October 25, 2016

Voice Your Opinion on Pesticide Use Near Schools Regulation

The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) will be holding three public hearings to gather stakeholder input about a recently proposed regulation on agricultural pesticide use near schools and child daycare centers. Western Growers’ members are highly encouraged to participate in these hearings and voice their concerns about how this regulation would affect operations, as DPR will use this input to develop the new regulation.

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.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center
Oxnard Room
800 Hobson Way
Oxnard, CA 93030

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Tulare Veterans Memorial Building
1771 E. Tulare Avenue
Tulare, CA 93274

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.