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Media Contact: Lea Brooks November 7, 2012 (12-23)
916-445-3974 lbrooks@cdpr.ca.gov FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


DPR ONLINE BULLETIN

This informal, online bulletin from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) appears periodically. Our goal is to keep interested parties up to date on practical information, regulatory developments and other announcements.

PMAC MEETING SCHEDULED
Our Pest Management Advisory Committee will meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Sierra Hearing Room on the second floor. The agenda includes progress reports on two Pest Management Alliance Grant projects: IPM Advocates for Retail Stores; and Pesticide-Free Park and Demonstration Gardens at Guadalupe River Park. Other items include an overview of the new Pest Management Research Program and a progress report on the Nonfumigant Strawberry Production Work Group. The meeting will be webcast.

APCAC MEETING SCHEDULED
Our Agricultural Pest Control Advisory Committee will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Conference Room 230 on the second floor. The agenda includes an update on continuing education regulations; progress report on online renewal regulations; a review of revisions to proposed regulations for nonfumigant volatile organic compound emissions; and an integrated pest management update by the University of California.

PREC MEETING SCHEDULED
Our Pesticide Registration and Evaluation Committee will meet at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 in the Sierra Hearing Room on the second floor. The agenda includes a progress report on the Nonfumigant Strawberry Production Work Group; worker health and safety outreach activities; a report on DPR’s social media efforts; the proposed stakeholder manual; an update on proposed regulations for nonfumigant volatile organic compound emissions. The meeting will be webcast.

DPR LAUNCHES VIDEOS TO HIGHLIGHT IPM INNOVATOR AWARDS
The videos are available for download on the DPR YouTube channel: IPM Innovators: Marin County Parks; Dixon Ridge Farms and Gallo’s Sonoma Vineyards; and Spring Mountain Vineyard. The videos all feature the option of English or Spanish closed captions.

FEEDBACK WANTED ON DRAFT “GUIDE FOR PESTICIDE REGISTRANTS”
Nov. 30 is the deadline to submit comments on a draft manual developed by DPR staff with the assistance of a stakeholder advisory group. The goal is to provide stakeholders with step-by-step instructions for registering, amending and renewing different types of pesticide products in California.

PEST MANAGEMENT RESEARCH GRANTS SOLICITATION
Dec. 10 is the deadline for submitting proposals for our new Pest Management Research Grant Program included in Gov. Brown’s budget. A total of $1 million will be available in fiscal year 2013-14 to develop practices that reduce use of high-risk pesticides and the risk of unanticipated effects on public health and the environment.

STATEWIDE AND COUNTY ENFORCEMENT STATISTICAL PROFILES
See the most recent three-year comparison (2009-2011) of county pesticide use enforcement.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR SCHOOL IPM WORKSHOPS
Workshops are scheduled in Antioch, Contra Costa County (March 1); Brawley, Imperial County (April 4); and Templeton, San Luis Obispo County (June 12).

REMINDER: DPR NOW ON FACEBOOK
We encourage all of you already using social media to "like" the page, and please share with your friends and constituents.

One of six departments and boards within the California Environmental Protection Agency, DPR regulates the registration, sale and use of pesticides and fosters reduced-risk pest management to protect people and the environment. More information about DPR is posted at www.cdpr.ca.gov.

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