OPPOSE HB 3058 & SB 853
BOTH THESE BILLS BAN CHLORPYRIFOS AND CLASSIFIES
NEONICOTINOID INSECTICIDES AS RESTRICTED USE.
Two hearings are scheduled for March 26thon these damaging pieces of legislation that would completely ban chlorpyrifos (e.g. Lorsban) and make all neonicotinoid products Restricted Use. This would result in NO chlorpyrifos for Oregon crops and a pesticide applicator license would be required to use any neonicotinoid product.
LEGISLATORS NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU!
SHOW UP AND/OR TESTIFY AGAINST ELIMINATING OR RESTRICTING VALUABLE TOOLS THAT GROWERS NEED TO KEEP OREGON AGRICULTURE VIABLE
SB 853: Senate Environment & Natural Resources Committee
Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Oregon State Capitol, Hearing Room C
HB 3058: House Agriculture & Land Use Committee
Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Oregon State Capitol, Hearing Room D
- HB 3058 & SB 853 open the door to the legislators making pesticide use decisions product-by-product instead of relying on the science teams and regulators at our state and federal agencies.
- HB 3058 & SB 853 will completely ban the sale, distribution and use of all pesticide products containing chlorpyrifos and it will require a pesticide applicator license to purchase or use a neonicotinoid product. These insecticides are needed to by Oregon farmers to protect our food supply and meet the needs of a growing population.
- Many of Oregon’s specialty crops have state approved Special Local Need registrations of chlorpyrifos since there are no alternative products available for certain pests. The unique nature of Oregon’s diverse agriculture results in very few, if any, products available for controlling pests for some crops. Chlorpyrifos is vital for protecting Oregon’s minor crops.
- HB 3058 & SB 853 will impact Oregon exports. Other countries and states have strong phytosanitary requirements. This legislation takes away a tool used to meet those requirements for crops with limited or no alternatives. Additionally, public health programs will not have the tools needed to control invasive insect populations.
- HB 3058 & SB 853 restrict use of neonicotinoid products to licensed pesticide applicators. Many farmers are not currently licensed as they do not use Restricted Use Pesticides. This would require farmer to obtain a pesticide applicator license. The bill also takes hundreds of effective and easy to use products away from homeowners and gardeners.
- HB 3058 & SB 853 eliminates important pet health products like flea collars and flea and tick treatments.
- Chlorpyrifos and neonicotinoid insecticides are integral components of Integrated Pest Management programs and Insect Resistance Management programs. Use of IPM cropping systems and preventing pest resistance can lead to more sustainable agriculture and reduced farming costs, allowing farmers to minimize production costs while supporting a sustainable food supply.
Please consider attending the hearing or sending a message to
OPPOSE HB 3058 & SB 853 to the Committees and your Legislators.