CSI Regulatory Consultant Symposium/Session Involvement at the ACS AGRO Fall National Meeting in Boston, MA – August 19-23, 2018

The 256th ACS Fall National Meeting is rapidly approaching. Several regulatory consulting staff members from Compliance Services International (CSI) will be in attendance and will be available for consultation throughout the meeting. CSI is pleased to be a sponsor for the AGRO Division and an exhibitor at the inaugural AGRO VIP (Vendor Interface Program) Event to be held Tuesday, August 21 from 5 to 6 pm in Room 258C at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center (BCEC).  The VIP Event specifically provides an opportunity for vendor sponsors to interact with the AGRO membership in a face-to-face setting within a designated time and space as a promoted event.  All members of the AGRO Division are encouraged to attend – No invitation required!

Please plan to visit with our scientific and regulatory experts at the meeting who are involved with fostering sustainable agriculture and protecting public health and the environment through chemistry.  Contact the following staff directly while at the meeting or call CSI directly (Tel: +1 253 473 9007).

Ashlea Frank, Principal Consultant / Endangered Species and Bernalyn McGaughey, President / CEO:

  • Symposium Title: Assessing Risk, Providing Benefit: Making Informed Decisions in Endangered Species Pesticide Risk Management
  • Session Title: AGRO 23.  FESTF Gopher: Improving Data Management, Accessibility, and Use
  • Sunday, August 19 @ 9:35 AM – Section D – BCEC Ballroom East, Theater 4
  • Abstract: The FIFRA Endangered Species Task Force (FESTF) has contributed to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) endangered species and pesticide data development process for nearly 20 years. Throughout this time, FESTF’s efforts have been focused on aggregating, analyzing, and providing data related to endangered species and pesticides use areas to the USEPA to inform their assessments. Such data is informative for Ecological risk assessments of endangered species, and efforts to improve management and accessibility to these aggregated datasets markedly increases their value. To manage and deliver these data, FESTF designed an Information Management System (FESTF IMS) in 2002. Improvements in data availability and advancements in technologies and data processing lead to the need to update and expand the capabilities of FESTF IMS, and consequently FESTF created an enhanced service tool – Gopher. Gopher integrates the best available datasets related to endangered species and pesticide assessments into a single tool that allows users of various levels of expertise to spatially interact with datasets using different data analytics tools. This presentation will: 1) provide a general overview highlighting the functionality of Gopher, 2) describe the value of Gopher for informing and facilitating preparation of USEPA’s endangered species pesticide assessments, and 3) discuss potential future applications of Gopher for capturing voluntary measures as a mechanism to better inform the interface of pesticide use and endangered species data.

Leah Duzy, Principal Consultant / Agricultural Economist and Bernalyn McGaughey, President / CEO:

  • Symposium Title: Assessing Risk, Providing Benefit: Making Informed Decisions in Endangered Species Pesticide Risk Management
  • Session Title: AGRO 26.  Voluntary Conservation: Benefit and Cost Considerations for Stewardship Programs
  • Sunday, August 19 @ 11:10 AM – Section D – BCEC Ballroom East, Theater 4
  • Abstract: The adoption of conservation practices within or adjacent to farmland potentially offers opportunities for growers to be directly involved in conserving and improving species habitat, while continuing to have access to a range of chemistries for pest control. The benefits from conservation practices such as riparian forest buffers and herbaceous cover, are numerous, including reduced soil erosion and pesticide drift, improved water quality, and increased wildlife habitat. However, there are costs incurred by growers that may limit adoption. While federal and state agencies, local municipalities, private industry, and non-governmental organizations provide some financial and technical assistance, there are considerations that must be evaluated to have a successful stewardship program with long-term adoption. Growers must have a clear understanding of the benefits, which accrue in both the short and long-term, and costs, which do not begin nor end with installation costs. Consideration must be given to how the practice impacts their production methods, the appropriate location and scale of the practice, and required maintenance. Once conservation practices are adopted, documenting the benefits and impact on species as compared to the cost is a logical next step; however, much of this information is known only by the grower and funding organization. Being able to identify the location and scale of conservation practices throughout the US would provide an opportunity for a clearer understanding of how conservation practices fit together across the landscape. This presentation will outline 1) benefit and cost considerations for stewardship programs aimed at conserving and improving species habitat and 2) the need for a clearer understanding of where conservation practices are installed and the associated benefits.

Bernalyn McGaughey, President / CEO:

  • (Organizer) Symposium Title: Assessing Risk, Providing Benefit: Making Informed Decisions in Endangered Species Pesticide Risk Management
  • Session Title: AGRO 59.  Discussion Session: Reflection on the Day’s Information
  • Sunday, August 19 @ 4:20 PM – Section D – BCEC Ballroom East, Theater 4
  • Abstract: This final session of the day will engage speakers and the audience in reflections on the presentations made and will address any further questions that arise collectively based on the session presentations. Speakers will be asked to sit as a panel to exchange ideas between them as well as questions or comments from the audience.

Jeffrey Giddings, Principal Consultant / Ecological Risk Assessment:

  • Symposium Title: AGRO-SETAC Joint Symposium: Challenges of Utilizing Higher-Tier Ecotoxicity Data in Risk Assessment and High Risk Management of Pesticides
  • Session Title: AGRO 362.  How Higher-tier Data can Strengthen a Pesticide Risk Assessment: Examples with Pyrethroids
  • Thursday, August 23 @ 8:55 AM – Section A – BCEC Ballroom East, Theater 1
  • Abstract: While a screening approach that focuses on worst-case scenarios using highly conservative assumptions can be a useful first step in assessing pesticide risk, lower-tier assessments are unlikely to provide definitive answers to many scientific and regulatory questions. Higher-tier data and analysis can support a more complete and accurate understanding of potential ecological effects and lead to more informed risk management decisions. However, incorporating higher-tier data into risk assessment and management requires a different paradigm than the screening-level approach of comparing simplistic risk quotients to pre-defined levels of concern. This presentation will use a comprehensive industry-funded aquatic assessment of pyrethroid insecticides to illustrate how different types of higher-tier data were applied to refine a screening-level regulatory assessment. The higher-tier approaches discussed will include species sensitivity distributions, refined exposure modeling and uncertainty analysis, joint probability curves, bioavailability calculations, landscape analysis, residue monitoring data, field experiments, mesocosms, and bioassessments. Each example will consider (a) the risk assessment/risk management question addressed, (b) technical aspects of the higher-tier approach to address the question, (c) methods for incorporating the higher-tier data into risk characterization, and (d) the usefulness of the higher-tier data for supporting risk management decisions. We conclude that the challenges to using higher-tier data are partly conceptual (i.e., the need to refine risk questions in terms of magnitude and probability of exposure and effects) and partly institutional (i.e., the need for technical guidance and higher-tier regulatory standards).

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