REGISTRATION ANNOUNCEMENT CPDA Webinar “INTRODUCTION OF THE CPDA APPLICATION ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM” Tuesday, February 2nd 11:00am – 12:00pm Central Time Join CPDA and featured guests for the webinar presentation “Introduction of the CPDA Application Enhancement Program”.  The Application Enhancement Program objective is to assist growers and applicators to the right size spray droplets for herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides to minimize off target movement and maximize control. The program includes matching the Crop Protection Products to the optimum spray tip and drift reduction adjuvant. At the end

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EPA Public Comment Period on Updated Draft Guidance on Plant Regulator Product Claims Closes on December 30, 2020

The public comment period for EPA’s updated “Draft Guidance for Plant Regulator Products and Claims, Including Plant Biostimulants,” closes on December 30, 2020.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


REGISTRATION ANNOUNCEMENT CPDA & CROPLIFE AMERICA PROVIDE FIRST-EVER 2020 JOINT VIRTUAL ANNUAL MEETING! The Council of Producers of Agrotechnology “CPDA” will be holding a joint virtual Annual Meeting Program for 2020 in conjunction with CropLife America “CLA”, with programming on Tuesday, September 29th and Wednesday, September 30th.  As a CPDA Member you are invited to register and participate in the CLA/CPDA joint event agenda (CLA Membership is not required).  Please note that Early-bird registration fee for the joint event of $295 ends

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

Presentations from CPDA’s 2019 Adjuvants & Inerts Conference Now Available!

CPDA’s 2019 Adjuvants & Inerts Conference, “Developing Trends and Emerging Needs of the Agrotechnology Industry,” held April 29-May 1 at the Grand Hyatt Denver in Denver, Colorado, featured a comprehensive and informative speakers program that covered a wide variety of topics of key importance to the agrotechnology industry. This year’s conference drew an audience of nearly 160 attendees representing all segments of the agrotechnology industry and addressed the latest innovations, research and trends in application technologies and other areas of

CPDA Participates in EPA Quarterly PRIA 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 headquarters in Arlington, Virginia on March 13, 2019. The meeting included OPP leadership from all three registering divisions (RD, AD and BPPD). EPA personnel gave a brief summary of the events leading up to the March 8, 2019 enactment of PRIA 4, highlighted some of the new provisions in the reauthorized statute, and discussed the Agency’s plans to implement PRIA 4 and eliminate

CPDA Urges EPA to Deny Petition Seeking Testing of Every End-Use Formulation and Tank Mixture

CPDA has collaborated with CLA, RISE and the Biological Products Industry Association (BPIA) in submitting joint industry comments to EPA on March 21, 2019 in response to a petition filed by the Center for Food Safety (CFS). The CFS petition requests that the Agency revise its testing requirements for pesticides prior to registration. Specifically, CFS is askiTng that the Agency expand its testing requirements to include whole pesticide formulations so as to account for the toxicological effects of inert and