Up to date information on pesticide residue levels allowed on agriculture products for export will be the focus of the annual California Specialty Crops Councilʼs Maximum Residue Level (MRL) workshop.

The June 1-2 workshop will be held at the Fishermanʼs Wharf Holiday Inn in San
Francisco. Growers, pest control advisors, commodity groups, packer-shipper
organizations and regulatory agencies are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussions.

The workshop is designed to improve global coordination of maximum residue levels and provide information to expedite trade. Regulators, pesticide registrants and trade experts will share updates on global markets.

Regulatory standards that are significantly different continue to be trade barrier. Lag time in setting MRLs for new products also hampers trade.

Featured speakers include Peter Tabor from USDA-FAS who will present a trade
overview for U.S. agriculture and look at the export future. A grower and PCA panel
discussion of real world MRL experiences and a presentation on the Food Safety
Modernization Act and implications for international trade highlight the June 1 agenda.

Other workshop speakers and topics include:

  • EPA Partnerships and Progress; Lois Rossi from the registration division of EPA.
  • European MRLs: A New Regulatory Framework; Caroline Harris of Exponent.
  • Canada: Registration Process and Associated MRL Activities; Marion Law from Pest Management Regulatory Agency.
  • Asia Update: MRLs in Japan, Taiwan and Other Countries; Sven-Erik Nielson of Bryant Christie International.
  • Indian MRLs: Overview and Trends; Thomas Miller of Syngenta Crop Protection.
  • Insights to Africa: Supporting Global MRL Initiatives by Lucy Nemu of Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service.
  • MRL Strategies; Cheryl Cleveland of Dow AgroSciences.
  • Methyl Bromide and International Trade; Ed Ruckert of Crop Protection Coalition.
  • Residue Management using Ozone; Spencer Walse of USDA-ARS.

Space at the conference is limited and a pre-registration fee of $250 is required by May 28. On-line workshop registration and hotel information is on the CSCC

California Specialty Crops Council is an 11-year partnership of commodity groups and agricultural organizations that promotes exchange of pest management and
stewardship information that benefits CSCC growers.