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CPDA and a Coalition of Applicator and Grower Groups Submit Joint Comments to EPA on Paraquat Proposed Interim Decision

CPDA and a coalition of applicator and grower groups have submitted joint comments to EPA on the Agency’s proposed interim decision (PID) on paraquat, a herbicide used to control invasive weeds and plants on more than 100 crops including cotton, corn, and soybeans, and for which there are presently no direct product alternatives. In addition to CPDA, the other signatories include Association of Washington Aerial Applicators, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Cotton Council, National Sunflower Association, Washington Friends of

CPDA, CLA, and Rise Submit Joint Comments on EPA’s Draft Isothiazolinone Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments

On December 8, 2020, an allied industry coalition comprised of CPDA, CLA, and RISE submitted comments to EPA in response to the Agency’s Draft Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments for Several Pesticides for Several Isothiazolinones. The draft risk assessment was posted by EPA for public comment on May 14, 2020 as part of the registration review process under FIFRA. CPDA would like to thank Dr. Kevin Crosby (Adjuvants Unlimited, LLC) and Jennifer Bear (Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC) who worked as a

EPA Public Comment Period on Updated Draft Guidance on Plant Regulator Product Claims Closes on December 30, 2020

The public comment period for EPA’s updated “Draft Guidance for Plant Regulator Products and Claims, Including Plant Biostimulants,” closes on December 30, 2020. The updated guidance was announced by EPA on November 24, 2020 and published in the Federal Register on November 30, 2020. Public comment, identified by docket number EPA-HQ-OPP-2018-0258, may be submitted through the federal eRulemaking portal which may be accessed by clicking here. The proposed guidance is intended to clarify that products with claims that are

FY 2021 Annual Maintenance Fee Payments Under FIFRA Are Due on January 15, 2021

EPA has updated its web site with the forms and information necessary for payment of annual maintenance fees under FIFRA which are due on January 15, 2021. All active or suspended product registrations in effect as of October 1, 2020 are subject to annual maintenance fees for FY 2021. The fee is $4,000 for each registration up to the maximum small or large business fee cap as established by PRIA 4. Certain companies meeting the definition of a small business

CPDA Participates in EPA PRIA Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting

CPDA and other members of the PRIA Industry Coalition participated in the PRIA Quarterly Stakeholder meeting held by Office of Pesticide Program (OPP) representatives on November 12, 2020. The virtual meeting included managers from all three registering divisions (AD, BPPD, and RD) who provided updates and metrics on the Agency’s implementation of PRIA and efforts to improve process efficiencies. Agency Reorganization Changes OPP officials began the meeting with an overview of last September’s reorganization of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution

EPA Announces Electronic Process for Issuing Gold Seal Letters

EPA has announced a new process whereby Gold Seal letters will be issued electronically with the insertion of a seal that is digitally rendered rather than embossed. The electronic process for issuing Gold Seal letters was developed by OPP staff in response to the challenges of working remotely during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The Gold Seal letter certifies that a product being exported is legally registered with EPA in the United States. Gold seal letters are covered by PRIA category

EPA Approves Extension of Streamlined BIT Self-Certification Process

EPA has approved an extension to December 31, 2021 of the streamlined self-certification process whereby registrants may notify the Agency of a change in the source of BIT in a pesticide formulation without having to submit a new or amended Confidential Statement of Formula (CSF). The original deadline of the temporary process was October 18, 2020. However, due to continuing interruptions in the BIT supply chain, an industry coalition that included CPDA, CLA, BPIA, RISE, and CBC submitted a September


By Sonja Begemann, AgPro, October 1, 2020 Click Here to Launch News Article BASF and Bayer are each creating a new tank-mix partner for their dicamba products. Both company tank mixes focus on reducing volatility. These products will need EPA approval. “We’re waiting for registration [for over-the-top dicamba] by the EPA, and we anticipate that they will require a buffering agent to be used in tank mixes,” says Tracy Rowlandson, BASF technical marketing manager. “So, if that happens Sentris will be available

CPDA Conducts Media Webinar on the Importance of Selecting the Right Adjuvant for Successful Weed Control

On May 14, 2020, CPDA conducted a webinar for the media titled “Adjuvant Selection Can Make or Break Your Weed Control in 2020,” featuring Joe Gednalske, CPDA Manager of Membership and Value Promotion, and Dr. Bryan Young, professor of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue University. Dr. Young has been a frequent speaker at the CPDA Adjuvants & Inerts Conference and is developing the next edition of “The Compendium of Herbicide Adjuvants” expected to be available in late summer or


CLICK HERE TO LAUNCH NEWS ARTICLE May 27, 2020, By Willie Vogt, WESTERN FARMER-STOCKMAN “The Council of Producers and Distributors of Agrotechnology wants farmers to know there are many choices, and not all of them are good. Farmers know that a methylated seed oil is just the right choice for a herbicide – but which one? Or do you need a spreader-sticker to make the herbicide or insecticide just right? Turns out the adjuvant choice is getting more complicated, and the

EPA Holds Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee Meeting

On May 20-21, EPA conducted a virtual meeting of its Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC). The PPDC is a forum for a diverse group of stakeholders to provide feedback to EPA on various pesticide regulatory, policy, and program implementation issues. CPDA President Gary Halvorson has been appointed by EPA to serve on the PPDC for a two-year term and will be representing the interests of Council members throughout the committee proceedings. Summary of Agricultural related topics: EPA Response to COVID-19: to change

EPA Conducts PRIA Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting

CPDA and other members of the PRIA Industry Coalition participated in the PRIA quarterly stakeholder meeting that was held with EPA on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. The meeting was conducted online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting included OPP managers from all three registering divisions (RD, AD and BPPD) who provided updates and detailed metrics on the Agency’s implementation of PRIA. Office of Pesticide Programs Director Rick Keigwin opened the meeting by reporting that Agency staff have been working

EPA Continues Efforts to Help Increase the Availability of Disinfectant Products for Use Against the Novel Coronavirus

Click to view EPA Notice here Dear CPDA Member, Please see the link from EPA regarding its efforts to increase the availability of disinfectant products for use against the Coronavirus. Within EPA’s message is the following announcement of the Agency’s approval of the use of commodity inerts: “Commodity inert ingredients are individual inert ingredients—there are approximately 280 total—that can be obtained from different producers with no significant differences in the ingredient.

EPA Representatives Discuss PRIA Process Improvements at Stakeholder Meeting

CPDA and other members of the PRIA Industry Coalition attended the EPA PRIA Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting held at the Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) headquarters in Arlington, Virginia on November 13, 2019. The meeting included OPP leadership from all three registering divisions (RD, AD and BPPD). During the meeting, EPA representatives presented a detailed set of metrics on PRIA submissions received and completed during FY 2019,  the FY 2019 rate of on-time completions by product type, the percentage of