CAST Released Compilation Paper on FIFRA-ESA at CropLife & RISE Regulatory Conference

CAST celebrated a milestone in agricultural and environmental research with the release of its compilation paper, “FIFRA, ESA, and Pesticide Consultation: Understanding and Addressing the Complexities,” at the recent CropLife & RISE Regulatory Conference held on April 17 in Washington, DC.

The event featured a presentation from Bernalyn McGaughey (Compliance Services International) and Stanley Culpepper (University of Georgia), followed by an insightful panel discussion. Panelists included Ashlea Frank (Compliance Services International), Michael Aerts (Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association), Leah Duzy (Compliance Services International), and Austin Gellings (Association of Equipment Manufacturers). These experts shared their extensive knowledge and perspectives, contributing to a rich dialogue on the intricate balance required between agricultural practices and environmental preservation.

The compilation paper serves as the culmination of a comprehensive six-part webinar series that began on November 28, 2023. This series addressed pivotal roles and challenges within the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), focusing on the dynamic between agricultural efficiency, environmental sustainability, and regulatory stability. The discussions ranged from historical challenges, legal aspects, and the impact of scientific advancements on the pesticide consultation process to economically effective mitigation strategies and the role of state regulatory agencies.

CAST thanks all the speakers, panelists, and participants who contributed their time and expertise to both the webinar series and the paper release event. The organization also appreciates the engaged audience of stakeholders, policymakers, scientists, and industry professionals who attended and contributed to the discussions.

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