Ahead of public workshops next month, a coalition of farm groups has submitted comments on a proposed statewide system for notifications of pesticide applications. The Ag Council led a group of 18 organizations in a letter to the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR).

“California has the most restrictive pesticide application requirements in the world,” reads the letter, which urges DPR to take this into account before adding more.

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The coalition is advocating for a community education program to counter any fear or confusion generated by the notifications and for the department to first conduct pilot projects to determine best practices. The letter also requests the notifications be limited to adjacent neighbors, to restricted materials and to 48 hours or less before applications.

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