Endangered Species Act To Be Addressed at Florida Citrus Show

Morgan Cole Events, FCS24

During the Florida Citrus Show’s general session, Mike Aerts, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association vice president, science and regulatory affairs, will address how the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is being used to challenge the registration of key crop protection materials.

The ESA has already been used to knock down the use of two active ingredients specific to citrus. Currently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is drafting strategies to better account for the ESA in new pesticide registrations and reregistration of existing active ingredients. The agency indicates it is doing this because it has not adequately accounted for the ESA in its history of registering pesticides and has been routinely losing lawsuits brought against it using the ESA as cause.

Aerts will provide an update on this important issue and inform growers and industry members how they can get involved and speak out on behalf of ag interests as this process evolves. Don’t miss this presentation. It can and will affect the way you grow your crops.

Register now for the Florida Citrus Show! Registration, sponsored by Redox Bio-Nutrients, is complimentary for commercial growers, farm owners and managers, professional crop advisers, association executives and board members, and the government, legislative and agricultural research communities.

Is your company interested in exhibiting? Fill out a registration form here. More opportunities to get in front of growers are available by sponsoring the Florida Citrus Show. Reach out to events@agnetmedia.com for details.

Seminar session schedules will be available soon. To learn more about the Florida Citrus Show, including host hotel information, visit FloridaCitrusShow.com.