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ARA Commends Administration on Improvements to Endangered Species Act Implementation

Mar 12 2020

WASHINGTON (March 12, 2020) – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new method for conducting biological evaluations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to assure that pesticide registration review actions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) do not jeopardize endangered species. Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) President and CEO Daren Coppock released the following statement in support of the action:

"The EPA’s revised methods for conducting biological evaluations to assess whether registered uses for pesticides may impact endangered species is long overdue. These improved steps will ensure the EPA and other federal agencies rely on real world pesticide use data and implement clearer procedures to better identify potential species at risk.

"ARA strongly supports the steps being taken by EPA, which is consistent with provisions included in the 2018 Farm Bill. This proposal will help ensure timely pesticide registration review decisions and promote the recovery of endangered species."

Click here to read EPA's statement.

About Agricultural Retailers Association
The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) is a nonprofit trade association representing the interests of retailers across the United States on legislative and regulatory issues on Capitol Hill. As the political voice of agricultural retailers, ARA not only represents its membership but also educates members on the political process and important issues affecting the industry. For more information on current legislative and regulatory issues impacting agricultural retailers, visit