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While many will see the effort as inadequate in scope, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has passed a new rule restricting the use of certain neonicotinoid insecticides on a variety of tree types. The action comes in response to a number of incidents over the past few years where massive bee kill-offs in Oregon were traced to such usage. The class of pesticides is also broadly implicated in colony collapse disorder, a devastating condition affecting bee populations worldwide. The Oregonian provides details: http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2015/02/oregon_bans_use_of_bee-killing.html#incart_river

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