CAWG Statewide Update: Pest Management and Politics

Last month the California Department of Pesticide Regulation recommended new interim restrictions on the use of chlorpyrifos. The interim measures include:

  • Banning all aerial applications of chlorpyrifos.
  • Discontinuing its use on most crops.
  • Requiring a quarter-mile buffer zone during all allowed applications of the pesticide and for 24 hours afterwards.
  • Requiring a 150-foot setback from houses, businesses, schools and other sensitive sites at all times, regardless of whether the site is occupied at the time of application.

DPR recommends that county ag commissioners begin implementing the interim measures on January 1, 2019.

The Legislature is also likely to consider legislation related to chlorpyrifos. Lawmakers may also explore neonicotinoids and Roundup as well.

Nonprofit groups are expected to point to recent developments relative to these chemicals and then sponsor legislation in 2019 to restrict or ban their use. Debate on this type of legislation is often filled with hyperbole.

It is then up to scientists and ag groups to more fully inform the debate over this important public policy. The inevitable problem is that misinformation about chemicals is repeated over and over again, and far too often the facts just get lost.

Such is the politics of pest management.

Ed note: Article submitted by Michael Miiller, Director of Government Relations for the California Association of Winegrape Growers. Michael can be reached at michael@cawg.org.

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Spanish and English Language USDA Housing Fair 1:00 pm
Spanish and English Language USDA Housing Fair @ Glebe Hall
Mar 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Lake County Economic Development Corporation (Lake EDC), in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is planning a Spanish and English Language Community Housing Fair on Saturday, March 16, 1:00-3:00 p.m.  The[...]
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Pan American Training Session: Sexual Harassment Prevention & Agricultural Management Training 9:00 am
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Mar 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pan American Training Session: Sexual Harassment Prevention & Agricultural Management Training @ Big Valley Hall
This two-session workshop, presented by Pan American Insurance Services, will be conducted in Spanish for Spanish-speaking foreman, supervisors, and managers.   Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Big Valley Hall, 1510 Big Valley Road,[...]
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LCWC Executive Committee Meeting 2:00 pm
LCWC Executive Committee Meeting @ LCWC Office
Mar 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Agenda – LCWC Executive Committee, March 26, 2019
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LCWC Board Meeting @ LCWC Office
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Agenda – LCWC Board Meeting, March 26, 2019
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UC Davis Viticulture and Enology on the Road in Lake County 8:30 am
UC Davis Viticulture and Enology on the Road in Lake County @ Soper-Reese Community Theater
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UC Davis Viticulture and Enology on the Road in Lake County @ Soper-Reese Community Theater
  Since 2012, the Department of Viticulture and Enology has taken various researchers “on the road”. These educational seminars serve to not only communicate to the California wine industry the research being done here at[...]
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