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HANFORD -- Kings County farmers and crop-dusters won't be able to apply certain pesticides next summer because of air quality issues, the state Department of Pesticide Regulation said in a written statement Thursday.

The ban applies to Kings, Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties and parts of Kern County.

Included in the May-to-October prohibition are products that contain abamectin, chlorpyrifos, gibberellins or oxyfluorfen and have a high content of volatile organic compounds. The pesticides are applied to alfalfa, almonds, citrus, cotton, grapes, pistachios and walnuts.

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Growers will be able to use formulations that have a lower volatile organic compound concentration.

Volatile compounds are an ingredient in air pollution. Regulators say that emissions of the compounds increased in 2013, triggering the May-October ban for 2015 and 2016.

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