Apple growers have adopted programs such as Integrated Pest Management, Integrated Resistance Management, and other technology to minimize the use of pesticides. However, the continued availability of effective and affordable agricultural chemicals is critical to the success of the industry in controlling more than 100 species of insects and diseases.
Continued funding for the following programs is needed to produce reliable data and support that helps to ensure pesticide availability for apple growers:
- National Agricultural Statistics Service chemical use surveys. These surveys provide vital information for registered crop protection chemicals and their environmental evaluation.
- Pesticide Data Program (PDP), administered by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service used
- by EPA to prepare realistic pesticide dietary exposures for pesticide registration activities.
- Office of Pest Management Policy, which develops and coordinates USDA policy on pesticides.
- IR-4 (minor-use registration of crop protection tools), administered by the National Institute for Food and Agriculture. Without IR–4, apple growers would have fewer crop protection compounds. IR–4 scientists generate the data necessary for the registration of compounds for use on apples and other minor/specialty crops.
USApple urges full funding for these programs to ensure adequate data and support for science-based pesticide registration decisions for the apple industry.