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EPA Grant Helps New Mexico Manage Pesticides

Contact Information: 
Jennah Durant or Joe Hubbard, R6Press@epa.gov, 214 665-2200


DALLAS – (April 28, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $261,033 to the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s pesticide program. 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.

 EPA’s website provides many resources for pesticide registration, use, enforcement, and safety. You can also learn about how to manage pests in your own home, business, or school using non-chemical techniques.

 Find out more about EPA’s pesticides program: https://www.epa.gov/pesticides

 Find out more about EPA’s activities in New Mexico: https://www.epa.gov/nm

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