36 Pesticides Now Approved for U.S. Hemp Cultivation
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36 Pesticides Now Approved for U.S. Hemp Cultivation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has expanded the number of pesticides approved for hemp cultivation since its initial guidance was released in December 2019.

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August 24, 2020

In December 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of pesticides approved for use in hemp cultivation. This was the first federal guidance on what products could be used to treat hemp after it was legalized in 2018.

“Under the Trump Administration, the EPA is committed to providing much-needed certainty to farmers and ranchers across the country who rely on crop protection tools to ensure a global supply of products, while driving economic growth in agricultural communities across America,” said EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler in the release announcing the list.

The list initially included nine biopesticides (pesticides derived from natural materials such as animals, bacteria and plants) and one conventional pesticide. Conventional pesticides use active ingredients other than those in biopesticides and are usually synthetically produced.

Since its release, the list still has just one conventional pesticide, but now includes 35 biopesticides, greatly expanding the options hemp cultivators have for pest control.

The list will continue to be updated with new pesticides as more companies apply to have products approved for use on hemp, according to the EPA. A formal application must be filed with the EPA by the pesticide producer to be considered.

The agency will perform the ecological, human health and cumulative risk testing. If the pesticide passes these tests, it is added to the list, making it officially allowed for use on hemp plants.

Here is the current list of EPA-approved pesticides for use in hemp cultivation:


BIOPESTICIDES
EPA Reg. No.Active IngredientProduct Name
84846-5Complex Polymeric Polyhydroxy AcidsARCUS
89600-2Beauveria bassiana strain ANT-03Bioceres
70051-119Bacillus mycoides isolate JBMJ/Lifeguard WG
82074-2Beauveria bassiana strain GHABOTANIGARD 22WP
84846-2Complex Polymeric Polyhydroxy AcidsCARBON POWER
70051-117Potasium BicarbonateCARB-O-NATOR
87978-5Chrysodeixis includens Nucleopolyhedrovirus isolate #460CHRYSOGEN
70051-86Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. kurstaki strain EG7841CRYMAX
70310-7Azadirachtin and Neem OilDEBUG OPTIMO
70310-8Azadirachtin and Neem OilDEBUG TRES
70310-5Azadirachtin and Neem OilDEBUG TURBO
70310-11Neem OilDEBUG-ON
89152-4Cold pressed neem oilECOWORKS EC
87978-4Spodoptera frugiperda Multiple Nucleopolyhedrovirus strain 3AP2FAWLIGEN
70051-45Polyhedral occlusion bodies of the nuclear polyhedrosis virus of Helicoverpa zea (corn earworm)GEMSTAR LC
91865-1Soybean Oil, Garlic Oil, and Resin, Oleo-, capsicumGH CMT
91865-3Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain D747GH DNMT
91865-2Potassium Salts of Fatty AcidsGH MPMT
91865-4AzadirachtinGH NAMT
87978-7Autographa californica Multiple Nucleopolyhedrovirus strain R3LEPIGEN
84059-21Reynoutria sachalinesisMBI-106 12 BIOFUNGICIDE
84059-28Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain F727MBI-110 EP
90866-13Cytokinin and Indole - 3 butyric Acid (IBA)MegaGro L
82074-1Beauveria bassiana strain GHAMYCOTROL ES
71908-1AzadirachtinNEEMAZAL T/S 1.2 EC
70051-19Isaria fumosorosea Apopka strain 97PFR-97 20% WDG
84059-3Reynoutria sachalinesisREGALIA BIOPROTECTANT CONCENTRATE
83416-1mono and Di Potassium Salts of Phosphoric AcidRELIANT SYSTEMIC FUNGICIDE
70051-127Potassium SilicateSil-Matrix LC
87978-6Chrysodeixis includens Nucleopolyhedrovirus isolate #460 & Helicoverpa zea Nucleopolyhedrovirus strain ABA-NPV-USURTIVO
87978-9Chrysodeixis includens Nucleopolyhedrovirus isolate #460, Helicoverpa zea Nucleopolyhedrovirus strain ABA-NPV-U, Autographa californica Multiple Nucleopolyhedrovirus strain R3, & Spodoptera frugiperda Multiple Nucleopolyhedrovirus strain 3AP2Surtivo Plus
87978-8Chrysodeixis includens Nucleopolyhedrovirus isolate #460, Helicoverpa zea Nucleopolyhedrovirus strain ABA-NPV-U, Autographa californica Multiple Nucleopolyhedrovirus strain R3, & Spodoptera frugiperda Multiple Nucleopolyhedrovirus strain 3AP2Surtivo Ultra
88760-10Neem OilTNO70 Broad Spectrum
85208-1Vinegar (CAS 64-19-7)VINAGREEN
88847-6GS-omega/kappa - Hxtx-Hv1a (spider venom peptides)VST-006340 LC
CONVENTIONAL PESTICIDES
91865-2Potassium Salts of Fatty AcidsHawthorne Hydroponics LLC, D/B/A General Hydroponics