House Passes Pesticide Registration Bill in Time for Ag Day

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1029, the Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act of 2017, by a voice vote. The bill reauthorizes the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act of 2003 (PRIA). The current authority for PRIA, the pesticide industry’s fee-for-service program, will expire on September 30, 2017. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, noted in his announcement of the bill yesterday that, “This bipartisan legislation improves PRIA to ensure transparency, consistency, and efficiency remains within the pesticide registration process.”

“We are pleased to see undivided support for PRIA, especially in time for National Ag Day,” stated Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CropLife America (CLA). “Ag Day inspires us to come together, as one national community, to support our farmers and their dedication to keeping farmland productive for generations. Industry, users of pesticides, state and federal regulators, and the NGO community alike have all shown their support for PRIA. We thank Chairman Davis and others on the House Ag Committee for championing this bill, and we look forward to similar bipartisan support in the Senate. A better funded, stable and predictable Environmental Protection Agency regulatory program represented by PRIA ensures that investment in tomorrow’s innovative products can continue.”

National Ag Day is an annual celebration of the food, fiber and fuel grown by American agriculture. Each year, producers, government officials and ag-related organizations hold and attend events to recognize how much agriculture contributes to our daily lives. The Agriculture Council of America helps to organize events and promote National Ag Day, including through an essay and photo contest which focuses this year on the theme, Agriculture: Food for Life. For more information on National Ag Day and to see the winning entries, visit www.AgDay.org.

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Michael Leary