Ag News: Deadline for Chlorpyrifos and Meth Found in Strawberries
**This is the busiest time of year for beekeepers who breed and sell queen bees to help replenish honeybee colonies, and the breeders say the drought may lead to additional demand.
Dry weather reduces the amount of forage available to bees, meaning beekeepers could need to buy more queens to restock hives.
Bee breeders say demand for new queens has been so intense that they have had to turn away prospective customers.
**U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the south Texas border crossing at the Pharr International Bridge intercepted drugs in a strawberry shipment on Thursday.
www.thepacker.com reports, officers referred a tractor-trailer hauling a commercial shipment of fresh strawberries for further inspection and found 177 packages of alleged methamphetamine hidden in the strawberry boxes.
The bundles of narcotics weighed 411 pounds and are valued
at $8.2 million.
**After blasting the EPA for “13 years of interminable delay,” the federal appeals court in San Francisco set a 60-day deadline for the agency to either ban agricultural use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos or set newer and safer exposure levels for the chemical.
The dissenter in the 2-1 decision, according to www.agriculture.com, said the short time frame “virtually guarantees” a ban.
First marketed in 1965, chlorpyrifos has been linked to learning disorders and can cause nausea, dizziness, and confusion.