|Friday, March 18, 2011 – Scott Wykoff and Associated Press|
|Scientists confronting the brown marmorated stink bug hope to get an emergency exemption by August that would allow apple and peach growers to use an insecticide currently banned from orchards in Maryland.
Experts from the U.S. Agriculture Department and Virginia Tech discussed their efforts to curb crop damage during a meeting Friday in Emmitsburg.
Virginia Tech entomologist Chris Bergh says he will submit a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency for expanded use of dinotefuran in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
The EPA currently allows the compound only on vegetables, grapes and cotton.
The meeting was organized by U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland.