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Farmers Get Help Fighting Stink Bugs

EPA grants temporary use of powerful insecticide.



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    Farmers in seven states, including Maryland and Virginia, are getting some relief from the stink bugs.

    The Environmental Protection Agency announced today it's OK for them to use a special insecticide to control the brown marmorated bugs. 

    Many farmers suffered significant loses last year due to the invasive Asian insect.

    The temporary order allows farmers to use the insecticide only on certain fruits.

    The exemption is for this growing season and expires Oct. 15.

    There was an unexpected explosion of the brown bugs this year.