The California Department of Food and Agriculture plans to facilitate a broad conversation next week that could have major implications for the state’s approach to pesticide governance.

In a release, CDFA said a Dec. 13 conversation will focus on “the relationship between pesticides, soil health, carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions.”

CDFA did not offer a detailed speaker list, but said the discussion “will bring together subject matter experts to give an overview of the current state of research, and identify potential funding sources to expand knowledge in this area.”

CDFA’s Office of Pesticide Consultation and Analysis will moderate the conversation with support from the California Environmental Protection Agency as well as the state’s Department of Pesticide Regulation and Air Resources Board.

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“Interest in climate change science has motivated a desire to better understand the ways that agricultural and land management practices impact carbon sequestration and GHG emissions,” CDFA said in a release. “The panel discussion will be an interdisciplinary effort to review research focused on the relationship among pesticides, soil health, carbon sequestration and GHG emissions.”

The panel will be held via zoom and is scheduled 9 a.m.-12 p.m. PST.

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