EPA Action on Sulfoxaflor

This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) re-registered the insecticide sulfoxaflor for use on wheat, barley, canola, beans, and a variety of other grains and vegetables. EPA vacated the previous registrations in November 2015, due to a ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that the EPA did not have sufficient evidence to prove the chemical didn't pose risks to bees.

EPA has now taken action to unconditionally register sulfoxaflor for crops that do not bloom and are not attractive to pollinators. For crops that attract bees, application is restricted to post-bloom and is not allowed on crops grown for seed. EPA stated that after reviewing data and an amended application by Dow AgroSciences, they determined that sulfoxaflor is safe for use, as required under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).