International standards for pesticide residues in agricultural products will be the focus of a June 2-3 workshop organized by the California Specialty Crops Council (CSCC). The meeting will be held at the Fisherman’s Wharf Holiday Inn in San Francisco.

The agenda will include an overview of trade, global pesticide standards, and international efforts to harmonize MRL requirements.

The major objective of this conference is to improve the coordination of MRL efforts and to provide updates on regulatory initiatives which may impact US grown commodities. New product registration strategies and pest management decision making will be reviewed in light of the complexities of MRL requirements and secondary standards which are becoming increasingly important in certain export markets.

Workshop highlights include:

• Trade overview by USDA Foreign Ag Service

• Use of trade data to manage MRL strategies and increase pest management options by Rich Carver, DuPont

• US EPA efforts to support US agriculture by Lois Rossi, US EPA Registration Division

• Global harmonization efforts for specialty crop/ minor use registrations through IR-4

• Regional perspectives on MRLs – Canada, EU, Taiwan, Japan, China and Brazil

• Review of pesticide residue decline curves related to field decisions by Phil Brindle, BASF

• Montreal Protocol/ methyl bromide update by Dan Botts, Crop Protection Coalition/FL Fruit and Veg. Assn.

• Panel discussion with growers and PCAs

• Networking with registrants, regulators, ag representatives and trade experts

The conference is designed for PCAs, growers, commodity groups, packer-shipper organizations, registrants, and regulatory personnel. Space at the conference is limited and a pre-registration fee of $250 is required by May 27.

The meeting lasts from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on June 2 and from 8 a.m. until noon June 3. For meeting information, on-line registration and hotel information, go to the CSCC Web site, www.specialtycrops.org.

The California Specialty Crops Council is a 10 year partnership of commodity groups and agricultural organizations that promotes exchange of pest management and stewardship information that benefits CSCC growers.