OPPOSE HB 2619
Chlorpyrifos ban is back; this time in HB 2619.
After the House Agriculture Committee did not pass a chlorpyrifos ban, the House Rules Committee is readdressing this issue and will consider HB 2619, which would ban chlorpyrifos (Lorsban).
LEGISLATORS NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF ELIMINATING A VALUABLE TOOL THAT GROWERS NEED TO KEEP OREGON AGRICULTURE VIABLE
House Rules Committee
Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM
- HB 2619 opens 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 2619 will completely ban the sale, distribution and use of all pesticide products containing chlorpyrifos. 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 2619 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.
- Chlorpyrifos is an integral component 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.
Testimony at the hearing will be limited. If you are planning on attending the hearing, please notify us. We need comments submitted to the Committee and to your Legislators.