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The problem of forming agricultural polices on Internet trends

Industry and government must adjust to new findings, but policies should not 
be based on the latest Internet trend

By Cam Dahl
Published: January 25, 2016

What does “science based” mean? For both government policy and industry best practice, science based should mean that practices are based on rigorous scientific studies. Policies and regulations that veer off the science-based path put at risk the tools that make modern agriculture possible. So do production practices that do not rigorously follow scientifically developed guidelines.

But scientific review can sometimes be messy. Scientific consensus can shift and the “right” answer can change over time as new information becomes available. New research can disprove past points of view that were once thought to be valid.

What does this mean for policy-makers and the development of industry best management practices? Practically, this means that both industry and government must be willing to adjust practices and policies when new evidence comes to light.

New evidence
For example, frequent summerfallow was once the common practice on the North American prairies. This practice has adjusted as new research and agriculture tools became available. The willingness of farmers to adapt has benefited the environment and improved economic returns.

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A new threat to bees? Entomopathogenic nematodes used in biological pest control cause rapid mortality in Bombus terrestris [PeerJ]

Luke | Assessing the effects of neonicotinoids on honeybees in Finland

Jointly conducted by MTT Agrifood Research Finland and the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, the Neomehi project is studying how neonicotinoid-based insecticides used in the cultivation of spring oilseed rape and spring turnip rape plants affect honey bees (Apis mellifera). Based on the first test results, the researchers believe that the use of neonicotinoids may not cause acute harm to bees.
Launched in spring 2013 by MTT Agrifood Research Finland and the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, the Neomehi project is studying the effects on honey bees of neonicotinoids used in oilseed cultivation.

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Quebec Pesticide Strategy 2015 |INSPQ | MDDELCC | Devised a pesticide risk indicator based on chemical properties

More Pesticide Free Failures | Connecticut |Mystic River Press | Mystic, CT | Grubs, dry fall force Wheeler soccer games off home field

Published: October 7, 2014 | Last Modified: October 8, 2014 07:32AMNORTH STONINGTON — Wheeler High will not be playing any more home soccer game this season due to a grub infestation and a dry autumn.“A grub infestation combined with extremely dry conditions has left our field in rough shape,” Wheeler Principal Kristen St. Germain wrote in a Friday letter to parents and guardians. “In an effort to begin a field restoration as quickly as possible, we will be moving all soccer games, both boys and girls, to other fields for the remainder of the season.”North Stonington Superintendent Peter Nero was grateful to Stonington and Ledyard for allowing the use of their fields.In 2010, the Connecticut legislature passed a law banning the use of pesticides on fields used by students in grades K-8. Students in some of those grades use the field.The Wheeler girls’ game against Griswold on Wednesday will be played at Dodd Stadium in Norwich; the Oct. 13 game with Old Saybrook is at Ledyard as is the Oct. 17 contest against Windham. The game with Lyman Memorial will be played on Oct. 15 at Stonington.For the boys, Wednesday’s game with Tourtelotte has been moved to Dodd Stadium. And the Oct. 13 game with Parish Hill will be played at Ledyard.— Keith Kimberlin

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