Beekeepers get exemption to use mite-fighting HopGuard II
by MBJ Staff
Published: May 8,2014
Tags: agriculture, bee, beekeeper, BetaTec Hop Products, Bureau of Plant Industry, environment, Environmental Protection Agency, exemptyion, farm, farmer, farming, federal government, Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, hive, honey, honeybee, HopGuard II, Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, miticide, varroa mite
JACKSON — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given approval of an emergency exemption that will allow Mississippi beekeepers access to a miticide to help control varroa mite infestations in honeybee colonies.
The product receiving emergency exemption under Section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) is manufactured by BetaTec Hop Products. HopGuard II uses cardboard strips treated with potassium salt of hop beta acids to control varroa mite infestations. The strips are inserted into honeybee colonies or packages of adult worker bees prior to installation in a honeybee colony.
The varroa mite is a honeybee parasite that feeds on adult bees and developing brood. If left untreated, varroa mites can lead to deformation of bees and potential loss of the entire colony affected.
The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce’s Bureau of Plant Industry has authority under Section 18 of FIFRA to obtain an exemption from EPA for a non-labeled use of a pesticide if significant losses of an agricultural commodity are likely or if labeled products are not available or effective. This exemption for HopGuard II expires Dec. 31.
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