Do You Use Neonicotinoids And Systemic Insecticides? [Survey]

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Time is running out to complete the survey regarding our industry’s use of systemic insecticides and neonicotinoids, in particular. Please take this 15-minute survey.

With the recent public attention on the horticultural industry’s use of insecticides, especially neonicotinoids, we are often asked about the economic impact of these chemicals. Unfortunately, we rarely have numeric evidence to share but instead describe their utility in addressing some of our greatest pest challenges, particularly in the case of invasive insects. However, specific values and impact are important to the conversation and will play a vital role as regulations evolve around this issue.

To help answer some of the impact questions, AgInfomatics – an independent research firm contracted by some of the registrant companies – has developed a survey regarding the importance and value of insecticides, with an emphasis on neonicotinoids. The information garnered from the survey will provide greater insight into our industry’s use of insecticides and help inform us about the role neonicotinoids have in controlling insect pests.

We encourage you to take part in the 14-question survey that is estimated to take less than 15 minutes to complete. Your answers will remain confidential. Only statistical analyses and summaries will be made public.

On AgInfomatics

AgInfomatics is an agricultural consulting firm established in 1995 by professors from the University of Wisconsin and Washington State University. The firm has been retained by Bayer CropScience, Mitsui Chemicals Agro, Syngenta Crop Protection and Valent U.S.A. Corp. to develop a comprehensive, science-based analysis of the economic and societal benefits of neonicotinoid insecticides in the specialty crop market.

Source: AmericanHort’s Washington Impact eNewsletter

Dr. Joe Bischoff is the Regulatory & Legislative Affairs Director at the American Horticultural Industry Association (AmericanHort), focusing on policy and regulatory matters affecting the industry, including international trade and supply, phytosanitary research and regulations, Farm Bill legislation and implementation and pesticide policy.
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