Crop Protection Agents: An overview of regulation and testing in the United States
Crop Protection Agent (CPA) use in the United States is a highly regulated and highly researched area of production agriculture. Potential products undergo testing at multiple levels by chemical companies, governmental agencies, and university personnel to ensure safety and effectiveness. Once a CPA is registered to be sold and used in the United States, additional research is often conducted to determine an acceptable range of chemical residue levels (crop specific). Ultimately, a balance must be established between product use and chemical residue to ensure the efficacy of the product and the safety of the consumer. The presentation will provide detail as to how CPA’s are developed, registered, and regulated in the United States, with a specific focus on CPA residue evaluation in regards to tobacco production.