The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is holding a public workshop November 15, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST through Zoom on pesticide-treated seeds to inform future regulatory actions. The discussion will cover the current regulatory framework and the potential for the seed coatings to move from a field. The department plans to gather more information on use and potential impacts.

DPR notes there is limited information on the extent of use in California, the commodities involved and the active ingredients. Pesticide-treated seeds are exempt from EPA review and do not fall under the state definition of a pesticide for review by DPR. When the coating process takes place in California, the treatments must be registered with EPA.

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Last year DPR rejected a petition to regulate seeds treated with neonicotinoids, but vowed to look into the issue and consider actions. Then lawmakers dropped a bill this year that would have banned those seeds altogether.

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