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EPA Funds LSU Study to Protect Bees from Pesticides

Release Date: 01/06/2014
Contact Information: Jennah Durant or Joe Hubbard, 214 665-2200 or

DALLAS – (Jan. 6, 2014) Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will present a grant for more than $167,000 to Dr. Kristen Healy of the Louisiana State University AgCenter at a ceremony on Wednesday, January 8. The grant will fund a study to assess the impact of mosquito-control methods on honey bees.

The study will look at development and application of insecticides used to control adult mosquito populations to minimize impacts on honey bee health. The LSU team will use the study results to develop specific guidelines for safely using these insecticides, and to assist beekeepers in minimizing exposure of bee colonies.

Members of the press are welcome to attend the ceremony. No registration is required.

Ceremony details:

When: Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 10-11 a.m.

    Where: 212 Efferson Hall (Corner of Highland and East Parker)
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Who: Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator, EPA, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
        Dr. William Richardson, LSU Vice President for Agriculture
        Dr. Rogers Leonard, Associate Vice Chancellor for Plant and Soil Sciences
        Dr. Carrie Castille, Associate Commissioner of Governmental Affairs, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry
        Kyle McCann, Associate Commodity Director, Louisiana Farm Bureau
        Joe Sanroma, President, Louisiana Beekeepers Association

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