Gov. Larry Hogan vetoes bill that would have banned certain pesticide from farms

Salisbury, Md. – Some farmers are happy after Governor Larry Hogan vetoed a bill that would have banned them from using a certain pesticide.

Senate Bill 300 was vetoed last week, but it would have prohibited the use of chlorpyrifos in the state. That’s a pesticide that farmers often use for certain crops to keep pests away.

Virgil Shockley, a local farmer, tells 47 ABC that the certain pesticide will likely be transitioned out in a few years anyway, but for now there is no alternative.

“As of right now there is not another product that has been labeled, and I say labeled meaning that there are some in testing, but there are not any labeled to be used,” Shockley said.

Shockley says the product is used on cabbages, apples, and other food to get rid of worms and other bugs.

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