This week has been National Pollinator Week, as designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior. And stakeholders in the cotton industry, along with beekeepers and researchers from several state universities, met with representatives from the EPA and USDA to start the conversation on how to develop and adopt more appropriate steps for assessing pesticides and their risk to pollinators. Neil Anderson, chief of the EPA’s Risk Management and Implementation Branch, said this meeting was extremely important.
National Pollinator Week was started 10 years ago to address the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations.
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