Laws and Regs Overview​​

December 2020 | 53 min., 38 sec.
by Dale Scott
Texas Department of Agriculture

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​Dale Scott addresses five topics in this 2020 overview of laws and regulations for pesticide use. He begins by reviewing the June 2020 court rulings that cancelled the registration for three dicamba herbicides (Xtendimax, FeXapan, and Engenia) and that revoked the 24(C) registration for Texas. Second, Scott reviews complaints about auxin, dicamba, and Ag overall, as well as updates to complaint-reporting procedures. Next, Scott discusses certification and training regulations, including updates to state-specific plans required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and details of mandated recordkeeping for pesticide applications. Fourth, Scott reviews 2019 Texas legislative outcomes regarding pesticide waste disposal and reports data from pesticide disposal events. Fifth, Scott discusses the “sunset" review process, which evaluates whether a state agency should be abolished. He reports that the only recommendation that will likely affect pesticide programs is the one to establish a more risk-based approach to inspections.

About the Presenter

Dale ScottDale Scott is a graduate of West Texas A&M University. He previously worked for Pioneer Hi Bred seed and now works for the Texas Department of Agriculture as the Director for Environmental and Biosecurity Programs.

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