CPDA Annual Adjuvants & Inerts Conference

The CPDA 2018 Annual Adjuvants & Inerts Conference will be held on May 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.  This year’s conference will examine the many challenges and opportunities within the agrotechnology industry that center around the development of products and tools designed to maximize crop yields and instill greater efficiency in crop production methods.  Current plant production strategies are complex and include measures that address the need to effectively manage the proliferation of herbicide

PMRA Publishes Amendments to Pest Control Products Regulations to Implement CETA

On September 7, 2017, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) published in the Canada Gazette a set of amendments to the Pest Control Products Regulations (PCPR) for implementation of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).  A key objective of CETA is to eliminate trade barriers between Canada and the European Union (EU) on most goods.  The recently published amendments have an effective date of September 21, 2017 and seek to align the PCPR with Article 20.30 of

CPDA Agrotechnology Committee Holds Inaugural Meeting as Newly Restructured Entity

On September 8, 2017, the CPDA Agrotechnology Committee held its first inaugural meeting via conference call.  As reported previously, the CPDA Board of Directors approved the merger of the CPDA Regulatory and Adjuvants & Inerts Committees to establish a new CPDA Agrotechnology Committee effective September 1, 2017.  This move was designed to provide a more efficient structure for managing the regulatory and non-regulatory priority issues for CPDA members, while minimizing the duplication of issue management activities.  The CPDA Agrotechnology Committee

Update on Congressional Consideration of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA)

As reported previously, on March 20, 2017, H.R. 1029, the “Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act of 2017” (PRIA 4), was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and sent to the Senate for consideration.  On May 11, 2017, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing seeking comments from EPA, industry and other stakeholders on the proposed legislation.  On June 30, 2017, the committee approved the legislation for floor consideration without objection.  Due to various issues in the

CPDA Representatives Meet With OSHA Officials to Discuss Relabeling Requirements of HCS 2012

On September 19, 2017, CPDA President Sue Ferenc and CPDA Director of Regulatory Affairs Sylvia Palmer met with Bill Perry and Maureen Ruskin, Director and Deputy Director, respectively, of OSHA’s Directorate of Standards and Guidance, to discuss the upcoming December 1, 2017 deadline under the 2012 Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012) for the relabeling of non-pesticide agricultural products, under the control of a distributor, that are packaged in sealed containers and stored in warehouses.  The deadline is set forth under

Legislation to Ban Chlorpyrifos Introduced in Senate

On July 25, 2017, legislation (S. 1624) titled the “Protect Children, Farmers, and Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act of 2017” was introduced by Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker D-NJ), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and others.  The measure would prohibit the use of chlorpyrifos on food and it would amend Section 402 of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to stipulate that adulterated food includes any food that “bears or contains chlorpyrifos, including any residue

2017 Annual Adjuvants & Inerts Conference Speaker Presentations

CPDA’s 2017 Annual Adjuvants & Inerts Conference held May 3rd in Indianapolis, Indiana featured an informative and comprehensive speakers program that covered an array of topics such as drift reduction technologies, effective management of weed resistance, the short and long-term outlook for the agricultural economy, and challenges associated with reducing off-site drift of  auxin herbicides.  At the request of a number of our members who attended the Conference, we are providing access to the speaker presentations for whom we have received

Federal District Court Rules that FIFRA Precludes Claims of Copyright Infringement of the Basic Manufacturer’s Label

In an April 10 decision, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina ruled that FIFRA precludes claims of copyright infringement for the required parts of the labels of “me-too” registered products.  The decision was issued in Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC v. Willowood, LLC., a lawsuit in which Syngenta alleged that Willowood had willfully and knowingly violated copyright protections of one of its product labels when Willowood used substantial portions of the label for a generic me-too

EPA Denies Petition Seeking Chlorpyrifos Ban

On March 29, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed an order announcing the Agency’s decision to deny a 2007 petition filed by the Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) seeking the revocation of all tolerances for chlorpyrifos and the cancellation of all product registrations for the chemical.  The order appeared in the April 5, 2017 Federal Register.  Among the claims asserted by the petitioners was that EPA failed to adequately assess the potential

EPA Budget Memo Details Proposed FY 2018 Funding Cuts to EPA’s Pesticide Program Activities

An article appearing in the April 5, 2017 edition of “InsideEPA.com” details severe funding cuts expected to be proposed in the Trump Administration FY 2018 budget request for EPA that promise to impact a number of Agency programs, including the Office of Pesticide Programs.  According to the article, the proposed funding reductions are set forth in a March 21, 2017 budget memo prepared by David Bloom, EPA’s Chief Financial Officer.  The article reports that the President will propose a $5.7

House Adopts “PRIA 4” By Voice Vote

On Monday, March 20, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted by voice vote H.R. 1029, the “Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act” under a suspension of the rules.  Introduced in the 115th Congress by Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL), the measure was reported favorably out of the House Committee on Agriculture on February 16, 2017.  Among its provisions, the bill would authorize the collection of $31 million in maintenance fees for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2023 (current maintenance fees are

CPDA Conducts Legislative Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.

CPDA held its 2017 Legislative Policy Conference at the Club Quarters Hotel in Washington, D.C. on March 8th.  The conference featured a presentation and Q&A with Cameron Bishop, Legislative Director in the office of Representative Austin Scott (R-GA), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit.  Bishop provided attendees an overview of current activities in the House including an update on prospects for reauthorization of the Farm Bill this year.   Rep. Rodney Davis The 2017 Legislative Policy

CPDA Legislative Policy Conference Includes an Overview of the Political and Regulatory Climate Under the Trump Administration

CPDA’s Don Davis Briefs Conference Attendees CPDA Director of Legislative Affairs Don Davis presided over the Legislative Policy Conference held in Washington, D.C. on March 8th and provided attendees a snapshot of the post-election political landscape and regulatory climate under the Trump Administration.  The following is a summary of the key highlights of Don’s presentation.   CPDA Members Review Key Issues in Preparation for Congressional Visits Across the nation, some 44 state assemblies now fall under Republican control and in 25 states, the GOP

President Trump Continues to Push for Regulatory Reform with New Executive Order

On February 24, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) directing the heads of federal agencies to designate a Regulatory Reform Officer to oversee the implementation of regulatory reform initiatives including the directives set forth in his previous EO issued on January 30th.  As reported previously, the January 30th EO establishes a “regulatory cap” for fiscal year 2017 and requires federal agencies that propose for public notice and comment or otherwise promulgate a new regulation to identify at least

CPDA Seeks Exemption for Final PRIA Actions from Administration’s Regulatory Freeze

On February 14, 2017, CPDA wrote to then-EPA Acting Administrator Catherine R. McCabe requesting that pesticide registration actions under PRIA be exempt from the regulatory freeze established under a January 20, 2017 White House memorandum mandating a temporary hold on all new or pending regulations so as to allow the Administration sufficient time to review these rule for questions of “fact, law and policy.”  The memorandum, issued by Reince Priebus who serves as President Trump’s Assistant and Chief of Staff, sets