WASHINGTON, D.C.—After years under time-consuming and costly regulatory burdens, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 proposes significant reforms to streamline the process of getting new technology to market that will improve and strengthen harvests while still maintaining wildlife health.
Read below to see the support for the regulatory reforms in the 2018 Farm Bill. Click on the links to view the full letters.
“The proposed form of interagency cooperation and integration of decision-making will replace duplicated efforts, wasted federal and private resources and a de facto deadlock that delays timely approvals of FIFRA regulated products and yet fails to provide additional benefits to threatened and endangered species or habitat.” – Jay Vroom, CEO, CropLife America
“Farming is an inherently unpredictable business which makes certainty in the regulatory space all the more important. The reforms included in the 2018 Farm Bill would increase the global competitiveness of American agriculture, encourage much needed innovation, and reduce costs on American farmers and ranchers at a time when they can least afford it.” – Pesticide Policy Coalition
“A strong and timely Farm Bill is imperative, particularly during this prolonged period of depressed commodity prices and uncertainties around regulation, trade, and labor.” – Andy Lee, CEO & President, Valent USA
“The language that you have advanced serves to clarify the roles of EPA and the Services, and seeks to establish a predictable and efficient regulatory process for better protecting species and registering pesticides.” – Eric Cowling, Executive Vice President, Helena Chemical Company
“…Section 9111 of H.R. 2 would make key improvements to the pesticide registration process, particularly the requirement that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consult with federal wildlife agencies to ensure that a pesticide registration will not have adverse impacts on threatened and endangered species or their habitat. Unfortunately, the process for integrating the requirements of FIFRA and Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act has become chaotic and inefficient, ensuring neither protection for species nor legal certainty for many indispensable crop protection products. This provision in H.R. 2 will make important improvements to make the process more effective and in alignment with the original intent of the Congress.” – Jim Blome, President, Bayer CropScience
“BASF is pleased to see that Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) reform was included in H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, to address procedural challenges related to protecting threatened and endangered species and their habitat.” – Paul Rea, Senior Vice President, BASF
“On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we are writing to convey our support and appreciation for the inclusion of critical regulatory relief measures relating to duplicative environmental permitting under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) in the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, (H.R. 2). As you aware, these provisions would provide regulatory relief to our nation’s farmers as well as foster the protection of public health and natural resources.” – NPDES Coalition
“On behalf of the U.S. Biostimulant Coalition (USBC), the Biological Products Industry Alliance (BPIA), the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and the Humic Products Trade Association, we write to thank you for including language in the House Agriculture Committee farm bill, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, which will provide regulatory clarity for the biostimulant industry. This much needed regulatory clarity will help growers, the biostimulant industry, agricultural retailers, state regulatory officials, and other stakeholders.” – ASTA, BPIA, BIO, USBC, HPTA
“The text of H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 includes in the Horticulture title regulatory improvements that specifically acknowledge the cooperative role of pesticide regulatory officials within the State lead agencies by both clarifying their exclusive jurisdiction in intrastate commerce and ensuring their involvement in all aspects of development and implementation of federal pesticide regulations.” – Coalition Supporting State Lead Agency Provision