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EPA Recognizes 13 Leaders for Pesticide Stewardship

Release Date: 09/15/2004
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Enesta P. Jones 202-564-7873 /

(09/15/04) EPA is recognizing 13 members of the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) for their outstanding efforts in pollution prevention and pesticide risk reduction. The 2004 "PESP Champions" used most or all of the following integrated pest management (IPM) strategies to reduce the human health and environmental risks associated with pesticide use: (1) sampling to accurately determine pest population levels, (2) training and demonstrating IPM practices, (3) employing cultural practices such as crop rotation or removing food and habitat for structural pests, (4) controlling or managing pests through biologically based technologies, (5) applying less toxic or reduced-risk pesticides such as insect growth regulators, and (6) using conventional pesticides only when absolutely necessary. The 2004 "PESP Champions" are Almond Board of California, Modesto, Calif.; Aquila, Pueblo, Colo.; Artichoke Research Association, Salinas, Calif.; Central Coast Vineyard Team, Templeton, Calif.; Fischer Environmental Services Inc., Mandeville, La.; Gerber Products Company, Fremont, Mich.; Glades Crop Care Inc., Jupiter, Fla.; International Cut Flower Growers Association, Haslett, Mich.; IPM Institute of North America Inc., Madison, Wis.; Lodi-Woodbridge Wine Grape Commission, Lodi, Calif.; New York Power Authority, New York, N.Y.; U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.; and U.S. Hop Industry Plant Protection Committee, Moxee, Wash. Established in 1994, PESP is a voluntary program that forges partnerships with pesticide users to implement pollution-prevention strategies and reduce the health and environmental risks associated with pesticide use. PESP began with 16 charter members and now has 147 members. More information on the accomplishments of the 2004 PESP Champions is available at: .