Montana Pesticide Manufacturer Expanding Product Line

LAM International is growing. The company, based out of Butte, Montana, will expand production capacity and creating a new product, BoteGHA, which will control pests like whiteflies, aphids and thrips. It will be used on fruits, nuts, vegetables and other things. LAM International is building out its solid fermentation production. They are streamlining the production process and making it more automated.

In an email to the Montana Standard, a representative from the company said that there may be job openings for operators in the facility.

Their new product is made from fungi called beauverie bassiana GHA. It’s nontoxic and kills pests that land on surfaces, causing germination within the organism’s body and killing them from the inside. The product is safe for handlers as well as the general environment and other organisms. Its restricted entry interval (REI) is four hours.

LAM International manufactures and develops biopesticides and sells them to countries worldwide. It’s one of the most prominent biocide makers in the U.S.A. BoteGHA will be the company’s fifth insecticide.

To stay up to date in the pesticide industry, make sure you are ahead of your education requirements.

The Montana deadline for renewal is December 31st. Certified applicators must earn 12 hours of continuing education per category, and qualifying applicators but earn 6 hours.

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North Carolina State Researcher Finds Link Between Banana Pesticide and Ashtma Diagnosis

North Carolina researcher, Jane Hoppin, has linked pesticide use to asthma diagnoses. Hoppin studied women and children who lived and worked near a 40,000 hectare banana plantation in Costa Rica.

More than 27 ingredients were used on those bananas fields. Which adds up to more than 2,000,000 kilograms of pesticides. She says the pesticide exposure during pregnancy and afterwards affected the respiratory health of the women and children, especially in those with existing allergies.

Her conclusions come after years of research of 350 mothers and children pairs in Matina County, Costa Rica, a region known for banana production. She studied variables like poverty and exposure levels to determine her results. Her contributions are part of the Infantes y Salud Ambiental study in Costa Rica.

Hoppin is an associate professor of biological sciences at North Carolina State University. Her past research has focused on pesticide exposure and human health effects.

She highlighted her results at the North Carolina Society of Toxicology fall meeting in Durham. The meeting fosters communication and collaboration between professionals and researchers. Their mission is to disseminate knowledge about current toxicological issues as well as promote toxicological education.

Education is the cornerstone of professional success in the pesticide industry.

Speaking of which, North Carolina’s continuing education deadline is coming up. You must be finished with your requirements by December 31st. These requirements can be finished online.

North Carolina Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Requirements

Structural Applicators are broken into 3 phases depending on the work performed.

Phase P - Household Pests
Phase W - Wood Destroying Pests
Phase F - Fumigation

Individuals licensed in one phase must complete 10 CCUs including 5 solely applicable to the appropriate phase.
Individuals licensed in two phases must complete 15 CCUs including 5 solely applicable to each appropriate phase.
Individuals licensed in three phases must complete 20 CCUs including 5 solely applicable to each appropriate phase.

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Michigan State Researchers Call for Sustainable Pesticide Use in International Study

A new international study has identified the limits of pesticide resistance.

Researchers from 18 institutions, including Michigan State University, warn that if pesticide resistance goes beyond those limits, society will face major health and agricultural problems. Humans are at a tipping point, and improper, unsustainable use of pesticides could threaten crops everywhere.

The study, published in Nature, addresses how pesticides affect ecosystems. Researchers note that ever since the 1950’s, excessive pesticide applications have hurt ecosystems with lasting impact.

Excess pesticide causes organisms to evolve and develop rapid resistance, making pesticides ineffective, often resulting in increased use of pesticide spray to combat the lack of efficacy. This cycle to some as the "pesticide treadmill” effect.

Pesticides have not lost their chemical efficacy over the years. The pesticides have not changed, but the organisms affected by them, have. The study notes “a general depletion of susceptible [organisms].” This resistance is unlikely to be reversed easily.

Increasing pesticide resistance makes the future of food and fuel less certain. Widespread pesticide resistance would have far-reaching agricultural, as well as economic, effects.

Solution: Responsible, sustainable pesticide use
Current pesticide use is not sustainable and puts our society at risk. The million-dollar question is naturally, “What’s next?”

  • Be specific. When possible, use targeted pesticides to prevent resistance build up and harm in other organisms. This will lessen the chances of hurting an insect or organism that is a predator of your pest. Here’s an example:
    • “Before the mid-1990's, whitefly… was a serious pest of cotton in Arizona when broad-spectrum insecticides that kill natural enemies were used…Replacement of [these] insecticides…enhanced biocontrol of whitefly, thereby reducing its pest status, the need for insecticides and the risk of resistance.
  • Switch it up: relying on a single pesticide builds up organism resistance faster. Researchers say it is “critical” to use multiple control methods
  • Monitor: Watch what you are using and how it’s working. The more you understand the biocides and pesticides you use, the better you can determine how it’s working, and if organisms are developing a resistance
  • Educate yourself. The best defense is knowledge. Stay up to date on the latest in the pesticide industry and do more to help the environment. 

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