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Without neonics, invasive pests would devastate T&O industry

Growing Matters is releasing two new case studies on the effectiveness of neonicotinoids on pest management.  The first is about the invasive silverleaf whitefly in ornamentals.  Neonics are a critical tool in controlling this insect that has had devastating effects, including costing growers hundreds of millions of dollars in losses in a single season.  The second is on the impact of the chinch bug in the turfgrass and lawn care industry.

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Bayer opens Weed Resistance Competence Center in Germany

Herbicide-resistant weeds are a growing global problem. The official opening of Bayer CropScience’s Weed Resistance Competence Center (WRCC) in Frankfurt on 19 November is a major step forward in tackling weed resistance, as it will develop new weed control strategies, and share knowledge within the global community of farmers, agronomists and scientists.

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NTSB announces that drones are subject to FAA rules

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a much-awaited decision Tuesday that will surely be a disappointment to many drone enthusiasts, ruling that FAA rules that apply to manned aircraft apply to unmanned aircraft or drones, reports Forbes.com contributor John Goglia.

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First sale of carbon credits from ranch grasslands completed

A U.S. Department of Agriculture grant has helped initiate a partnership that is improving the environment, creating a market for carbon credits generated on working grasslands, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, recently purchased almost 40,000 carbon dioxide reduction tons generated on working ranch grasslands in the Prairie Pothole region of North Dakota.

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