1a. Objectives (from AD-416):
To provide national leadership in coordination of the minor use pesticide program in ARS; to ensure compliance with all Federal GLP directives; and to review, evaluate, and coordinate the development of data on efficacy, phytotoxicity, and residue data and ensure that these data are acceptable toward obtaining registrations for minor crops.
1b. Approach (from AD-416):
Interact with state and federal scientists and attend IR-4 and related meetings to determine minor use pesticide needs. Conduct meeting with ARS scientists to develop tentative annual programs, identify scientists to conduct studies, and review progress in meeting objectives. Recommend specific actions to Administrator's Office, to Area Directors, and to ONP to strengthen program activities.
3. Progress Report:
This report documents the coordination of research to develop the data that is required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to register pesticides on food crops and ornamentals. ARS and State cooperators attended the Interregional Research-4 (IR-4) sponsored workshops with growers, research and extension personnel to set priorities for the 2012 food and ornamental programs. A planning meeting at IR-4 Headquarters was attended by ARS/IR-4 chemists, the ARS/IR-4 Coordinator and State counterparts to develop a 2012 field and residue laboratory program. The ARS field cooperators were provided with a list of projects to be conducted at their location. Research protocols, field data books and residue sample shipping bags were provided to the cooperators and the field projects were initiated. The six ARS and one state ornamental cooperator were provided with a list of projects and protocols to be conducted at their location. The two residue laboratories accepted crop samples as they were completed in the field and continued to analyze the 2011 and earlier sample sets that were received during the year. The 2011 reports from the field and laboratories were reviewed and forwarded to IR-4 Headquarters where petitions were developed and sent to EPA to establish tolerances for the food uses. The ornamental data developed by ARS was submitted to IR-4 Headquarters where it was packaged and submitted to the potential registrants for amending their labels with the new ornamental uses.