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EPA grant helps New Mexico manage pesticides

Staff writer |
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $261,033 to the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s pesticide program.

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The grant will help fund activities including pesticides enforcement, certification and training, worker protection, proper pesticides containment, and protecting water quality and endangered species.

Pesticides can be used to control insects, weeds, rats and mice, bacteria, mold, and more. EPA regulates pesticides so they are safe when used according to label directions to ensure human health and the environment are protected.

One of EPA’s most important priorities includes protecting agricultural workers who prepare pesticides for use, apply pesticides, or work in areas where pesticides have been applied.

Other priorities include protecting endangered species and pollinators such as bees, and reducing the amount of pesticides that drift away from the application area on wind currents.

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