Officials from the Washington Department of Agriculture are warning producers about false claims and illegal sales of pesticides on the telephone and over the Internet.

In Washington state, several producers have received calls from people selling weed-control products that they claim supply protection for longer-than-typical periods yet have a low concentration of chemicals. Often, the products carry a high price tag, which is attributed to the longer period of protection.

Producers should always check into their state laws when purchasing pesticides via the Internet. Many states, such as Washington, require that sales must be between licensed pesticide sellers and individuals with a pesticide applicator’s license. Also, products purchased from out of state may not carry application instructions for crops grown in your area.

If you suspect a sales pitch is too good to be true or are considering purchasing pesticides on the Internet, check with your state’s department of agriculture for more information.

Source: Business Wire