Background

US and Canadian regulators began to look at the fugitive dust exhaust from air planters when planting seed treated with insecticide after an incident in European resulted in mass bee fatality.

Status

Regulators explored the possibility of recommending producers use certain planter brands over others in addition to studying the feasibility of mandating the retrofitting of existing planting systems to exhaust downward.

Industry fought these efforts while taking proactive steps to mitigate the small impact air planters have on pollinator health by testing new flouncy agents to replace talc and graphite and establishing an ISO standard to control fugitive dust from future planting systems.

Position

AEM believes our industry’s voluntary efforts have successfully addressed the issue. The ISO standard is in effect for all new equipment and alternative flouncy agents are for sell at numerous farm retail locations.

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