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CPDA Application Enhancement Certification Program Information

Pesticide application stewardship and training are a continued need within the agricultural industry.  Programs in the past focused narrowly on control of drift, rather than optimization of an application based on nozzle and product selection.  These programs sparked interest but did not result in a tangible path forward. Applicators are hungry for guidance in making more efficacious and on-target applications.  To meet this industry need, and at the urging of academia, CPDA began socializing the concept of an Application Enhancement Certification Program in 2019. The proposed program recognizes that drift control without biological efficacy is not a successful application and is designed to provide a more complete picture of the likely outcome of the application. This is achieved by highlighting the positive interactions between pesticide formulation type, various nozzle designs and adjuvant selection. The information provided through this program will provide applicators with an easy to understand visual of how to best manage nozzle and adjuvant selection based on the formulation type of the pesticides to be applied.

What is the purpose of the Application Enhancement Certification Program?

Pesticide application stewardship and training are a continued need within the agricultural industry.  Programs in the past focused narrowly on control of drift, rather than optimization of an application based on nozzle and product selection.  These programs sparked interest but did not result in a tangible path forward.

Applicators are hungry for guidance in making more efficacious and on-target applications.  To meet this industry need, and at the urging of academia, CPDA began socializing the concept of an Application Enhancement Certification Program in 2019. The proposed program recognizes that drift control without biological efficacy is not a successful application and is designed to provide a more complete picture of the likely outcome of the application. This is achieved by highlighting the positive interactions between pesticide formulation type, various nozzle designs and adjuvant selection. The information provided through this program will provide applicators with an easy to understand visual of how to best manage nozzle and adjuvant selection based on the formulation type of the pesticides to be applied.

This document outlines the rationale and initial protocol for the launch of CPDA’s Application Enhancement Certification (AEC). The data collected is a factual finding of how various application parameters affect droplet size and the data represents the actual droplet size distributions for each treatment.  In no way should the data generated be used to supersede the label requirement for a given pesticide or adjuvant.

Neither participation in the Application Enhancement Certification Program, the data collected, nor the information generated, by the testing be considered or implied as an endorsement of any product by CPDA.

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Base Test Protocol – Minimum

The applicant is responsible for the cost for testing each candidate adjuvant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Pesticide Application Technology Laboratory. The cost for testing each candidate adjuvant is as follows:

$4,800 for the standard four nozzles and pesticide formulations specified in the base protocol.

To minimize costs to the applicant, CPDA reimburses the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Pesticide Application Technology Laboratory for the cost of testing the controls in the base protocol.

Base Test Protocol plus Additional Nozzles Prior to Certification

At the Applicant’s discretion, additional nozzles may be tested during the initial Base Protocol testing. Each additional nozzle tested during the initial testing of the base protocol will incur an additional cost of $1,000.

1 nozzle X (4  pesticide formulations + 4 controls).

Additional Nozzles Tested Post Certification

Applicants may submit to have additional nozzles tested after the Applicant’s product is Certified. Each nozzle tested during in this situation will incur a cost of $1,600. 1 nozzle X (4 pesticide formulations + 4 controls).

Payment for Services

Based on the fees identified above, the applicant is responsible for all testing expenses incurred from their submissions. Payments are due upon invoice receipt from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Pesticide Application Technology (PAT) Laboratory.

Application Enhancement Certification Fee Structure

Application and Renewal fees are listed below. Application fees are due once a product is approved for CPDA Certification and provides certification for a period of three (3) years. A Renewal Certification process is conducted and invoiced every 3 years after the initial approval.

 

Initial Certification      Sub-Certification

CPDA Members                      $1000                          $1000

Non Members                         $1250                          $1250

 

Renewal                   Sub-renewal

CPDA Members                      $  500                          $  500

Non Members                         $  625                          $  625

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How to Apply for Certification?

To apply for certification under the program and access to all forms and supporting documentation associated with the CPDA Application Enhancement Certification Program:

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