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National Coalition on Drift Minimization Update Oct. 25, 1999.

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1 National Coalition on Drift Minimization Update Oct. 25, 1999

2 Spray Drift Task Force 4April Companies 4$18 Million 421 Studies  Airblast, Aerial, Ground, Chemigation 440 Reports

3 SDTF Purpose 4To develop spray drift data required to fulfill data call-in requirements from the USEPA. 4Help formulate label language regarding application methods to reduce spray drift. 4Provide educational opportunities to develop best management practices which reduce spray drift.

4 NCODM Goal: Reduce Drift

5 Purposes of the Coalition 4Develop a national educational program that will bring about the desired behavior from applicators and other decision makers and thus, manage and minimize off-target drift of fertilizer and chemicals.

6 Purposes of the Coalition 4Develop a national educational program that will bring about the desired behavior from applicators and other decision makers and thus, manage and minimize off- target drift of fertilizer and chemicals. 4Achieve improved coordination and communication between the federal, state and local regulatory community and the educational and technological providers.

7 Purposes of the Coalition 4Develop a national educational program that will bring about the desired behavior from applicators and other decision makers and thus, manage and minimize off-target drift of fertilizer and chemicals. 4Achieve improved coordination and communication between the federal, state and local regulatory community and the educational and technological providers. 4Make it possible for applicators to utilize the latest technologies available that will help them minimize drift with the least possible impact on efficacy.

8 Composition of the Coalition 4Federal government agencies  EPA OPP  USDA CREES, FS, ARS 4State government (AAPCO) 4University PAT coordinators 4 Companies  Chemical  Equipment 4 Associations 4 Representatives of the insurance industry 4 Representatives of the government of Ontario, Canada

9 Organization 4Co-chaired by -  Mr. Jim Boillot, President National Agricultural Aviation Association  Dr. Paul Kindinger, President/CEO Agricultural Retailers Association

10 Organization 4Co-chaired by  Mr. Jim Boillot  Dr. Paul Kindinger 4Responsibilities divided into three major areas:  Education: Taskforce Chair-Mary Grodner, Louisiana State University

11 Organization 4Co-chaired by  Mr. Jim Boillot  Dr. Paul Kindinger 4Responsibilities divided into three major areas:  Education: Taskforce Chair-Mary Grodner, LSU  Regulatory: Taskforce Chair-Bob Wulfhorst, AAPCO.

12 Organization 4Co-chaired by  Mr. Jim Boillot  Dr. Paul Kindinger 4Responsibilities divided into three major areas:  Education: Taskforce Chair - Mary Grodner, LSU Regulatory: Taskforce Chair - Bob Wulfhorst, AAPCO.  Technology: Taskforce Chair - Dennis Gardisser and Bob Wolf.

13 Major Accomplishments to Date 4Pulled stakeholders together and formed coalition. 4Reviewed findings of Spray Drift Task Force? 4AAPCO regulatory survey. 4Coalition educational survey. 4Developed vision of “ideal” behavioral goals. 4Developed definitions for drift and buffer zone. 4Developed suggested national curriculum for spray drift component in all educational programs. 4Completed Video

14 Current Projects: 4Distribution of drift education video 4Release of two slide sets via the www 4Summarizing a second regulatory profile 4Accumulating technological information 4Developing an evaluation tool to determine the success of coalition efforts

15 Current Projects: 4Creation of additional educational modules  Professionalism - Decision Making Process  Technology 4Creating a CD ROM 4Labeling Issues for Drift Management

16 Proposed Actions for a Nationwide Program 4Develop a basic video presentation to acquaint growers with drift fundamentals. 4Develop video of spray table to visually demonstrate drift. 4Develop materials for site-specific applicator technology. 4Develop guidelines, booklets, carry-home materials. 4Begin development of “smart systems” computer model.

17 Next Meeting: 4Planned for Dec 15, Reno, NV at NAAA 4one-day meeting 4More details will be available on the ‘Drifters List Serve’ soon 4Meetings are open to the public!


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