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

  • Agriculture Abuzz Over EPA Pollinator Efforts

    Jan 19, 2017

    On the heels of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listing the Rusty Patch Bumblebee as an endangered species, EPA released several documents late last week on the risks to bees from pesticide use. The first document is a non-binding policy statement outlining new recommended labeling statements for mitigation of acute risks to bees from pesticide products. Pesticide registrants can voluntarily adopt the new labeling statements, but EPA cannot compel compliance. Full story
  • Rep.-Rick-Crawford, headshot SPCC Comes Around Again

    Jul 13, 2016

    EPA’s Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Rule for Farms is back in the works again. Originally finalized several years ago, Congress used the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) in 2014 to mandate a higher exemption threshold of 6,000 gallons from the original 1,320 gallons Full story
  • treated seeds Lawsuit Could Put an End to Treated Seeds

    May 04, 2016

    A disturbing lawsuit brought against the U.S. EPA could forever change the nature of seeds and pesticides and threaten the future of treated seeds. Full story