The revisions to the federal worker protection regulations for pesticides, the Worker Protection Standard (WPS), went into effect on January 2, 2017, as originally scheduled.

This follows the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) denial of a petition from the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and American Farm Bureau to delay the January 2, 2017 implementation date.

Stephanie Thara

Western Growers (WG) is working to assemble a group of pest control and crop advisors to assist in the prioritization, development and implementation of WG activities to advance and defend crop protection chemistries important to fruit, nut and vegetable growers in California, Arizona and Colorado. 

The initiative is being led by the WG Science and Tech and Government Affairs offices.

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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Western Growers members care deeply for the food they grow, the land they sustain, the people they employ, and the community in which they live. 

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