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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 13, 2009

NORTHEY HIGHLIGHTS CHANGES BY EPA REGARDING USE OF CARBOFURAN, ENCOURAGES FARMERS TO UNDERSTAND IMPACT OF THE ACTION

Contact: Dustin Vande Hoef
515-281-3375 or 515/326-1616 (cell)

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today encouraged farmers to understand the impact of a recent announcement by EPA that will revoke the tolerance for any level of the insecticide carbofuran in corn or any other crop, which essentially bars it from being used.

Carbofuran is not widely used, but when it is used in Iowa it is primarily on corn under then name Furadan. One use is to treat corn rootworm on refuge acres.

“It is vital that farmers understand what these actions by EPA mean and the potential impact on their ability to market crops treated with these products,” Northey said.

Specifically, the EPA’s actions prohibit crops that contain even trace residues of carbofuran from being used after Dec. 31, unless it can be proven that the crop was treated before that date. EPA is also in the process of canceling the remaining carbofuran registrations that permit its use. It is unique that EPA revoked tolerances for a pesticide before revoking its registration.

Carbofuran is a restricted use, broad spectrum insecticide and nematicide used to control soil and leaf pests on a small percentage of field, fruit, and vegetable crops. The pesticide was first registered in the United States in 1969.

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