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Industry Hopes to Open Dialogue with EPA on Pesticide Science, Unveils New Proactive Report

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 10:33:52 CDT

Industry Hopes to Open Dialogue with EPA on Pesticide Science, Unveils New Proactive Report The 2017 CropLife America (CLA) and RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment)® Regulatory Conference kicks-off tonight with the unveiling of a new Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Report, Crop Protection Contributions Toward Agricultural Productivity. Held at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia, this year’s conference focuses on the theme Partnering for Progress, encouraging open communication and partnerships among the pesticide industry, government and other stakeholders. Programming begins tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m., featuring speakers and panelists working in areas across the pesticide registration lifecycle.

“CLA and RISE are proud to provide an opportunity for the crop protection and specialty pesticide industries, stakeholders, and academia to meet with representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other Agencies to discuss the latest developments in pesticide science and regulation,” said Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA. “Our country’s successful food system rests upon a foundation of partnerships. The CLA and RISE Regulatory Conference helps facilitate these important discussions and collaborations.”

Since 2009, the CLA and RISE Regulatory Conference has provided a forum to discuss the evolving science and regulation behind crop protection and specialty pesticide products. The educational sessions scheduled throughout the two days encourage open discussion among industry, stakeholders and federal regulators about the issues facing the crop protection and specialty pesticide industries. The keynote speaker on Thursday morning, Dr. Robert Johansson, chief economist at USDA, will discuss the economic landscape for agriculture and key regulatory approaches to risk-based decision making. Starting the sessions on Friday will be the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs Leadership Panel that will provide Agency updates and discussions about EPA’s priorities for 2017.

“The Regulatory Conference is an excellent opportunity for our members to have a dialogue with EPA staff about regulatory issues that affect the industry. This year, RISE is hosting our second annual EPA Labels Live! session to help EPA staff learn about the pesticide product lifecycle and provide context for label regulation,” said Aaron Hobbs, president of RISE. “We’re excited the conference will facilitate these two-way conversations.”   

“It is more important than ever to highlight the importance and impact of strong science in regulation of crop protection products. The Regulatory Conference puts that message front and center,” stated Dr. Janet E. Collins, CLA’s executive vice president of science and regulatory affairs. “Science is the cornerstone of agriculture, helping growers and ranchers around the world farm smarter, faster and safer with less pressure on natural resources. We’re excited to hear new discussions and see emerging partnerships that occur throughout this year’s regulatory conference.”

Earlier this year, CLA and RISE teamed up to promote the value of pesticide technology through a new video, Know Your Pest! The animated video depicts beetles, mosquitoes and other pest threats encroaching upon a farm and a city, only to be stopped in their tracks by “science and the wonder of pesticides.” The final video tagline shares a fact upon which all consumers can agree: Nobody likes a pest. To learn more about CLA, RISE and the benefits of pesticides, visit www.croplifeamerica.org and www.pestfacts.org.

Source - CropLife America



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