Technology Transfer

New reduced-risk pest management practices only
make a difference when they are used by a large
percentage of the agricultural community. New
tactics and technologies only will be adopted by a
broader audience through outreach, education, and
SAI Priorities
To facilitate the widespread adoption of reduced-
risk practices, the SAI and its collaborators use the
following methods:

    •  Grower meetings and grower-to-grower
    •  On-farm demonstrations, field days, and crop
    •  Workshops and conferences
    •  Advisory committees
    •  Published project results
    •  Best management practices
      Resistance management
      Impaired waterways
      Pollinator protection
      Endangered species protection
      Rodent and predator control in livestock
      Alternatives to emergency exemption requests
      Urban/rural interface and volatile pesticides
                                                             SAI Is Making A Differen
                                                     From 2003-2006, the SAI helped implement reduced-
                                                     risk pest management strategies on over 1.2 million
                                                     acres of farm land, leading to a 30 percent reduction
                                                     in the use of higher-risk pesticides on those acres.
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                                                                                                               Promoting the transition to reduced-risk

         The Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) of
         1996 requires that the U.S. Environmental
         Protection Agency (EPA) phase out—or
reduce the  risks from—many toxic and  persistent
pesticides used in  food  production.  Implementing
the FQPA has  significant impacts on specialty crops.
These impacts  are driving forces  in  the adoption
of  new  pest  management  strategies  by  specialty
crop growers. Because  some pesticides are  no longer
available  to them, growers need assistance identifying
and adopting  appropriate and effective  reduced-risk
alternatives.   Theses  alternatives include  biological
pesticides (biopesticides),  advanced pest monitoring,
pheromone mating  disruption, and  other Integrated
Pest Management (IPM) practices.
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Strategic Agricultural Initiative

The Strategic Agricultural Initiative (SAI)  is
an innovative partnership between EPA and the
agricultural community. SAI promotes the transition
away from higher-risk pesticides to agricultural and
                             pest management
                             practices that are
                             economically viable
                             and protect human
                             health and  the
                             environment. SAI
                             Regional Specialists
                             work with growers to
                             develop and access
                             new tools necessary to
make this transition. SAI provides:
      Grants and technical assistance
      Outreach and communication
      Collaboration with stakeholders
      Technology transfer
SAI Grants
Each year, SAI awards approximately $1.5 million in
competitive grants for projects.  Although the SAI is
funded nationally, grants are awarded through each
EPA Region—ensuring that funded projects address
each regions unique needs.  Projects address one or
more of the following goals:

    •  Use demonstration, outreach, and education
      to increase the adoption of reduced-risk/IPM
    •  Encourage partnerships to find regional
      solutions to pest management issues
    •  Measure and document the risk reduction
      to the environment, human health, and the

SAI Specialists - Working With

EPA designates one SAI Specialist in each of the ten
EPA Regions.  In addition to managing SAI grants,
SAI Specialists develop extensive partnerships with
a diverse array of agricultural stakeholders (e.g.,
growers, pesticide users, educators, USDA, and
universities). These interactive partnerships:

    •  Help translate Regional grower issues and
      perspectives to EPA
    •  Help communicate new developments at EPA
      to the agricultural community
    •  Provide technical assistance, outreach, and
    •  Facilitate new technology transfer

By facilitating a two-way dialogue between EPA and
the specialty crop growers, SAI ensures that EPA can
consider a variety of perspectives when acting on
important pest management issues.
Please contact the SAI Specialist in your Region for
more information on transition assistance.

SAI Partners and Collaborators
    •  Growers
      Agricultural associations
      Commodity groups
      Trade associations
      Universities and researchers
      Cooperative extension agents
      Food processors
      Environmental groups
      State Departments of Agriculture
      Regional IPM centers
      EPA National Agricultural Compliance
      Assistance Center
      U.S. Department of Agriculture
      Sustainable Agriculture, Research, and
      Education (SARE)
      Other Federal agencies
                                                                                                              SAI's John Butler (center) with Amish grower (left) and Cathy Thomas, IPM
                                                                                                              Coordinator ror the Pennsylvania Department ot Agriculture.