Feds Change Rules on Pesticides Used in Local Potato Farming

Feds Change Rules on Pesticides Used in Local Potato Farming
PASCO-- As potato farmers began harvesting spuds, a new change expected to come into effect next week is on their minds.

The Feds are changing the safety regulations for using five pesticides, two of which local potato farmers say are the most important chemicals they use to keep pests, spores and nematodes away from their crops.

Randy Mullen is one of those farmers. He says the new changes will dramatically cut down on potato yields, which means higher prices for the consumer.

"All of these regulations are expensive, and we're seeing the price of food go up a lot right now," said Mullen. "Every one of these little rules just increases the price of food."

The new rules are designed to protect agricultural workers from dangerous pesticides.