November 22, 2016

Take Action on Pesticide Use Near Schools Regulation

The last public hearing to gather stakeholder input about Department of Pesticide Regulation’s recently proposed regulation on agricultural pesticide use near schools will be on December 1, 2016 in Salinas.

Western Growers’ members are highly encouraged to participate in this hearing and voice their concerns about how this regulation would affect operations, as DPR will use this input to develop the new regulation. Members are also encouraged to send emails and letters to DPR. Pre-scripted messages are available on Western Growers Voter Voice Campaign website here.

The proposed regulation, which is slated to take effect in September 2017, prohibits certain pesticide applications within ¼ mile of a schoolsite and requires notification of other pesticide applications within ¼ mile of a schoolsite. Full details about the proposed regulation can be found on the DPR website.

Western Growers is concerned that this newly proposed regulation is not based on sound science and may cause unforeseen consequences for both growers and schools. We will continue to express serious concerns on the issue, and we need our members to express theirs, as well. The last day DPR will be accepting public comments will be December 9, 2016.

Thursday, December, 1, 2016 at 6.00 p.m.
Salinas Sports Complex
Exhibition Mall
1034 N. Main Street
Salinas, CA 93906


For more information, please contact Matthew Allen at (916) 446-1435.