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N.C. Pesticide Advisory Committee announces new members and approves case settlements

Two new members were recently appointed to the N.C. Pesticide Advisory Committee. Greg Bunn, a farmer from Nash County, was appointed to fill the vacant farmer position, and Manly Wilder of Raleigh was chosen to fill the vacancy reserved for a conservationist.

The board also approved the following settlement agreements for cases in Ashe, Lee, Lenoir, Mecklenburg, Northampton, Perquimans and Wake counties.

•Stevie G. Harrell of Boone’s Farm Supplies in Garysburg agreed to pay $800 for continuing to sell restricted-use pesticides at the business after his pesticide dealer license had expired. He has since renewed his license.

•William L. Whaley Jr. of Kinston agreed to pay $800 for pesticide storage and disposal violations on his farm.

•Bryson J. Cooper of Craft Air Services LLC. of Hertford agreed to pay $1,600 after an aerial application of pesticides to a cotton field drifted within 100 feet of a residence, and came into contact with three people. The product label states it should not be allowed to drift or come into contact with people.

•Brandon Landreth of TruGreen in Charlotte agreed to pay $1,200 for applying an herbicide in windy conditions. The label for the herbicide states that it should not be applied when wind speeds are greater than 15 mph. Local records indicate the wind speeds at the time of application were between 16 and 27 mph.

•James Cline Church of Cline Church Nursery Inc. in Fleetwood agreed to pay $600 for applying an insecticide to a Christmas tree farm that affected nearby bees. The label on the insecticide states it is highly toxic to bees and to not apply it if bees are in the treatment area.

•Timothy C. Mastin of Enhancescapes of Cary agreed to pay $800 for an herbicide treatment that was made by an employee working under Mastin’s license, which had expired. Mastin has since renewed his license.

•Seth J. Parsons of NatureChem Inc. of Sanford agreed to pay $1,800 for a release of pesticides at the company facility that resulted in dead vegetation in a drainage ditch as far as 400 feet away from the property. It is unknown if the pesticide was dumped or misapplied.

•Dip’N Grow Inc. of Clackamas, Ore. agreed to pay $600 for selling Dip’N Grow Liquid Rooting Concentrate that was deficient in the active ingredient. A sample was collected from a facility in Watauga County.

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