Secretary of Agriculture MIKE ESPY and U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator CAROL M. BROWNER this week
signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing their agencies to
providing the agricultural community with pest management
techniques and tools that reduce pesticide risks to public health
and the environment, while ensuring economically sound
The agreement includes provisions to increase research for
alternative and effective pest control management techniques and
practices that will help reduce unacceptable risks to farmworkers
and consumers. It also establishes practical avenues for
transferring these pest control management tools to the Nation's
commodity producers. Within six months, USDA and EPA will
identify those cases where producers will face lack of pest
management tools due to pending regulatory action. USDA will
work with the agriculture and research communities to identify
and develop alternative pest control methods. A copy of the
press release about this MOU is on the ES-USDA Almanac/Gopher
servers. See retrieval instructions below.
EPA/USDA Press Release on Pesticides
Get to the Extension Service-USDA gopher as follows:
1) Telnet to your favorite gopher and choose
"All Other gophers -> USA -> General-> Extension
2) Point your gopher client to: esusda.gov
Starting at the Extension Service main menu, make the
-> "USDA and Other Federal Agency Information"
-> "USDA: Agency Info"
-> "USDA News Releases from Office of
"USDA-EPA Agreement on Pesticides..."
Send the following one-line, lower-case e-mail message to
send usda-releases 081594