CLA presents at "Crops & Chemicals USA" event
Leggett addressed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) long-awaited Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) program, which is nearing launch. Leggett's presentation focused on what the program means for product labeling. The crop protection industry has been working with EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a number of years as they designed protocols for testing DRT for approval. Implementation of an effective DRT program is an excellent example of an EPA action designed to make applications safer and reduce the potential for environmental impacts without imposing restrictions. The DRT program is designed to provide incentives to growers adopting the latest technology for drift reduction by reducing the buffer restrictions on the label consistent with the reduction in potential for off-site movement due to the use of that technology.
At the outset, the program is focused on nozzle technology and therefore somewhat limited in scope. It is also likely to require a great deal of testing for registrants and application technology manufacturers to take advantage of the opportunities the program provides, adding to product development costs.
Despite some shortcomings, Leggett is optimistic. "The applied science in estimation of drift potential, the factors influencing drift and application technology continue to evolve,” he noted. “Introducing a DRT program is an important step, and industry is hopeful that the program will continue to evolve as the science and technology advances."
For more information about seed treatment technology, visit www.croplifeamerica.org/seedtreatment. For more information about drift mitigation, visit www.croplifeamerica.org/pesticide-issues/spray-drift.
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