The California Department of Pesticide Regulation is set to release a roadmap for transitioning California agriculture away from many conventional pesticides.

Last year DPR formed a work group composed of various stakeholders to develop the roadmap and they recently signed off on the content, according DPR Director Julie Henderson. DPR plans to release the report for public comment in January.

“As we try to move away from pesticides that are higher risks, we need alternatives,” said Henderson, during a discussion at the Almond Conference last week. “That's going to be a big focus.”

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The sustainable pest management report emanates from the 2019 cancellation of the insecticide chlorpyrifos and the administration’s attempt to find suitable replacements. CalEPA realized the issue was much larger than one pesticide and funded a work group to consider ways to avoid unintended consequences. The 18-month effort resulted in the report.

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