The Pesticide and Fertilizer Programs regulate the sale and use of pesticides and fertilizers in Oregon with the following goals:
- Protect people and the environment from any adverse effects of pesticide use while maintaining the availability of pesticides for beneficial uses
- Assure that effective fertilizer, agricultural mineral, agricultural amendment, and lime products are provided for agricultural and consumer uses
Minor Crops Advisory Committee seeks members; submit Statements of Interest by Nov. 17, 2023
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is accepting Statements of Interest to fill six Minor Crops Advisory Committee positions.
A Minor Crops Advisory Committee is created to advise the ODA Director and the Oregon State University (OSU) Interregional Project Number 4 Program Coordinator on research to control pests on minor crops. Specialty crops are considered minor crops. The Committee advises ODA and OSU on research issues, develops recommendations on minor crop research grant allocations, cooperates with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Interregional Project Number 4 and the United States Environmental Protection Agency in obtaining federal registrations of pesticides for minor crop uses, and maintains close contact between the department and agricultural producers regarding the need for research.
Please submit Statements of Interest by close of business Nov. 17, 2023, to be considered for appointment.
Alert! EPA revoked chlorpyrifos tolerances on 2/28/22
EPA issued a final rule revoking all tolerances for the insecticide chlorpyrifos on Feb. 28, 2022. Lorsban or Dursban are some of the most common trade names for products containing chlorpyrifos.
EPA’s federal actions supersede ODA’s rule regarding use on food or feed crops.
Bottomline: Do not use chlorpyrifos on any food or feed crops after Feb. 27, 2022.
Alert! All Lorsban Advanced SLNs cancelled on 10/31/23
On October 31, 2023, all remaining Lorsban Advanced Special Local Need (SLN) registrations were voluntarily cancelled by Corteva Agriscience LLC (formerly Dow AgroSciences LLC). The federal registration for Lorsban Advanced was voluntarily cancelled with EPA on May 4, 2023. Therefore, these SLN registrations can no longer be maintained.
All Lorsban Advanced SLNs were non-food/non-feed uses, so they were not affected by EPA’s tolerance revocation in February 2023. However, since these SLNs are now cancelled, Lorsban Advanced may not be used under any Oregon SLN label after October 31, 2023. A list of the cancelled SLNs is provided in ODA’s cancellation letter to EPA, attached below. For more information on how to dispose of chlorpyrifos-containing products, please see the attached return policy from Corteva Agriscience, LLC, or please visit ODA’s Pesticide Stewardship page for more information on our waste pesticide collection events.
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