)
Crop Protection
August 15, 2016
New Study Shows Neonicotinoids Pose Little Practical Risk To Bees
Washington State University researchers reveal the controversial pesticides aren’t dangerous for bees in the real world. Read More
Photo credit: Wikimedia commons
Crop Protection
August 14, 2016
Improving Drought Resilience And Reducing Nutrient Loss Are Focus Of The Soil Health Institute
Soil health experts gain ground on standardized measurements and identify future research needs. Read More
Mosquito illustration from Florida Department of Health video
Citrus
August 10, 2016
Protect Yourself From The Zika Virus [Opinion]
The University of Florida is on the front lines of the battle against mosquito-borne diseases. Read More
Black rot in cabbage
Crop Protection
August 10, 2016
How To Manage Downy Mildew In Cole Crops
Learn symptoms, causal agents, and control measures for this disease. Read More
Algal bloom overtaking mangroves near Stuart, FL
Citrus
August 9, 2016
Florida Farmers Need Not Sink Amid Algal Bloom Stink [Opinion]
In the wake of an algal bloom disaster, growers need to be prepared, proactive, and farm smart. There is much at stake. Read More
The Latest
Crop Protection
August 25, 2016
Better Biocontrol Options Becoming Avail…
New bio-based solutions to effectively control weeds and pests are cropping up. Read More
Crop Protection
August 15, 2016
New Study Shows Neonicotinoids Pose Litt…
Washington State University researchers reveal the controversial pesticides aren’t dangerous for bees in the real world. Read More
Crop Protection
August 14, 2016
Improving Drought Resilience And Reducin…
Soil health experts gain ground on standardized measurements and identify future research needs. Read More
Crop Protection
August 10, 2016
How To Manage Downy Mildew In Cole Crops
Learn symptoms, causal agents, and control measures for this disease. Read More
Crop Protection
August 5, 2016
How To Control Allium Leafminer, A New I…
First spotted in Pennsylvania in December 2015, the pest has targeted onion, leeks, chives, garlic, and other allium species. Read More
Crop Protection
August 5, 2016
Grants Totaling $36.5 Million Awarded fo…
The funded projects address research and Extension needs that span the spectrum of specialty crop production. Read More
Crop Protection
August 4, 2016
Cover Crops Are Critical To Keeping Soil…
Cover crops are now far more prescriptive; they are not just a good idea with some minor erosion control benefits. Read More
Crop Protection
August 2, 2016
New Technology Reduces Transplant Shock …
Product from AgroFresh Solutions is designed to help with faster crop establishment. Read More
Berries
July 27, 2016
Bird Damage Plagues Most Fruit Growers
There’s no silver bullet, but here are several techniques to annoy and deter birds. Read More
Citrus
July 27, 2016
Stockholders OK Dow, DuPont Merger
Companies intend to separate into three, independent companies. Read More
Crop Protection
July 25, 2016
Study: GMO Ban Would Hurt Economy And En…
Food prices and greenhouse gas emissions would rise, according to paper by Purdue University agricultural economist. Read More
Crop Protection
July 25, 2016
Organic Insect Control Product Available…
The mycoinsecticide is EPA registered and controls a variety of insect pests. Read More
Crop Protection
July 18, 2016
Early Infection Of Downy Mildew Confirme…
The pathogen has been confirmed in Michigan cucumbers in Bay County for the 2016 season. Read More
Crop Protection
July 18, 2016
Potato Growers: Be On The Lookout For Ne…
Standard measures have been typically less effective against new strains. Read More
Citrus
July 18, 2016
Bayer Ups Bid To Buy Monsanto
Reports indicate new offer at nearly $65 billion. Read More
Crop Protection
July 13, 2016
Dickeya: A New Potato Disease
The disease caused big losses last year; growers need to check fields for symptoms. Read More
Crop Protection
July 8, 2016
Public Policy Decisions And The Influenc…
EPA needs to get back to using solid science and avoid bending to popular opinion. Read More
Crop Protection
July 6, 2016
Abiotic Issues Affect Vegetable Producti…
Although most issues you face are biotic, abiotic issues can greatly impact vegetable crop yield and quality. Read More
[gravityform id="62" title="false" description="false"]