The Monthly e-Bulletin of PESP | October 2009
ESB National Conference is Almost
Two Weeks Away!
Please join us for the Environmental Stewardship Branch
(ESB) national conference, The New Pesticide Environmental
Stewardship Program (PESP): Building Stronger Partnerships
for Effective Environmental Stewardship. The conference will
be held Tuesday, November 17 and Wednesday, November
1 8, 2009 in the ground floor south conference room of EPA
Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.
Just Announced!
EPA's School 1PM Program Field Trip
Following the conference on November 1 8th, 2009, EPA's School
IPM Program will lead a school walk-thru at Triangle Tot's, EPA's
child development center managed by Bright Horizons, Inc. at
the Ronald Regan Building, Washington DC. Along with EPA, Dr.
Tom Green, President of the IPM Institute of N.A. and founder of
the nationally renowned school IPM certification program, IPM
STAR will lead the hour long walk-thru. Triangle Tots is part of
the General Service Administration's space and so as part of the
federal government facilities, they are committed to practicing
and implementing an IPM program.
Agenda Highlights
•	The New Vision for PESP: Driving Environmental Innovation
in Pest Management
•	New PESP Overview
•	PESP Member Success Story & Discussion
•	Leveraging the Power of Public-Private Partnerships &
•	Awards Ceremony
•	Sustainable Agriculture: Growers Protecting Their Most
Valuable Resource - the Earth
•	Community IPM: An Integrative Approach to Reducing Risk
Where We Live, Work, and Play
•	Restoring the Chesapeake Bay: Opportunities for
•	PESP Strategy Workshop: Live, Work, Play, Farm
•	Listening to Our Members: Feedback and ESB Response
•	Other Partnership and Grant Opportunities for PESP
•	Collaboration > Innovation > Healthier Communities and a
Healthier Planet
For additional information piease go to the event web site:
http: / /
PESP Member for the Month
Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission
Lodi, California
PESP Member Since 1 997
Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission, formed by local wine
grape growers in 1991, now represents almost 800 winegrow-
ers farming nearly 80,000 acres of winegrapes. The number of
"Lodi" labeled wines has grown from only a handful in 1 991 to
over 100 Lodi brands today. Lodi-Woodbridge's Winegrape
Commission's notable achievements include:
•	launching the wine industry's most successful district-wide
sustainable viticultural program to reduce pesticide use
and sustain California vineyards for generations to come.
The cornerstone of this program is "The Lodi Winegrowers
Workbook," which utilizes a 'whole farm' approach. The
Workbook provides: a roadmap to help growers achieve
sustainable winegrowing; educational information for
implementing specific sustainable winegrowing practices;
a way for growers to measure the level of adoption
of sustainable winegrowing on their farms and a way
to track improvements; the
opportunity for adding market
value to the winegrape crop
through environmental product
labeling or "green" labeling,
and it documents the level of sustainable winegrowing
adoption throughout the entire district.
•	establishing The Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing
- California's first sustainable winegrowing standards.
The Lodi Rules are based on the Workbook and are
designed to lead to measurable improvements in the
surrounding ecosystem, society-at-large, and wine quality.
Participating growers can get their vineyards certified
as producing sustainably-grown winegrapes. Vineyards
in the Lodi Rules program are certified by Protected
Harvest, a non-profit organization that endorses farmers'
use of stringent environmental farming standards.
Inside This Issue
The NEW PESP: Building Stronger Partnerships for Effective
Environmental Stewardship....											1
PESP Member of the Month	1
Announcements	2
Upcoming Conferences, Meetings, and Events....					...3
OPP News	4
Grant Opportunities	7
October 2009

NAFTA Biopesticide Workshop
Evaluating the Value of Biopesticides:
Product Development, Value Assessment and Integration into
IPM Systems
December 9, 2009 - 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
Government Conference Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
This workshop brings together growers, researchers,
registrants and regulators to discuss key issues, challenges and
opportunities, and to share strategies and solutions associated
with the integration of biopesticides into pest management
systems. The focus will be on perspectives concerning suitable
criteria and techniques to determine the value and market
potential when integrating new biopesticides into conventional
farming systems. The workshop will consist of presentations
by key leaders from research, industry and government,
followed by break out sessions on specific issues and a wrap-
up plenary session.
Agenda Highlights:
•	U.S. Registration of Biopesticides
•	Canadian registration of biopesticides
•	Perspectives and challenges for the biopesticide industry
•	Networking Opportunities
•	Case Study: The value of biopesticide usage in pest control
•	Understanding the needs of biopesticide customers
•	How to design a biopesticide trial to examine product
efficacy and value
•	Screening criteria during development of novel biopesticides
•	Operational challenges when introducing biopesticides into
an integrated pest management framework
Please RSVP by Friday October 23, 2009 to:
Nicole McKenzie
2720 Riverside Drive, A.L. 6607D1
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1 A-0K9
Tel: 1-613-736-3393
Fax: 613-736-3964
PLEASE NOTE: Rooms are available at the Fairmont Chateau
Laurier for the group rate of 1 39.00 per night before taxes.
Please quote 'Group Code #PMRA1 2', or the name of the
meeting: 'PMRA-NAFTA Meeting', to reserve your room.
Please make your hotel reservations for lodging directly with
the Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel no later than November 2,
2009 by contacting the following: Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Hotel, 1 -Rideau Street in Ottawa, Tel: 613 241 -1 414 or 1 -
800-441 -1414 or E-mail:
EPA Opens Transparency Window into Pesticide
Registration Decisions
EPA is establishing a new transparent process that will allow
the public to review and comment on risk assessments and
proposed registration decisions for pesticides. This expanded
process will apply to all new pesticide active ingredients and
first food uses, first outdoor uses, and first residential uses.
"This new process will give the public greater opportunity to
participate and understand decisions about new pesticides,"
said Steve Owens, EPA assistant administrator for the
office of prevention, pesticides and toxic substances. "The
Obama Administration's emphasis on providing unparalleled
transparency at EPA will increase credibility and strengthen
the reputation of our pesticide registration program while
improving the public dialogue surrounding controversial
pesticide registration decisions."
Starting October 1, 2009, for certain registration actions,
EPA's risk assessment and proposed decision will be added to
the public docket and made available for a 30-day public
comment period. Following the comment period, EPA will
publish its decision and a response-to-comment document. By
focusing public access on new pesticide ingredients and first
food, outdoor, and residential uses, the public will have the
opportunity to comment on all major new exposure patterns for
pesticide registration
Stakeholders now will get information sooner on reduced-
risk pesticides being registered that can replace some of the
older and often more toxic pesticides. The user community and
the public will benefit from a broader understanding of the
risk assessment and risk management processes associated
with pesticide registration. More information:
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October 2009

Upcoming Conferences, Meetings,
and Events

FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel Public Meeting
November 3-6, 2009
Arlington, Virginia
6th Annual Small Farm Conference at UMES
November 6-7, 2009
Princess Anne, Maryland
17th National Small Farm Trade Show and Conference
November 6-8, 2009
Columbia, Missouri
Wildlife Habitat Council 21st Annual Symposium
November 9-1 0, 2009
Baltimore, Maryland
USDA/NIFA Grantsmanship Workshop
November 10-11, 2009
Kansas City, Missouri
2009 Farm-Based Education Conference
November 12-14, 2009
Tarrytown, New York
Specialty Crop Growers Workshop
November 1 6, 2009
Rolia, Missouri
USDA/NIFA Grantsmanship Workshop
November 16-17,2009
Arlington, Virginia
Virginia Agriculture & Food Entrepreneurship Program Two-
Day Workshop
November 16 - 23, 2009
Warrenton, Virginia
NYSERDA's 9th Annual Innovations in Agriculture Conference
November 17-18, 2009
Troy, New York
The New PESP: Building Stronger Partnerships for
Effective Environmental Stewardship
November 17-18, 2009
Arlington, VA
IPM Coordinator Statewide Meeting & Conference
November 18-19, 2009
San Marcos, Texas
FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel Public Meeting
December 1 -4, 2009
Arlington, Virginia
Nuisance Bird and Wildlife Management
Conference & Marketplace
November 1 8-20, 2009
Indianapolis, Indiana
The Lawn Care Summit 2009
December 2-4, 2009
Orlando, Florida
The 3rd Annual International Technology, Food & Agriculture
December 3-4, 2009
Rochester, New York
Acres USA 2009 Conference and Trade Show
December 3-5, 2009
St. Paul, Minnesota
24th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference
December 4-6, 2009
Black Mountain, North Carolina
2009 National Soybean Rust Symposium
December 9-11, 2009
New Orleans, Louisiana
Entomological Society of America
December 1 3-1 6, 2009
Indianapolis, Indiana
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October 2009

Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) News
EPA Begins New Scientific Evaluation Of Atrazine
EPA is launching this year a comprehensive new evaluation of
the pesticide atrazine to determine its effects on humans. At the
end of this process, the agency will decide whether to revise
its current risk assessment of the pesticide and whether new
restrictions are necessary to better protect public health. One of
the most widely used agricultural pesticides in the U.S., atrazine
can be applied before and after planting to control broadleaf
and grassy weeds. EPA will evaluate the pesticide's potential
cancer and non-cancer effects on humans. Included in this new
evaluation will be the most recent studies on atrazine and its
potential association with birth defects, low birth weight, and
premature births.
"One of Administrator Jackson's top priorities is to improve the
way EPA manages and assesses the risk of chemicals, including
pesticides, and as part of that effort, we are taking a hard
look at the decision made by the previous administration on
atrazine," said Steve Owens, assistant administrator for EPA's
Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. "Our
examination of atrazine will be based on transparency and
sound science, including independent scientific peer review,
and will help determine whether a change in EPA's regulatory
position on this pesticide is appropriate."
During the new evaluation, EPA will consider the potential for
atrazine cancer and non-cancer effects, and will include data
generated since 2003 from laboratory and population studies.
To be certain that the best science possible is used in its atrazine
human health risk assessment and ensure transparency, EPA wilI
seek advice from the independent Scientific Advisory Panel
(SAP) established under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and
Rodenticide Act.
EPA will engage the SAP to evaluate the human health effects of
atrazine over the coming year. Below is the timeline:
•	November 2009: EPA will present SAP its plan for the
new atrazine evaluation
•	February 201 0: EPA will present and seek scientific peer
review of its proposed plan for incorporating population
studies into the atrazine risk assessment.
•	April 201 0: EPA will present and seek peer review of its
evaluation of atrazine non-cancer effects based on animal
laboratory toxicology studies, selection of safety factors in
the risk assessment, and the sampling design currently used
to monitor drinking water in community water systems.
•	September 201 0: EPA will present and seek peer review of
its evaluation of atrazine cancer and non-cancer effects
based on animal toxicology studies and epidemiology stud-
ies. This review is intended to include the most recent results
from the National Cancer Institute's Agricultural Health
Study, anticipated for publication in 2010.
At the conclusion of this process, EPA will ask the SAP to
review atrazine's potential effects on amphibians and aquatic
ecosystems. The SAP meetings will be open to the public. In
addition to the scientific review of the effects of atrazine, EPA
plans to meet with interested groups to explore better ways to
inform the public more quickly about results of atrazine drinking
water monitoring.
More information on atrazine:
http: / /
More information on the SAP meetings:
New Policy Reduces Pesticide Pollution and Waste
Under an interim policy announced today, retailers and
distributors of pesticide products may be allowed to repair
minor damage to pesticide containers. EPA developed the
interim policy to ensure that such repairs are consistent with
federal requirements for pesticide registration, production, and
labeling. By allowing minor repairs to containers, the policy
would enable products to be used as intended rather than being
disposed of.
According to one source, approximately five million pounds of
consumer pesticide products may become waste each year in
the United States due to damage to pesticide containers before
the products can be sold by retailers. Sources indicate that the
most commonly damaged pesticide containers are large plastic
bags, such as those containing fertilizer/pesticide mixtures.
By allowing damaged bags of pesticides to be patched, this
new policy contributes to EPA's long-standing policies of waste
minimization and pollution prevention.
The interim policy has very specific requirements, including an
application and review process. Each applicant's "minor repair
program" must receive specific approval from EPA for that
individual proposal. For more information on the interim policy,
please see the Web site.
PESTICIDE a pplica tion
October 2009

OPP News Continued
New EPA Information on Insect Repellents
EPA has launched a new Web page containing product
information on certain skin-applied insect repellents. EPA's goal
is to provide the public with information on registered insect
repellents and their effectiveness claims in a clear, consistent,
and user-friendly format.
"EPA's release of information on the effectiveness of insect
repellents will help American consumers select the right product
for their needs and protect themselves and their children from
potentially devastating diseases spread by mosquitoes and
ticks, such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease," said Steve
Owens, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Prevention,
Pesticides and Toxic Substances. "This Web-based dissemination
of information supports Administrator Jackson's goals of
transparency and public access and protecting children's
The new Web page contains two tables listing insect repellent
products that are registered by the agency: those that control
mosquitoes and ticks, and those that only control mosquitoes. The
Web page compiles publicly available information on protection
times based on product effectiveness data reviewed by EPA, and
presents it in a format that makes it easy for consumers to make
informed risk management decisions to protect their health and
that of their families and children. The Web page also contains
information on vector-borne diseases such as West Nile virus
and Lyme disease, and the importance of personal protection
measures. The Web page can be accessed at: http://www.epa.
EPA Issues Guidance For Testing And Labeling
Pesticide Products That Help Prevent The Spread Of
Hlnl Influenza A Virus
In response to the emerging threat of the Pandemic 2009
H1N1 influenza A virus, EPA is making available on its Web
site a guidance document clarifying the testing requirements
and providing labeling options for pesticide products that make
claims to control the Pandemic 2009 HI N1 influenza A virus.
This guidance document announces EPA's position that data
previously submitted to support an influenza A virus label claim
is sufficient to support label claims against 2009 HI N1 influenza
A virus, and that "virus-specific" data against the 2009 H1N1
influenza A virus does not need to be generated or submitted
for registration.
This guidance is applicable for antimicrobial pesticides sold
as dilutable liquids and powders, ready-to-use or spray
formulations, and towelettes that are used to treat hard non-
porous surfaces in healthcare facilities, commercial, industrial,
institutional, and residential settings against Pandemic 2009
HI N1 influenza A Virus.
This guidance document is posted at the Antimicrobials Policy &
Guidance Documents Web page under Guidance/Guidelines.
More information on this virus and EPA's regulation of pesticide
products, including a list of antimicrobial products registered
for use against other influenza A viruses, is available at http:// /influenza-disinfectants.html.
EPA Releases Test Guidelines and Schedule For
Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program
As EPA prepares to order a comprehensive screening of
chemical effects on hormones, the Agency is making available
today the battery of scientific assays and test guidelines for
conducting the assays, as well as a schedule for issuing test
orders to manufacturers for each of 67 chemicals during the
next three months. Now that the assays and test guidelines are
available, EPA shortly will be issuing and announcing test orders
to manufacturers to compel generation of the needed data.
Data required under the test orders will provide information
to help EPA identify whether chemicals have the potential to
interact with the estrogen, androgen, and/or thyroid hormone
systems, which regulate growth, metabolism, development,
and reproduction. This program, which has been developed
through a multi-year research program and validated through
a transparent technical review process, will eventually screen
all pesticide chemicals. The data generated from the screens
will provide robust and systematic scientific information that
will help EPA identify and regulate as appropriate potential
endocrine disrupting chemicals.
Pre-publication copies of the Notices on the assays and test
guidelines and the schedule are available at http://www.epa.
gov/endo/. The test guidelines are also available at http://
The documents will publish in the Federal Register on October
21, 2009, at which time the corresponding dockets can be
found on The Federal Register document
announcing the final Tier 1 battery of scientific assays and
related test guidelines will be in docket number EPA—HQ—
OPPT—2008—0521; the Federal Register document announcing
the schedule for issuing test orders will be in docket EPA—HQ—
October 2009

OPP News Continued
EPA Issues Pesticides Brochure Highlighting Work To
Ensure Public Health And Environmental Protection In
Indian Country And Alaska Native Villages
As part of the new Administration's agenda to protect tribes from
pesticide exposure, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's
(EPA's) Office of Prevention Pesticides and Toxic Substances,
released a brochure entitled, "The National Pesticide Tribal
Program: Achieving Public Health and Environmental Protection
in Indian Country and Alaska Native Villages."
The brochure has an introduction by the Assistant Administrator
for EPA's Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances,
Steve Owens. It provides a snapshot of EPA's work with tribes to
attain the Agency's goal of helping protect human health and
the environment by ensuring that pesticides and alternatives
available in Indian country can be used according to label
directions without causing unreasonable risks.
Highlights of the brochure include case studies submitted by
several tribes about pesticide regulatory agency collaborations
and how grants, technical assistance and outreach help tribes
with their pesticide safety programs which include the use of
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in schools and in enforcement
and compliance programs.
The report is available for download at the EPA Web site.
Copies will soon be available from the National Service Center
for Environmental Publications by telephone at 1 -800-490-
9198, by fax at 1-51 3-489-8695 or online. When ordering,
please be sure to note the document title and publication
number, EPA-735-F-09-007. By mail, write to U.S. EPA/NSCEP,
P.O. Box 4241 9, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242-041 9.
Disulfoton and Methamidophos Voluntarily Canceled
EPA has issued a final order approving the voluntary
cancellations, requested by the registrants, of pesticide products
containing disulfoton and methamidophos. The order, published
in the Federal Register on September 23, 2009, cancels the
last disulfoton and methamidophos products registered for use
in the United States. These organophosphate insecticides are
registered for use on a variety of food crop and non-food sites,
including disulfoton use on residential ornamentals. EPA received
no comments in response to a July 22, 2009 Notice announcing
the Agency's receipt of the requests for voluntary cancellation,
For all methamidophos products and most disulfoton products, the
cancellations are effective December 31, 2009; two disulfoton
products will be canceled effective December 31, 2010. Use
of the disulfoton and methamidophos products canceled by
this order may continue until existing stocks are exhausted,
provided that use is consistent with approved product labeling.
The registrants may sell and distribute existing stocks of most
disulfoton products and all methamidophos products until
December 31, 201 0; two disulfoton products may be sold and
distributed by the registrant until June 30, 201 1.
For more detailed information, please see EPA's September 23,
2009 Federal Register notice in disulfoton docket EPA-HQ-OPP-
2009-0054 and methamidophos docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-
0842 at The Federal Register notice also
is available on the Web site.
Environmental Education Grants
EPA is seeking applications from local education agencies,
colleges, universities, state education and environmental
agencies, 501 (C)(3) non-profit organizations and noncommercial
educational broadcasting entities to support projects that
promote public awareness and knowledge about environmental
issues and provide the skills to make informed environmental
decisions and to take responsible actions.
This grant proposal supports environmental education projects
that promote environmental stewardship and help develop
knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens.
This grant program provides financial support for innovative
projects that design, demonstrate, or disseminate environmental
education practices, methods, or techniques as described in this
Most grants will be in the $1 5,000 to $25,000 range, with total
funding of between $2 and $3 million. EPA anticipates awarding
approximately 90 - 95 grants, subject to the availability of
funds and the quality of applications received.
Applications Due By: December 1 5, 2009
Web site: The grant announcement is at
http: / / / pdf/solNotice201 0.htm
October 2009

Grant Opportunities
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Close Date
Grant Title
Funding Number
November 1 3, 2009
Research & Education Full
Western Region SARE
November 15, 2009
Producer Grant Program
Southern Region SARE
November 15, 2009
On-Farm Research Grant Program
Southern Region SARE
November 17, 2009
Green and Healthy Homes
Technical Studies Program
November 24, 2009
Healthy Homes Demonstration
Must be postmarked
by November 24,
Sustainable Community Grants
Northeast Region SARE
November 30, 2009
Interregional Research Project
#4 Minor Crop Pest Management
Must be postmarked
by December 1, 2009
Partnership Grants
Northeast Region SARE
December 3, 2009
Farmer Rancher Grant Program
North Central Region SARE
December 10, 2009
EPA GRO Fellowships for
Undergraduate Environmental
EPA-F2009U-GRO-P1 to P4
EPA-F2009U-GRO-Q1 to Q2
December 15,2009
IPM Working Group Grants
Program 2009
North Central IPM Center
December 15,2009
Environmental Education Grants
January 5, 201 0
P3 Awards for Student Sustainable
EPA-G201 0-P3-Q1 to Q5
Travel must occur
before March 1 0,
Vegetable/Strawberry IPM Travel
Grant Program
Northeast IPM Center
Federal Funding Opportunities for
Emerald Ash Borer Research
Environmental Quality Incentives
N/A |
Until Funds Exhaust
IPM Minigrants Program
North Central IPM Center
Until Funds Exhaust
Sustainable Agriculture Tours
Western Sustainable
Agriculture Research and
Education (SARE)
Special Issues in the West
Western IPM Center
Pest Management Strategic Plans
in the West
Western IPM Center
SARE Grant Opportunities
North Central Region SARE
SARE Grant Opportunities
Northeast Region SARE
SARE Grant Opportunities
Southern Region SARE
SARE Grant Opportunities
Western Region SARE

October 2009