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Agriculture Newsroom

We've selected these news releases, reports, and other documents from around EPA because they are of interest or direct importance to the environmental management or compliance efforts of the agricultural community.

April 12, 2019

EPA Proposes to Reduce TSCA Reporting Burden; Align Reporting with Amended TSCA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing amendments to the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule to better support Agency data collection efforts, align reporting with the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act by requiring that confidentiality claims be substantiated, and make chemical reporting easier by streamlining complex submissions.

April 11, 2019

Trump Administration to Help Rural Communities Grow Recreation Economy
Today, in support of the Trump Administration’s Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service and the Northern Border Regional Commission  in announcing assistance to help communities revitalize their economy through outdoor recreation.

EPA, DNREC, DHSS sign partnership agreement with Delaware State University to enhance environmental stewardship
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Delaware State University signed a renewed memorandum of understanding (MOU) to continue to work together to enhance research, teaching, outreach, career development, and stewardship in the environmental sciences at the university.

EPA Community Grants Available to Protect Public Health and the Environment in New England
The US Environmental Protection Agency is making grants available for New England communities to support EPA's "Back-to-Basics" agenda to reduce environmental risks, protect and improve human health and improve the quality of life. EPA New England's Healthy Communities Grant Program is accepting applications for projects that will benefit one or more New England communities. EPA plans to award about 10 cooperative agreements, for a total of approximately $250,000 under this funding opportunity. The deadline to submit applications is May 28.

April 9, 2019

EPA to Award $110,000 to Food Waste Management and Infrastructure Projects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the City of Madison, Wisconsin, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and Washington State University’s Energy Program have been selected to receive funding for projects to help reduce food waste and loss and divert food waste from landfills by expanding anaerobic digester capacity in the United States. These projects further the federal government’s efforts set forth in the Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative.

EPA, USDA, and FDA Unveil Formal Strategy to Reduce Food Waste, Bring State and Local Partners Together to Increase Collaboration
As part of the Trump Administration’s Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the release of a federal interagency strategy to address food waste. The agencies held an event at EPA headquarters to hear from state, local and community leaders and other stakeholders on how all levels of government can work together to reduce food waste.

EPA to Award $43,551 to Food Waste Management and Infrastructure Project in Vermont
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation was selected to receive funding for projects to help reduce food waste and loss and divert food waste from landfills by expanding anaerobic digester capacity in the United States. These projects further the federal government's efforts set forth in the Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative. 

EPA to Award $39,000 to Madison for Food Waste Management and Infrastructure Project
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the City of Madison, Wis., has been selected to receive funding to evaluate an anaerobic digester program to divert wasted food from landfills. Madison’s project is one of three selected projects nationwide which further the federal government’s Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative.  

April 2, 2019

EPA, USDA, and FDA Recognize April as Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) kick off Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month by calling for greater collaboration with public, private, and nonprofit partners as well as state and local officials to educate and engage consumers and stakeholders throughout the supply chain on the need to reduce food loss and waste.

March 26, 2019

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Concludes Visit to Cincinnati
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler concluded his visit to Cincinnati, Ohio where he toured the Andrew W. Breidenbach Environmental Research Center and delivered the keynote address at the 28th Annual Business and Industry's Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety Symposium.

March 25, 2019

EPA update on Bonita Peak Superfund site water treatment plant and sampling data
EPA released preliminary water quality sampling data related to the temporary shutdown of the Interim Water Treatment Plant at the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site at Gladstone, Colorado. EPA’s analysis confirms that there were no adverse impacts to downstream drinking water or agricultural users associated with the short-term shutdown of the plant based on data that indicate minimal to no changes in water quality at sampling points downstream of Silverton in Durango. There were no observed impacts to aquatic life. Any impacts to aquatic life would be limited to the Animas River near Silverton.

Assistant Administrator Issues Message about Protecting the Safety of our Farmworkers
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) Assistant Administrator Alexandra Dunn issued a statement in response to National Farmworker Awareness Week: "Today marks the beginning of National Farmworker Awareness Week. We depend on over 2 million agricultural workers in the U.S. to feed families around the world. No farmworker should have to suffer harm caused by pesticide exposure. A serious farmworker injury changes lives forever, for families, friends and entire communities. The health and welfare of our farmworkers is also essential to our abundant and healthful food supply..." Read the Assistant Administrator's full statement.

March 21, 2019

New RT25 Data Will Help Beekeepers and Farmers Protect Pollinators
EPA is updating its Residual Time to 25% Bee Mortality (RT25) Data table with information the agency has collected since the table was first published in 2014. EPA published the RT25 data as one of many actions we have taken since 2006 to protect pollinators.

EPA Releases for Public Comment Draft Guidance for Plant Regulators, Including Plant Biostimulants
EPA is releasing for public comment Draft Guidance for Plant Regulators, Including Plant Biostimulants.

March 20, 2019

EPA Administrator Wheeler's Wilson Center Remarks on Global Water Issues
As Administrator of the U.S. EPA, I believe that water issues are the largest and most immediate environmental and public health issues affecting the world right now.

March 19, 2019

U.S. EPA honors MGM Resorts’ Bellagio Hotel and Casino for leading food recovery efforts nationwide 
MGM Resorts International (MGM) was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its outstanding efforts in food recovery.

March 18, 2019

EPA extends application period for environmental educator awards
The application period has been extended for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE).

March 15, 2019

EPA Launches Environmental Justice Training for States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced training to build the capacity of states to integrate environmental justice into their decision-making process. Over the next year, EPA will conduct a national webinar series developed in collaboration with state partners.

March 11, 2019

EPA Applauds Presidential Signature of Key Pesticide Fees and Worker Protection Law
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) Assistant Administrator Alexandra Dapolito Dunn issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump signing into law S. 483, the “Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act of 2018,” also known as PRIA 4: “Since 2004, PRIA has been a key statute to ensuring timely review by EPA of pesticide registrations. PRIA 4 is supported by farmers and ranchers, environmental justice and worker protection organizations, and a broad array of manufacturers. EPA looks forward to implementing the new law to further the agency’s mission of protecting human health and the environment.”  

March 8, 2019

Paraquat Certified Applicator Training to Prevent Poisonings Now Available
A new certified applicator training module for paraquat dichloride (also known as paraquat) is now available. The training was developed by paraquat manufacturers as part of EPA’s 2016 risk mitigation requirements and approved by EPA.

March 4, 2019

Administrator Wheeler Announces New Staff Additions and Updated Assignments
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced new additions and assignments for EPA staff as he begins his first full week as Administrator following his Senate confirmation last Thursday.

March 1, 2019

Rescheduled Public Meeting - Environmental Modeling of Vapor-Phase Pesticides
EPA has rescheduled the Environmental Modeling Public Meeting to March 27, 2019. This meeting is a public forum for pesticide registrants, other stakeholders, and EPA to discuss current issues related to modeling pesticide fate, transport, and exposure for pesticide risk assessments in a regulatory context.  This meeting offers a forum for presentations on offsite exposure from vapor-phase pesticides.

March 2019 Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

  • Pesticides; Draft Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Plant Regulator Label Claims, Including Plant Biostimulants; Notice of Availability -- announcing the availability of and seeking public comment on a draft guidance document entitled “Guidance for Plant Regulator Label Claims, Including Plant Biostimulants.” Guidance documents are issued by the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) to inform pesticide registrants and other interested persons about important policies, procedures, and registration related decisions, and serve to provide guidance to pesticide registrants and OPP personnel. This draft guidance document is intended to clarify that products with label claims that are considered to be plant regulator claims are subject to regulation as a pesticide.  Comments must be received on or before May 28, 2019 (March 27)
  • Sulfometuron-methyl; Pesticide Tolerance -- establishes tolerances for residues of sulfometuron-methyl in or on sugarcane, cane (March 27)
  • Potassium Chloride; Receipt of Application for Emergency Exemption, Solicitation of Public Comment -- received a quarantine exemption request from the Maryland Department of Agriculture to use the pesticide potassium chloride to treat Hyde's Quarry in Carroll County, Maryland, to control zebra mussels. The Applicant proposes the use of a new chemical which has not been registered by EPA as a pesticide. EPA is soliciting public comment before making the decision whether to grant the exemption. Comments must be received on or before April 9, 2019 (March 25)
  • Notice of Receipt of Requests To Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations -- EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of requests by registrants to voluntarily cancel certain pesticide registrations. EPA intends to grant these requests at the close of the comment period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit its further review of the requests, or unless the registrants withdraw its requests. If these requests are granted, any sale, distribution, or use of the products listed in this notice will be permitted after the registrations have been cancelled only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order. Comments must be received on or before April 24, 2019 (March 25)
  • Mandipropamid; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of mandipropamid in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document (March 22)  
  • Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations and Amendments To Terminate Uses -- announces EPA's order for the cancellations and amendments to terminate uses, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) (March 19)  
  • Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Uses -- EPA has received applications to register new uses for pesticide products containing currently registered active ingredients. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications. Comments must be received on or before April 17, 2019 (March 18)
  • Registration Review Proposed Interim Decisions for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability -- announces the availability of EPA's proposed interim registration review decisions and opens a 60-day public comment period on the proposed interim decisions for the following pesticides: Aviglycine hydrochloride, buprofezin, diflubenzuron, lufenuron, oxytetracycline, prohexadione calcium, pymetrozine, streptomycin, tebuthiuron, and thiobencarb. This notice also announces the availability of EPA's human health and ecological risk assessments for the pesticides oxytetracycline and streptomycin and opens a 60-day public comment period on the risk assessments. Comments must be received on or before May 17, 2019 (March 18)
  • Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Uses -- received applications to register new uses for pesticide products containing currently registered active ingredients. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications. Comments must be received on or before April 17, 2019 (March 18)
  • Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Active Ingredients -- EPA has received applications to register pesticide products containing active ingredients not included in any currently registered pesticide products. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications. Comments must be received on or before April 17, 2019 (March 18)  
  • Pesticide Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application; Comment Request -- announces EPA's receipt of application requesting an experimental use permit (EUP) for chlormequat chloride. EPA has determined that the permit may be of regional or national significance. Therefore, because of the potential significance, EPA is seeking comments on this application. Comments must be received on or before April 17, 2019 (March 18)
  • Interim Registration Review Decisions and Case Closures for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability -- announces the availability of EPA's interim registration review decision for the following chemicals: Ammonia and Ammonium Sulfate, Azoxystrobin, Benfluralin, Chloropropham, Clomazone, Cytokinins, Dichlobenil, Diflufenzopyr and Diflufenzopyr-sodium, Fenhexamid, Fluopicolide, Fluridone, Indole-3-Butyric Acid, Indoxacarb, Naphthenate Salts, Nuranone, Prometryn, Spinetoram, Spinosad, Trifloxystrobin, and (Z)-9-tricosene. It also announces the amended interim decisions for Ethalfluralin and Hexazinone. In addition, it announces the closure of the registration review case for triforine because the last U.S. registrations for this pesticide have been canceled (March 18)
  • Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities -- announces the Agency's receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities. Comments must be received on or before April 17, 2019 (March 18)
  • Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities -- announces the Agency's receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities. Comments must be received on or before April 17, 2019 (March 18)
  • Pesticide Maintenance Fee: Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations -- announces EPA's order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of the products listed in Table 1 of Unit III., pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) (March 14)
  • Methoxyfenozide; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of methoxyfenozide in or on imported tea.
  • S-Metolachlor; Pesticide Tolerances -- establishes tolerances for residues of S-metolachlor in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document (March 11).
  • Notice of Receipt of Requests To Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations and Amend Registrations To Terminate Certain Uses -- In accordance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of requests by the registrants to voluntarily cancel certain pesticide product registrations and to amend certain product registrations to terminate uses. Comments must be received on or before April 4, 2019 (March 5)
  • Notice of Receipt of Requests To Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations -- In accordance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of requests by registrants to voluntarily cancel certain pesticide registrations. Comments must be received on or before September 3, 2019 (March 5)

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February 28, 2019

U.S. EPA settles with E. & J. Gallo Winery of Fresno, Calif., over chemical safety violations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached a settlement with E. & J. Gallo Winery to resolve risk management violations at its wine production facility in Fresno, Calif. E. & J. Gallo Winery, the world’s largest privately held wine company, will pay a $57,839 civil penalty and spend an estimated $350,000 to reduce the risk of chemical accidents at its facility.

EPA Exhibit at 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show Highlights the Ecological Power of Flowers
This year’s Philadelphia Flower Show showcases the Power of Flowers, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s exhibit “E=mc2: Eco-Power” hits the mark.  The exhibit shows how elements of a formal garden such as using native plants and on-site water management techniques can help power an ecosystem while enhancing the landscape.

February 27, 2019

EPA Announces Development of Water Reuse Action Plan
At a water reuse workshop in San Francisco, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the development of a Water Reuse Action Plan that will leverage the expertise of both industry and government to ensure the effective use of the Nation’s water resources.

February 21, 2019

Extension for Complying with Certain Antimicrobial Product Performance Test Guidelines to August 28, 2019
EPA is extending the testing compliance implementation deadline by six months for three final guidelines. EPA announced the availability of final test guidelines for “Series 810 – Product Performance Test Guidelines: Group B – Antimicrobial Efficacy Test Guidelines” on February 28, 2018. The Product Performance 810 Efficacy guidelines are a series of documents that provide recommendations for the design and execution of laboratory studies to evaluate the effectiveness of antimicrobial pesticides that work against public health pests.

U.S. EPA orders Greka to study potential hazardous waste releases at Santa Maria, Calif. Refinery
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered Greka to conduct sampling at its Santa Maria, Calif. refinery to determine whether improper storage and management of hazardous wastes contaminated local soil and groundwater. Greka’s Santa Maria facility is surrounded by agricultural land and close to residential neighborhoods of Santa Maria and Guadalupe.

February 19, 2019

Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Training, Notification, and Recordkeeping (Renewal)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted the following information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA): “Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Training, Notification, and Recordkeeping” (EPA ICR Number 2491.04 and OMB Control Number 2070-0190).

February 13, 2019

EPA Acting Administrator Wheeler Signs MOU with National FFA Organization to Enhance Environmental Education
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a first-time Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National FFA Organization to advance educational outreach for EPA’s ongoing environmental and public health initiatives. 

February 6, 2019

EPA and Army Announce Public Hearing on Proposed New “Waters of the United States” Definition
Following President Trump’s directive to provide certainty to American farmers and landowners so that the economy can continue to expand while waters are protected, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (Army) are moving to the next steps in proposing a new definition of the “Waters of the United States.” EPA and the Army will hold a public hearing on the proposed new “Waters of the United States” definition in Kansas City with sessions on February 27 and 28, 2019. All persons wanting to speak are encouraged to register in advance. EPA and the Army will also hold an informational webcast on February 14, 2019.

EPA Acting Administrator Wheeler Promotes President Trump's State of the Union Address In GA
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler visited Georgia today to promote President Trump's successful State of the Union address. While meeting with local and state officials at McCorkle Nursery in Dearing, Georgia, Acting Administrator Wheeler discussed EPA's ongoing efforts to redefine the “Waters of the United States” rule as well as EPA's efforts to improve America's infrastructure through reforms in the Agency and direct funding through EPA's Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. Finally he unveiled EPA's new nutrient reduction policy.

February 5, 2019

EPA’s Chemical Safety Office Launches Twitter Account
EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) is excited to talk about what’s going on in our office and share our work with everyone. To help with that we’ve launched a Twitter account, @EPAChemSafety. Follow this account for the latest news on chemicals and pesticides, updates on our chemical review initiatives under TSCA, information on upcoming webinars and public meetings, and much more. 

February 1, 2019

Applications Now Being Accepted for K-12 Student and Teacher Awards
Applications are now being accepted for the President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) and The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators Award (PIAEE).

EPA Signs MOU with The Water Research Foundation Advancing Nutrient Management Efforts
As part of the Trump Administration’s commitment to protecting America’s waters through smart partnerships and market-based approaches, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The Water Research Foundation (WRF) to accelerate progress on reducing excess nutrients in the nation’s waterways.

February 2019 Pesticide Registration Requests, Actions, and Tolerance Updates

January 31, 2019

EPA Appoints New Members to the Science Advisory Board and Subcommittees
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the appointment of members who will serve on the Science Advisory Board (SAB) and four subcommittees including; the Agricultural Science Committee (ASC), the Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee (CAAC), the Drinking Water Committee (DWC), and the Radiation Advisory Committee (RAC).  

January 28, 2019

EPA Releases 2018 Year in Review Highlighting Agency Accomplishments and Environmental Progress under President Trump & Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the 2018 Year in Review outlining major accomplishments and environmental progress during the Trump Administration.