Last Recorded Action: House 1/23/2018 – Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

Location: House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

Subject: Agriculture; pesticides; pollinator protection; neonicotinoid pesticides

Statement of purpose of bill: This bill proposes to regulate the sale and application of neonicotinoid pesticides in order to protect pollinator populations. The bill requires the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets to register as a restricted use pesticide any neonicotinoid pesticide that is  distributed, sold, or offered for sale in the State. The bill prohibits a person from selling a neonicotinoid pesticide at retail unless the person has a pesticide dealer license and the pesticide is sold to a person with a Class A applicator license. The bill allows neonicotinoid pesticides to be used only for farming. The bill requires the Secretary to recommend treated article seeds that are appropriate for the control of the specific pests that threaten Vermont crops. The bill requires a person using a treated article seed to report the amount of seed used and the location of use. The bill increases pesticide registration fees. The bill increases pesticide registration fees. The fees would be deposited in a fund to compensate persons whose pollinators or crops are damaged by application of a neonicotinoid pesticide or  treated article seed. The bill requires the Secretary to establish an Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management Program by contracting with a university with  agricultural expertise.

(of waterbody concern – neonicintinoids pesticides as a group are being extensively studied and are of great concern from the perspective of toxicity to pollinators in the terrestrial environment and have a persistent wider environmental impact happening when contaminated soil erosion run-off drains into ditches to move through watersheds to then contaminate our waterways where the chemicals affect aquatic invertebrates, amphibians and fish.)

Read the bill as introduced (19 pages)

See the bill detailed status

Of interest: Read last years, Feb 2017, Vermont’s Pollinator Protection Committee Report

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