Big Change Starts Small

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Aug 23, 2022

While change can sometimes feel slow, we find we don’t have to look very far to discover great leaders. When federal pesticide policy lags behind, state and local governments show the path forward. Where some agricultural producers have many steps left to take towards being pollinator friendly, others are blazing a trail.

Our summer has been full of working with great individuals who are moving the needle on invertebrate conservation. We’re excited to continue working together!

California Moves Toward Regulating Neonicotinoids in the Absence of Federal Action

Neonicotinoids have gained notoriety for their impacts on pollinators, aquatic invertebrates, and the broader ecosystem. While the science has been clear for quite some time and restrictions have been placed on neonics in other countries, regulators in the United States have been slow to decide whether and how neonics should be used.

In the meantime, some states are taking action. California is inching closer to meaningful restrictions on neonics that could affect their use in both agricultural and non-agricultural areas. While no final decisions have been announced by the state, we anticipate action by California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation and their legislature on these proposals soon. Here is a run-down of the proposals and where they stand.  Learn More

Pollinator-Friendly Pest Management Solutions at Winter Street Farm

At Winter Street Farm, an organic vegetable farm in New Hampshire, owner-operators Abigail Clarke and Jonathan Hayden are setting an excellent example for farming with invertebrates in mind. They carefully rotate their crops, plant multi-species cover crops, transplant most crops for better seedling survival, trap and monitor for problem pests, and even physically vacuum up cucumber beetles!  Read More
Upcoming Events

Xerces’ online short course for soil health and pest management, Farming with Soil Life, returns on August 24. Then on August 25, join Xerces’ Community Engagement team for an exploration of various ways to spread the word about pollinator conservation and how to get your community more involved, in the third webinar of our Bring Back the Pollinator series.

Those near Omaha, NE can join Xerces Director Scott Hoffman Black on September 8 as he shares A Win-Win for Insects: Nature-based climate solutions address both climate change and biodiversity concerns.

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