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Syngenta Announces New Insecticide Ingredient

Regulatory submission planned for late 2022 in the U.S. and Canada

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Syngenta recently announced the global launch of spiropidion, an innovative new insecticide active ingredient. The technology will help farmers protect a broad range of crops against damaging and difficult-to-control sucking pests in a targeted, effective and environmentally sustainable manner.

In North America, Syngenta has entered into an agreement with Gowan Company L.L.C., a family-owned agricultural solutions business headquartered in Yuma, Arizona. Gowan has been granted an exclusive license to market and sell a patented spiropidion 300 SC formulation in the United States and Canada.

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Joint News Release: Four Seed Organizations Vote to Proceed with Seeds Canada Amalgamation

Four seed sector organizations have all voted in favour of amalgamation to become one new, national organization. Seeds Canada will become a reality on February 1, 2021.

The four amalgamating organizations are the Canadian Plant Technology Agency (CPTA); the Commercial Seed Analysts Association of Canada (CSAAC); the Canadian Seed Institute (CSI); and the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA). The vision for Seeds Canada is to become the leading voice of the Canadian seed sector, helping our members succeed and grow in Canada and around the world.

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New House Agriculture Committee Leaders Share Priorities

Agri-Pulse interviewed incoming House Agriculture Committee leaders this week, asking both Rep. David Scott (D-GA) and Glenn “G.T.” Thompson (R-PA) what priorities they would like to accomplish during their tenure. 

Rep. Scott began by noting that climate change “has got to be our top priority in this committee.”

“Carbon sequestration, no-till farming, all of these things we’ve got to be able to have” as part of the discussion, Rep. Scott said. “We’re going to have to bring that climate change issue away from all of this politicization … it is our farmers that are suffering.”

Rep. Thompson also brought up climate change as a top priority of his, but one that he’ll approach from the perspective of getting agricultural practices the recognition he feels they’re due. He said he wants to avoid overregulation that can be "punishing" to farms. He believes that grazing, responsible forest management, and other carbon-sequestering technologies that can come from agriculture need to be considered as part of the solution to the issue.

In the Georgia state Senate, Rep. Scott said he gained the reputation as a “members' chairman” for his style of soliciting member feedback before taking concrete action on a bill. “I want to make sure that I can articulate the ambitions and interest of the members of the committee,” he said.

Rep. Thompson summarized his goals as, “When we get the policy right on agriculture and for rural America, what that means is that every American family — including those in very large cities — won’t wake up in the cold, dark, and hungry.” 

EPA Proposes Changes in Chlorpyrifos Regulation

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the use of the pesticide Chlorpyrifos for some purposes in a proposed interim decision and associated risk assessments, which are open to public comment for 60 days.

Specifically, EPA is proposing: label amendments limiting application to address potential drinking water risks of concern; additional personal protection equipment and application restrictions to address potential occupational handler risks of concern; and spray drift mitigation, in combination with the use limitations and application restrictions identified to address drinking water and occupational risks, to reduce exposure to non-target organisms.

EPA will also consider the input and recommendations from the September 2020 FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) meeting once it releases its report in December 2020. Depending on the SAP’s conclusions, EPA may further revise the human health risk assessment. After a thorough review of the best available science and carefully considering scientific peer review and public comments, EPA will then determine next steps in the registration review process for chlorpyrifos.

Drone Advisory Committee Legislation Moves Forward

The Senate passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), John Thune (R-SD) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) to ensure the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s chief drone policy committee includes representation for agriculture, forestry, local governments and rural America. 

Since it was first announced in 2016, the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) has never included a representative from the agriculture or forestry sector and no representatives from county or tribal governments have been selected to the policy board.  

The House is expected to pass the bill during votes late Thursday evening, sending the bill to the President’s desk for final signature into law on Friday morning.  

EPA Seeks Comment on New Herbicide 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a proposed registration for trifludimoxazin, a new herbicide developed by BASF.

The agency is asking for comments until Jan. 11 on the proposed registration. “Because of the unique way that trifludimoxazin binds to the PPO enzyme, it presents a new tool for weed control of waterhemp and palmer amaranth in agricultural field crops such as corn and soybean where PPO-inhibitor-resistant weeds are present,” EPA’s proposed registration says.

EPA said there are no human health concerns associated with the chemical, but that to address the risk of ecological damage, proposed label instructions would require a medium to ultra-coarse spray nozzle to reduce spray drift.

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