• EPA Staff Experiences Rice Country Firsthand

    Jul 06, 2017
    Last week USA Rice and the Louisiana Rice Growers Association (LARGA) hosted six staff members from across the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs to experience rice growing and milling firsthand here in Louisiana.
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  • USA Rice’s Ward Sees EPA’s Pruitt as a Partner, Not an Opponent

    Mar 31, 2017
    USA Rice President and CEO Betsy Ward met yesterday with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and thanked him for his back to basics approach to science-based regulation.
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  • EPA Delays Compliance Date for New Pesticide Applicator Certification Rule

    Mar 22, 2017
    This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delayed the compliance deadline for the updated Certification of Pesticide Applicators rule from March 6 until May 22, 2017. Among other things, the new rule has stricter competency standards for those applying restricted use pesticides and establishes a minimum age for certified applicators.
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  • Pruitt Through Committee Following Rule Suspension

    Feb 02, 2017
    Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt's nomination to head the EPA has been advanced out of committee to the full Senate for consideration.
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  • Amidst Senate Drama, Trump EPA Designee Remains in Limbo

    Feb 01, 2017
    As decorum breaks down in the Capitol over President Trump's designees and nominees for cabinet, sub-cabinet posts, and now the Supreme Court, his pick for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, was once again, put on hold.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Rice States Must Begin Section 18 Emergency Exemption Requests for AV-1011

    Oct 29, 2015
    Departments of agriculture in states with rice producers affected by bird consumption of rice seed need to begin applying for Section 18 Emergency Exemption Requests for AV-1011 (anthraquinone) bird repellent as soon as possible in order to have approvals from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a timely fashion. Section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizes EPA to allow an unregistered use of a pesticide for a limited time if EPA determines that an emergency condition exists.
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  • 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.
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  • Final Worker Protection Standards Rule a Litany of Overreach

    Sep 29, 2015
    U.S. Rice - the feel good foodThe 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.
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