NEWS

Syngenta Scholarships in Potato and Almond-Growing Areas
Syngenta is sponsoring the inaugural Syngenta Potato Scholarship program and the Syngenta Almond Scholarship program. Applications are currently being accepted, and the scholarships are open to high school seniors and college students (excluding seniors) interested in pursuing a career in agriculture. The potato-growing scholarship is available to those who currently reside or attend school in one of the following states: Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington or Wisconsin. The almond scholarship is available those who currently reside or attend school in California and are involved in the almond-growing industry.

The $5,000 scholarship opportunities are available to students involved in the related industries who meet one of these requirements: 1) High school senior interested in agriculture and/or involved in 4-H or FFA; or 2) College freshman, sophomore or junior majoring (or intending to major) in an agriculture-related field.

Applications must include name, address, phone number, e-mail, school/college, major/intended major, agriculture involvement, verification of the applicant’s involvement/previous involvement in 4-H or FFA, declaration of involvement in the industry and an essay that does not exceed 350 words.

Applications must be submitted by September 15, 2010, and can be sent to Meredith Brown, Gibbs & Soell Public Relations, 8521 Six Forks Road, Suite 300, Raleigh, NC 27615. For additional information and the ability to apply for the scholarships online, visit www.SyngentaPotatoScholarship.com or www.SyngentaAlmondScholarship.com.

TOPGUARD Fungicide Receives State Registrations for Apple-Producing States
Cheminova, Inc. announced that its TOPGUARD systemic fungicide, which offers control of powdery mildew and other apple diseases, received EPA registration and now has state registrations for most apple-producing states.

Flutriafol, the active ingredient in TOPGUARD, has been used extensively in other countries for several years.

For a complete list of approved states, see www.cheminova.us.com.

Updates from EPA
The U.S. EPA is taking action to end all uses of the insecticide endosulfan in the United States. EPA believes that endosulfan, which is used on vegetables, fruits, and cotton, can pose unacceptable neurological and reproductive risks to farm workers and wildlife and can persist in the environment. New data generated in response to the agency’s 2002 decision have shown that risks faced by workers are greater than previously known. EPA also finds that there are risks above the agency’s level of concern to aquatic and terrestrial wildlife, as well as to birds and mammals that consume aquatic prey which have ingested endosulfan. Farm workers can be exposed to endosulfan through inhalation and contact with the skin. Endosulfan is used on a very small percentage of the U.S. food supply and does not present a risk to human health from dietary exposure.

Makhteshim Agan of North America, the manufacturer of endosulfan, is in discussions with EPA to voluntarily terminate all endosulfan uses. EPA is currently working out the details of the decision that will eliminate all endosulfan uses, while incorporating consideration of the needs for growers to timely move to lower-risk pest control practices.

Endosulfan, an organochlorine insecticide first registered in the 1950s, also is used on ornamental shrubs, trees, and herbaceous plants. It has no residential uses.

For more information, visit www.epa.gov/pesticides/reregistration/endosulfan/endosulfan-cancl-fs.html.

EPA is also proposing a one-year extension to the compliance date for pesticide storage and disposal label statements, from August 16, 2010, to August 16, 2011. The main drivers for this proposed extension are that more products than anticipated needed alternative language for container-related instructions, requiring more review and implementation time; and registrants and registrant associations expressed concerns about being able to have all labels changed by the revised label compliance date of August 16, 2010.

While the majority of label changes have already been submitted and approved, there could still be several thousand labels remaining to be submitted and reviewed.

Concurrent with the proposed one-year extension, a final rule will also be issued to extend the current compliance date by four months. There is not enough time for EPA to complete the full notice and comment procedures for the one-year extension by the impending compliance date of August 16, 2010. The four-month extension will allow time for public participation processes to take place for the proposed extension.

For more information, see www.epa.gov/opp00001/regulating/containers.htm.

Gowan Acquires Crop Protection Marketing Rights for Confirm 2F Insecticide
Gowan Co., LLC has been granted the U.S. crop protection marketing rights for Confirm 2F Insecticide by Nippon Soda Co. Ltd. Nippon acquired the brand and its active ingredient–tebufenozide–from Dow AgroSciences. As part of this agreement, Dow AgroSciences will sell out existing inventory prior to the Gowan distribution date.

Confirm controls a broad spectrum of external lepidopteran pests across a wide range of crops, including sugarcane, caneberries, cranberries, bushberries, vegetables, nut crops and tree fruit. Key pests controlled by Confirm include sugarcane borer, Mexican rice borer, oblique banded leaf roller, armyworm, cranberry fruitworm, fireworm, peach twig borer, codling moth and tomato hornworm.

For more information, visit www.gowanco.com.