The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) invites you to participate in a series of six webinars that will shed light on the impact of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on agricultural resources and the environment. These webinars will be held in conjunction with the release of their corresponding paper. The full release of all six papers is expected in mid-April.
All webinars will be from 12-1 p.m. CST (subject to change.) They will be hosted by Bernalyn McGaughey, President and CEO of Compliance Services International, and Stanley Culpepper, Professor of Crop and Soil Sciences at the University of Georgia, along with authors from the different essays.
Title: FIFRA and the Endangered Species Act: Finding a Balance Between Agricultural Efficiency, Environmental Sustainability, and Regulatory Stability
Focus: This webinar will cover the history and challenges of FIFRA and the ESA.
Title: A Legal Discussion of the FIFRA/ESA Consultation Process Over Time
Focus: It will cover the legal aspects of both the ESA and FIFRA and the process that EPA has used to meet those obligations in the past with a look at how that differs from its current proposal.
Title: Improving the Science Behind the Process: Implementing Better Data and Tools to Streamline the FIFRA/ESA Process
Focus: This webinar will cover the threat of pesticides on species listed on the ESA, how science can better inform FIFRA and ESA assessments, and how the FIFRA/ESA process can be streamlined.
Title: Developing and Adopting Economically Effective Mitigation Strategies: Critical to the Survival of Agriculture and Endangered Species
Focus: This webinar will cover the intersection of pesticide registration and mitigation measures, the role of conservation programs in mitigation pesticide movement, as well as best practices for land management.
Title: FIFRA, ESA and Pesticide Consultation: Understanding and Addressing the Complexities
Focus: This webinar will cover the complexities and issues of pesticide use labeling, such as use in different geographies, what is practical for pesticide appliers, and lack of harmonization. Possible solutions to address these complexes will also be discussed.
Focus: This essay will examine the relevant provisions of both the ESA and FIFRA, provide an overview of EPA’s past attempts to meet its ESA responsibilities, and finally take a look at EPA’s most recent policy proposals while comparing them to previous efforts.
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