GPCA Bug Bytes
By Connie Rogers
April 3, 2018
In this issue: NPMA Legislative Action Alert
The US House of Representatives Agriculture Committee introduced language for the 2018 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 professionals to defend public health and property from unwanted pests. Specifically, the fix NPMA is advocating for:
-Codifies pesticide preemption at the state level, preventing localities from 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).
Partisan bickering over food nutrition programs (SNAP) endangers the passage of the Farm Bill. This makes it even more imperative for you to let your elected Representative understand your support of the Farm Bill and the negative ramifications on the pest management industry if not reauthorized prior to the September deadline.