The National Pesticide Stewardship Alliance announces the agenda for its 4th annual conference to be held in Tucson, Ariz., Oct. 19 -22.

A key topic of this year's conference theme, Stewardship Issues: Discussions for a Global Community, is Container Recycling. To kick things off, the Ag Container Recycling Council will hold a Container Recycling Demonstration on Oct 19. This demonstration is part of its free national program to collect and recycle plastic pesticide containers from farmers and commercial applicators.

In addition to container recycling, there will be sessions on label language reform activities, pesticide security updates, and international stewardship issues. Mark Davis, of the Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy, will discuss pesticide stewardship in developing countries. NPSA will also begin work on a proposed national pilot to collect unwanted, priority pesticides from farms and retail sites across the country.

The conference will also feature a number of educational and fun extras including a dynamic tour that will highlight IPM, US-Mexican border issues, water quality, and Native American farming. Look out for cowboy poet and musician, Jon Messenger's lively and entertaining evening program on October 21.

NPSA is a true alliance, being comprised of such organizations as the ACRC, American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators, CropLife America, Ag Retailers Association, Environmental Protection Agency, hazardous waste companies, and state pesticide disposal programs.

For more information about the NPSA, or to register for the Annual Pesticide Stewardship Conference, please visit www.npsalliance.org, or e-mail kbrooks@arrowchase.com.