US Senate Committee approves Pesticide Registration Improvement Act

Tje US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan, and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich, have announced the Senate-approved reauthorization of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA). 
“The U.S. Senate just passed a bipartisan Farm Bill to provide farmers and ranchers with certainty in a tough farm economy,” said Chairman Roberts. “We can add to this certainty for producers and many other stakeholders with the approval of long delayed PRIA.” 
Ranking Member Stabenow added, “This bipartisan legislation helps our farmers protect their crops, while also maintaining strong protections for farmworkers and their families.” 
A variety of agriculture, non-agriculture, environmental and labour interests support the enactment of PRIA.
In May 2017, the Committee held a hearing in preparation for legislative action to gather input on pesticide registrations. In March 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1029, the Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act of 2017, with strong bipartisan support by voice vote on the suspension calendar. In June 2017, the Agriculture Committee favourably reported H.R. 1029.