On March 29, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied a petition that sought to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide crucial to U.S. agriculture. Instead, EPA will focus its attention on updating and revising its human health assessment for chlorpyrifos under the standard procedures of the ongoing registration review process. The assessment is scheduled for completion on October 1, 2022, in order to support future decision-making. 

Stephanie Thara

On Friday March 24, 2017, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) registered the use of Sequoia™ insecticide as a Section 24(c) Special Local Need to control foxglove and lettuce aphids in leafy vegetables and Brassica vegetables. 

Sequoia is a member of a new class of chemistry, the sulfoximines, with excellent efficacy on sucking insects such as aphids, lygus, and certain scale insects. Additionally, there is no cross resistance to other chemistries such as organophosphates, pyrethroids, or neonicotinoids.

Stephanie Thara

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Crop Protection

Western Growers is engaged in the defense of critical crop protection tools and remains active at the federal, state and local levels.  When restrictions are necessary, we work with regulators to ensure they are based on science and that they protect public health without diminishing efficacy in the field. This marriage of science and policy is where Advocacy and Science & Technology units at Western Growers come together for the benefit of our members.

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Will this year be The Lost El Niño?

El Niño has already brought major rain and snow to California. But most of it is going straight out to the ocean. Why are we missing this opportunity to recover from the drought?