Pesticide registrants, applicators and educators presented special session for registrants and federal agencies
ARINGTON, VA, (April 19, 2016) – RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment)® hosted an interactive, special session for more than 65 registrants, federal agency staffers and industry members last week at the 2016 RISE-CropLife America Spring Conference.
“EPA Labels Live! Pesticide Labels from the Lab to Your Neighborhood” provided the opportunity to educate participants on the life cycle of specialty pesticide products and how each decision of the life cycle is purpose-built to ensure products are effective and can be used safely. Throughout the session, industry leaders representative of every stage of the process, including registrants, applicators and educators, demonstrated how stewardship is incorporated from research and development through application.
“It is important to have open and honest dialogue with federal agencies to share how each one of us plays an integral role in the product life cycle,” said Karen Larson, RISE Regulatory Affairs Committee chairman and vice president, Regulatory Affairs, Clarke. “This session allowed our members to have a conversation with regulators outside of a regulated context, and showed both parties how we are all working towards a common goal.”
Participants cycled through seven stages, discussing important topics including, problem identification, efficacy testing, label changes, stewardship in research and development, and pesticide safety education. The session concluded with a questions and answers session that allowed for time to address any misconceptions, pending questions, and highlights from the stations’ conversations.
“We plan to continue these conversations with federal agencies to ensure there is an understanding about how purposeful development is throughout all stages of the specialty pesticide product life cycle,” said RISE President Aaron Hobbs. “This session exceeded our expectations and we want to thank everyone involved for their participation.”
For more information about the pesticide product life cycle, visit PestFacts.com.
Located in Washington, D.C., RISE is the national association representing the manufacturers, formulators, distributors and other industry leaders involved with pesticide and fertilizer products used in vector control, turf, ornamental, pest control, aquatic and terrestrial vegetation and other non-food/fiber applications. Learn more about RISE at www.debugthemyths.com.