The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing an updated Endangered Species Act (ESA) Workplan that addresses how the agency can protect nearly 1,700 threatened and endangered species and their critical habitats while governing the registration, distribution, sale, and use of pesticides.
To comply with the ESA, the EPA will evaluate the potential effects of pesticides on federally threatened or endangered species and their critical habitats and then recommend mitigation strategies developed in partnership with other federal agencies.
Dr. Aaron Hager, Associate Professor at the University of Illinois Crop Sciences, spoke in a recent ILSoyAdvisor webinar about how pesticide registration and regulation will be affected by the ESA. In his presentation, he discussed the regulatory framework that drives the ESA process and predicts how pesticide usage will be become more complex in the future.
Hager urges farmers, applicators, researchers, and agronomists to become more familiar with the ESA and how the EPA proposes to meet the agency’s requirements when registering or re-registering pesticides.
This webinar was presented by ILSoyAdvisor, funded by the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program. To learn about the latest agronomic news and research, visit ILSoyAdvisor.com.
Kelsey Litchfield is the Agronomic Outreach Coordinator for the Illinois Soybean Association. In her role, she manages ILSoyAdvisor media platforms and assists the agronomy team with events and field days.
A native of Rio, IL, Kelsey earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2017 where she double majored in Agricultural Communications and Broadcast Journalism.
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and government relations efforts, while the membership program, Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) and the Illinois Soybean Growers PAC actively advocates for positive and impactful legislation for farmers at local, state and national levels. ISA upholds the interests of Illinois soybean farmers through promotion, advocacy, research and education with the vision of becoming a trusted partner of Illinois soybean farmers to ensure their profitability now and for future generations.