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As Zika Spreads, New Scrutiny on Aerial Pesticide Spraying

As the Zika virus outbreak spreads, environmental groups and federal officials are increasing their scrutiny of the practice of aerial insecticide spraying to combat the mosquitoes that spread the disease.

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Moving Baled Hay From Areas Under Quarantine for Imported Fire Ant

‘Moving Baled Hay From Areas Under Quarantine for Imported Fire Ant’ is the title of a new factsheet issued by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) which contains “… useful information for farmers, ranchers, hay growers, and suppliers, especially those who are responding to recent wildfires in[…]

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The number of U.S. honeybees, a critical component to agricultural production, rose in 2017 from a year earlier, and deaths of the insects attributed to a mysterious malady that’s affected hives in North America and Europe declined, according a U.S. Department of Agriculture honeybee health survey released.   Read more

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