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May 2018

Registration for the CPDA Summer Conference & Annual Meeting in Chicago is Now Open!

Register today for the upcoming CPDA Summer Conference and Annual Meeting to be held at the Omni Chicago Hotel July 16-18 in Chicago.  This year’s meeting will showcase a new strategic direction for CPDA that charts a new way of conducting operations and a new philosophy to enhance the value of CPDA membership. Members and non-members will have the opportunity to learn more about how this new approach will enable CPDA to better meet their needs.

Click here to learn more and to register!

CPDA Interim President Gary Halvorson to Address the WPHA 2018 Regulatory Conference

CPDA Interim President Gary Halvorson will present at the Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) 2018 Regulatory Conference, scheduled for July 25-26 in Sacramento, California.  He will provide an overview of CPDA’s voluntary Adjuvant Certification Program and how registrants and users of adjuvants bearing the CPDA certification logo can be assured that the product conforms to specific product claims and EPA requirements.

Over the last several months, CPDA has engaged with WPHA on mandatory revisions to product label warning requirements under California’s Prop 65.  Most recently, WPHA President Renee Pinel spoke at CPDA’s 2018 Adjuvants & Inerts Conference in San Antonio where she summarized the pending changes and likely impact on product labels.  CPDA looks forward to its continued collaboration with WPHA on the new Prop 65 label warning requirements as well as issues surrounding the registration of adjuvants by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) – both of which are crucial issues for Council members that sell and/or distribute their products for use in California.

EPA Announces Extension of Deadline for Public Comment on Final Biological Opinion for Chlorpyrifos, Diazinon and Malathion

EPA has announced a 60-day extension of the deadline for the submission of public comments on the final Biological Opinion (BiOp), issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) under the Endangered Species Act, on the potential effects of chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion on listed species and critical habitats. The Biological Opinion found jeopardy to 38 species and adverse modifications to 37 critical habitat units. It also includes a series of Recommended Prudent Alternatives (RPAs) based on the “best available information on current agricultural practices and pesticide reduction strategies to reduce pesticide exposure to aquatic species and their habitats.” Comments are due by July 23, 2018 and may be submitted via www.regulations.gov identified by docket number EPA-HQ-OPP-2018-0141.

Under Section 7(a)(2) of the ESA, if EPA determines that a pesticide is likely to adversely affect a listed species or its designated critical habitat, the Agency must consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (collectively known as the “Services”).  Following consultation, the Service(s) prepares a Biological Opinion on whether the registration action will jeopardize or adversely affect a listed species or habitat and, if so, may include reasonable and prudent alternatives and/or reasonable and prudent measures to avoid or minimize such impacts.

The final BiOp was issued on December 29, 2017 pursuant to a court-ordered deadline set by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in the case of Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides, et. al. v. NMFS.  The deadline was established after the court denied a request from NMFS seeking additional time to engage in more extensive collaboration with EPA and stakeholders in developing the final BiOp.

In announcing its request for public comment on the BiOp, EPA maintained that the court’s failure to extend the deadline for issuance of the Opinion was “at odds” with an interim approach developed by the Agency in 2013, with the support of the Services and USDA, for assessing the potential ESA effects of pesticides.  According to EPA, this interim approach is intended to establish an “open and transparent process” for ESA consultations.  The Agency emphasized that “stakeholder input is critical to the development and evaluation of any measures EPA may implement to address risks to listed species and designated critical habitat.”  As such, EPA is seeking public comment and stakeholder input before deciding to reinitiate consultation with NMFS or move forward with implementing the measures contained in the Opinion.

Meanwhile, EPA continues to work with the Services to refine an interim scientific approach and create a sustainable process for completing consultations that meet requirements of both the ESA and FIFRA.  As part of this process, EPA is collaborating with the Services to determine an appropriate method for incorporating available usage data in the evaluation of pesticides for ESA effects.  EPA personnel state that the Agency’s objective is to streamline the process so that it is protective of species, ensures timely FIFRA registration review decisions, transparent to the public, and takes into consideration the limited resources available to the Agency.

Farm Bill (H.R. 2), the “Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018,” Fails to Advance on the House Floor

House passage of the Farm Bill (H.R. 2), titled the “Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018,” fell short by a vote of 198-213 during floor debate on the measure held May 18, 2018.  The bill failed to advance largely due to the leadership’s refusal to agree to the demands of a bloc of House Republicans seeking a separate vote on an unrelated package of immigration measures.  Discussions in the House are now underway as the leadership tries to end the impasse and find a way to bring the Farm Bill to the floor for a second vote.

As reported previously, Title IX of the Farm Bill contains two provisions strongly supported by CPDA.  First is language that would enact into law H.R. 1029, the “Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act,” which provides a long-term reauthorization of PRIA along with an increase in maintenance fees, an adjustment in registration service fees as well as product category/review times, and eliminates the existing constraint on spending maintenance fees without matching appropriation dollars as contained in current PRIA.  H.R. 2 also includes language that would amend FIFRA and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (the Clean Water Act) to prohibit EPA or a state from requiring an additional permit under the Clean Water Act for a discharge of a pesticide from a point source into navigable waters of the United States.  CPDA has engaged in extensive lobbying efforts in building a broad base of support for each of these legislative initiatives in the 115th Congress.

Most recently, CPDA joined with a broad cross-section of agricultural, non-agricultural, and public health interests in signing onto a May 8, 2018 letter to Representative Mike Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, thanking him for his leadership in authoring several key provisions in the Farm Bill that relate to the registration and use of pesticides.  The signatories to the May 8th letter also thanked Chairman Conaway for his inclusion of other language in Title IX of the Farm Bill that would establish much-needed regulatory reforms by clarifying the role of state lead agencies in promulgating pesticide regulations and streamlining the pesticide review/approval process when considering implications to endangered species.

CPDA and the other signatories to the letter emphasized that the pesticide provisions contained in Title IX would “increase the global competitiveness of American agriculture, encourage much needed innovation, and reduce costs to American farmers and ranchers and other users of pesticides at a time when they can least afford it.”

As of this writing, it was not clear whether an agreement over immigration would be reached that would clear a path for reconsideration of the Farm Bill on the House floor.  Meanwhile, work in the Senate is ongoing as the leadership in that chamber drafts its own version of the Farm Bill.  CPDA will keep its membership apprised of further developments as they occur.

CPDA 2018 Summer Conference & Annual Meeting to Feature Unveiling of New Strategic Direction

 

CPDA Interim President Gary Halvorson recently sent the following message to CPDA Members:  “Make plans to be in the “Windy City” on July 16-18 for CPDA’s 2018 Summer Conference & Annual Meeting at the Omni Chicago Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. This year’s gathering promises to be a truly special event and is being structured to showcase the newly defined focus of the CPDA organization.

The start of 2018 signified a new chapter in the association’s long history – a new way of conducting operations and a new philosophy to enhance the value of CPDA membership. The CPDA Board of Directors envisions a new strategic direction for the association – one which recognizes that issue priorities vary depending on a company’s primary business focus: producer, formulator/distributor, or adjuvant/inert ingredient supplier. Each of these segments within the agrotechnology industry faces a unique set of challenges in retaining a competitive edge.

With this in mind, the CPDA Board has designed a plan to create a committee structure focused on these segments, and the legislative and regulatory issues relative to each. A representative Board director whose company’s primary line of business falls within each segment will be featured on the conference program. Each will showcase how reorganization of CPDA’s current structure would facilitate opportunities for legislative and regulatory advocacy of current and future member companies. CPDA is working towards increased transparency and defining the association’s value to current, past and future members in order to justify the expense in this current market.

CPDA’s goal is guided by a vision of ensuring that the association serves as the pre-eminent voice on federal and state legislative and regulatory affairs in representing the interests of producers, formulators/distributors, and adjuvant/inert ingredient suppliers. CPDA is confident that a restructuring will benefit current members, and also attract former and potential new members looking for an organization that is willing and able to devote time, effort and resources into championing their interests before policy-makers on Capitol Hill and with regulatory agencies.

Further details on CPDA’s new strategic direction and the summer conference, including the agenda, sponsorship opportunities, and fun events being planned will be announced soon.  Thank you!”

Presentations from Distinguished Speakers at CPDA’s 2018 Adjuvants & Inerts Conference now Available

CPDA’s 2018 Annual Adjuvants & Inerts Conference, “Agrotechnology Challenges in Today’s Ever-Changing Market,” held May 1-2 in San Antonio, Texas, featured an informative and robust speakers program that examined the latest trends and issues impacting the agrotechnology industry.  The Conference provided information on important topics including drift reduction technologies, advancements in tank cleaning technology, inerts and adjuvants for the organic market, the state of biostimulant regulations in the U.S. and Canada, auxin herbicides and the effective management of weed resistance, rhizosphere engineering and soil health, pending changes to California Proposition 65 product label warning requirements, and the impact of mergers and consolidations taking place within the agricultural chemicals industry on the long and short-term growth of the global agricultural economy.

Our sincere thanks is extended to the sponsors of the event.  The generosity and support of these companies play a key role in CPDA’s ability to provide value to our member companies and equip them with the information they need to retain a competitive edge in today’s agrotechnology industry.  Please join us in recognizing the CPDA 2018 Annual Adjuvants & Inerts Conference sponsors:

Diamond Level:  Chemorse; Helena Agri-Enterprises; Huntsman Performance Products; Oxiteno USA, LLC; and Stepan Company

Platinum Level:  Adjuvants Unlimited, LLC; AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry, LLC; Oleon; and Precision Laboratories, LLC

Gold Level:  Croda; Dow Crop Defense; Evonik Corporation; and KALO

Silver Level:  Albaugh, Inc.; Brandt Incorporated; Clariant Corporation; and Exacto Inc.

 

Special Thanks to Members of the 2018 Adjuvants & Inerts Conference Planning Committee

CPDA would like to give special recognition to the members of the 2018 Adjuvants & Inerts Conference Planning Committee – all of whom devoted their valuable time in the development of the speakers program and structure of the conference. The engagement and input of these individuals was key in ensuring the success of the conference. Members of this year’s conference planning committee include: Dave Ferguson (Huntsman Performance Products), Todd O’Connell (Huntsman Performance Products), Paul Bially (Solvay USA), Arthur Bass (Chemorse), Brenda DeShields (Oxiteno USA, LLC), Rebecca Peters (Precision Laboratories, LLC), Donna Hillebold (AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry), Stephen Rall (Evonik Corporation), Carmine Sesa (AgMarket Results), and Alec Simpson (Croda Inc.).

CPDA would also like to take this opportunity to express appreciation to all the attendees of this year’s Conference.  We hope the meeting provided just the right mix of education, information, and networking opportunities and that members and non-members alike found value in attending. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year in Denver, Colorado for the 2019 Adjuvants & Inerts Conference to be held May 7-9!

Speaker Presentations

The speaker presentations from the CPDA 2018 Annual Adjuvants & Inerts Conference may be accessed by clicking the links below.

“Drift Reduction Technologies,” Dr. Andrew Hewitt, The University of Queensland

“XtendiMax Update,” Dr. Ryan J. Rector,  Monsanto Company

“Advancements in Tank Cleaning Technology,” John Hemminghaus, Monsanto Company

“Inerts and Adjuvants for the Organic Market,” Jesse Brown, OMRI

“Biostimulant Market Overview,” Jon Leman, Italpollina USA, Inc.

“Resistance Management for Enlist and Xtend Crop Systems,” Dr. Bryan Young, Purdue University

“Auxin Herbicides and Weed Resistance Management,” Dr. Reid J. Smeda, University of Missouri

“Dicamba:  Where it happened? How it happened? Why it happened?” Dr. Richard Zollinger, NDSU

“Rhizosphere Engineering – An innovative approach of modifying soil biophysical properties to influence plant-microbiome-soil interactions,” Dr. Stan Kostka, Penn State

“California Proposition 65,” Renee Pinel, Western Plant Health Association

“Navigating through the Multi National Mega-Mergers,” Dr. Matthew Phillips

 

CPDA thanks all those who attended the 2018 Annual Adjuvants & Inerts Conference!