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Incorporating The Benefits of Precision Application into Risk Assessment and Risk Mitigation of Pesticides

Workshop Abstract

September 17 – Welcome Reception 6:00-8:00 pm at the historic Hotel Lombardy 2019 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC
September 18-19 – Workshop at the National Academy of Sciences Building, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 

Day 1 – Sep 18

Check -in for the meeting will start at 7:30 am. We will be serving breakfast starting at 7:45am. Lunch will be 12:30-1:30pm. Finish for the day at 5:00.

8:15-8:20Opening RemarksAmy Grunden, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Prof. and Asst. Director North Carolina State Agricultural Research Service, North Carolina State University
8:20-8:40Setting the SceneTharacad Ramanarayanan, Syngenta Fellow
8:40-9:00Overview- State of the ScienceHeping Zhu, Agricultural Engineer, USDA-ARS
9:00-9:20Latest in spray system technologies and targeted application systemsAdam Barlow, Staff Engineer, Global Product Safety & Compliance Lead, John Deere
Garret Goins, Manager, PS&C for Crop Care Products, John Deere
9:20-9:40Precision Application: The Grower PerspectiveMichelle Ranville, Senior Agricultural Economist, USDA-Office of Pest Management Programs
9:40-10:00Reduction of Pesticide Waste in Crops and Implications for Protection of BeneficialsAmy Fulcher, Professor, Plant Science, University of Tennessee

10:00-10:15  Break

10:15-10:35Extension Specialist’s Perspective and Experience with GrowersGwen-Alyn Hoheisel, Professor and Area Extension Educator, Washington State University Spokane
10:35-10:55Key Considerations for Adoption of Precision Application Technology – a Growers’ PerspectiveTodd Gentry, Director of Production, Cherrylake, Inc.
10:55-12:30Session 2 – Regulatory Perspectives
10:55-11:25State of Current Regulatory Guidelines – Gaps and Opportunities, a US Perspective
Margaret Hathaway, Senior Regulatory Specialist, Office of Pesticide Programs, US-EPA
11:25-11:45Site-Specific Modeling for
Risk Assessment and Mitigation
Bernie Engel, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture, Purdue University
11:55-12:15Precision Application of Pesticides: Perspectives from the Crop Protection IndustryRam Ramalingam, Syngenta

We will have a group photo in front of the NAS at 12:15, time permitting.
12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-4:45Workshop Session
1:30-2:00Workshop Introduction to 5 Bold StepsRebecca Dunning
2:00-2:30Ice Breaker Breakout Sessions

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:15ThemesBreakout Sessions
3:15-4:00Share ThemesAll, Report from Teams
4:15-5:00VisionBreakout Sessions

Day 2- Sep 19

We will have check in and a light breakfast starting at 8:00am. Finish for the day at

8:30-9:15Quick Review and Report out on VisionsRebecca Dunning
9:15- 10:15Work on 5 Bold Steps CanvasBreakout Sessions

 10:15-10:30  Break

10:30-11:30Finish 5 Bold StepsBreakout Sessions
11:30-12:15Reporting OutAll, Report from Teams

12:15-12:45  Lunch

12:45-2:00Action teams formation and consensus statementsRebecca Dunning and Attendees