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Ag Industry at Odds Over Pesticide Studied In Bee Deaths

A class of pesticide commonly used on Midwest farm fields that have been linked to destruction of bee colonies may not be as effective against corn and soybean pests as many once thought, according to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report.
Initially, the pesticide, called neonicotinoids or "neonics" were developed in the early 1990's to fight wireworm and bean leaf beetles. Many corn and Soybean seeds are treated with the pesticides to keep these bugs away in the spring while the seed sprouts.
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