GPCA Bug Bytes
By Connie Rogers
In this issue: News from NPMA, Legislative Action Alert
Right now, 47 House and 9 Senate Conferees are negotiating the final version of the Farm Bill. As you know, the Farm Bill is the vehicle in which our industry has the opportunity to amend FIFRA, the law that governs pesticide use. Unlike any other point in recent history, this Farm Bill includes proactive language to advance the ability of pest management professionals to defend public health and property from unwanted pests. Specifically, the reforms that NPMA is advocating for:
- Codifies pesticide preemption at the state level, preventing localities form irresponsibly regulating the sale and use of pesticides and solidifying the ability of State Lead Agencies to regulate use of pesticides.
- Fixes the broken pesticide consultation process between FIFRA and the Endangered Species Act
- Eliminates the need for unnecessary and redundant National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permits (NPDES)
NPMA’s preferred regulatory reform language is in the House version of the bill, but not the Senate version. It is imperative that you make your voice heard to the Farm Bill conferees so we can bolster the pest management industry for generations to come. Let’s do this and secure regulatory reform language in the final version!