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PA EPA’S REPORT OF 1994-95 ESTIMATED PESTICIDE SALES AND USE IN UNITED STATES NOW AVAILABLE
Release Date: 09/05/97
FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1997
EPA’S REPORT OF 1994-95 ESTIMATED PESTICIDE SALES AND USE
IN UNITED STATES NOW AVAILABLE
EPA is releasing its latest estimate of pesticide use in a report “Pesticide Industry Sales and Usage -- l994 and l995 Market Estimates.” The report indicates a continuation of recent trends in pesticide use, i.e., agricultural pesticide use remaining stable with year to year variations resulting from changes in acreage planted and weather conditions. The use of herbicides to control weeds in the United States for agricultural purposes has increased slightly over the previous three years. The increase is due primarily to more acres planted to pesticide-using crops including corn, soybeans, cotton, rice and sunflowers. At the same time, the report shows that the use of conventional pesticides for non-agricultural use (commercial, government and industry and homeowners) has declined over the same period of time. An average of nearly $4,200 per farm was expended in l995 on pesticides. Conventional pesticides account for about 27 percent of all pesticides used annually in the United States and total an estimated 1.2 billion pounds. Wood preservatives account for 16 percent of all pesticides used and total about .72 billion pounds; specialty biocides (such as those used to control bacterial growth in cooling towers, etc.) are about six percent of all pesticides and total .26 billion pounds; and chlorine/hypochlorites (used in water purifying plants and swimming pools) represent 51 percent of all pesticides used and total 2.32 billion pounds. Write to: U.S. EPA, NCEPI, P.O. Box 42419, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242-2419; (telephone - 513-489-8190). Only single copies will be available. The report will soon be available on the Internet at www.epa.gov/pesticides.
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