EPA Gives the Nod to 10 Pesticides for Use on Hemp

Federal regulators have approved the use of ten pesticides on hemp crops giving hemp farmers a chance to control pests during the 2020 planting season. Hemp cultivation was legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill, and in October, the USDA released guidelines which give farmers across the nation a chance to grow the crop.

On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has approved 10 pesticides to be used on industrial hemp to control insects and pests. The ten pesticides include nine biopesticides and one conventional pesticide. Most of the pesticide products help in controlling insects, bacteria, fungi, and nematodes.

In a public statement, the United States Secretary of Agriculture said that the EPA’s pesticide approval supports hemp farmers’ efforts in growing the crop during the coming growing season.

The U.S. Hemp Roundtable acknowledged that people are excited about hemp because it is a new agricultural product and the EPA’s actions provide farmers with additional tools that will motivate them to join the industry.

It is the responsibility of the EPA to regulate pesticides to ensure that they are environmentally friendly and are safe for plants which are later consumed by people.

Federally, marijuana is still illegal; therefore, the use of pesticides on marijuana crops is unlawful.

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) said that this is the first set of products to be approved by the EPA and provides protection to the U.S. hemp growers.

Many of the approved pesticides are biopesticides made from natural ingredients, and they include:

  • EPA registration number: 70310-5 produced by Agro Logistic Systems. The product has Azadirachtin and neem oil as active ingredients. It can be used to control insects, fungi, and nematodes.
  • EPA registration number: 70310-7, also from Agro Logistic Systems produce it. The active ingredients include Azadirachtin and neem oil. The product can be used as an insecticide, fungicide, miticide, and nematicide.
  • EPA registration number: 70310-8. It is produced by Agro Logistic Systems. The active ingredients include Azadirachtin and neem oil. This product is categorized as an insecticide, miticide, fungicide and nematicide.
  • EPA registration number: 70310-11, also manufactured by Agro Logistic Systems. Its active ingredient is neem oil. The product can control insects, mites and fungi.
  • EPA registration number: 84059-3, manufactured by Marrone Bio Innovations, which operates as Marrone Bio Innovations. The active ingredients include Extract of Reynoutria sachalinensis. The product is a fungicide and fungistat.
  • EPA registration number: 84059-28. Marrone Bio Innovations produce it. The active ingredient is Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain F727. It is used to control fungi.
  • EPA registration number: 91865-1, manufactured by Hawthorne Hydroponics, operating as General Hydroponics. The active ingredients compose of Soybean oil, garlic oil, and Capsicum Oleoresin extract. Product Type: Insecticide and repellent.
  • EPA registration number: 91865-3. It is also produced by Hawthorne Hydroponics, operating as General Hydroponics. The active ingredients include Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain D747. The product is used to control Fungi and bacteria.
  • EPA registration number: 91865-4 is another from Hawthorne Hydroponics, operating as General Hydroponics. Active ingredient: Azadirachtin. The product is used for regulating Insect growth and as a repellent.

The registered conventional product is made from chemical compounds, and it is:

  • EPA registration number: 91865-2. Manufactured by Hawthorne Hydroponics, which operates as General Hydroponics. The active ingredients include Potassium salts of fatty acids. Product Type: Insecticide, fungicide and miticide.

The approval of these pesticides is likely to be good news to sector players like LiveWire Ergogenics Inc. (OTC: LVVV) and Neutra Corp. Inc. (OTC: NTRR) who may have been hearing lots of complaints from farmers regarding the pest challenges they face.

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