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-Court Rules Nationwide Stay on WOTUS-151009 Court Rules Nationwide Stay on WOTUS

    Oct 09, 2015

    This morning, by a 2-1 vote, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule nationwide, until it determines whether it has jurisdiction over the petitions for review. Full story
  • EPA logo Final Worker Protection Standards Rule a Litany of Overreach

    Sep 29, 2015

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted a pre-publication version of the final Worker Protection Standards (WPS) yesterday and held a multi-agency press conference call to share details. On the call, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy stated that the rule raised the age of non-family members applying agricultural pesticides from 16 to 18; moved training from every five years to annual; expanded training to include items such as how to not take pesticides home from work; required new recordkeeping to be held for two years; and required farms to follow OSHA standards for fit testing of masks and keeping of medical records. Full story
  • GA-Woe to US Today-150828 North Dakota Court on WOTUS: "Whoa" to EPA

    Aug 28, 2015

    The Clean Water Rule: Definition of 'Waters of the United States, better known as Waters of the U.S. or WOTUS, has been sidelined by a federal judge in theU.S. District Court of North Dakota who called the measure "exceptionally expansive." Full story