The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week it was ordering pesticide makers to update some product labels by Sept. 30 to prohibit the use of neonicotinoid pesticides that could affect bee colonies. The new labels will feature a bee advisory box and icon with information on routes of exposure and spray drift precautions. EPA has been considering actions related to pollinator health for some time and notified companies in July that new label language was being developed. NAWG and other ag groups have urged that any new regulations on neonicotinoids be mindful of farmers’ continued need for access to the crop protection products. More about the new label requirements is at