The work that EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs does is essential to ensuring all farmers have the tools they need to protect their crops and proactively manage the risks of pesticide resistance. USA Rice supports the use of sound science to evaluate new and existing crop protection tools and for evaluating whether and under what circumstances, a biological entity is threatened or endangered. 

Being good stewards of the land includes being good stewards of crop protection tools available for controlling damaging weeds, insects, and disease by using a variety of products and crop rotation to prevent resistance. Effective resistance management relies on the availability of crop protection options that give farmers the ability to not overuse a single product. 

Recent News

  • ga-killer-bees-on-tumblr-160201 EPA Update: What’s Best for Pests

    Feb 01, 2016

    Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released their 2014 review of pesticide residue levels on produce, grain, salmon, and infant formula, and found that 99 percent of the samples had residue levels below the EPA limit. A total of 314 rice samples were taken and none contained residues over the legally established tolerance limit. View the full report here. Full story
  • cuban-cars-for-2016-ppt Financing for Cuba Trade OK’d, Ag Left Out

    Jan 28, 2016

    This week, the Obama administration announced a new Treasury rule that authorizes additional U.S. exports to Cuba and permits the private financing of these exports in an effort to strengthen trade relations not controlled by the Cuban government. In a joint announcement with the Secretary of the Treasury, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said the changes are designed to “strengthen civil society” in Cuba. Full story
  • ga-av-1011-receives-epa-registration-crow-160106 AV-1011, Anthraquinone-Based Bird Repellent, Receives EPA Registration for Rice

    Jan 06, 2016

    This week, in a positive development for the U.S. rice industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that some underlying issues with the bird repellent Anthraquinone have been resolved, clearing the way for the agency to issue a two-year Section 3 registration for use on rice. Full story