The mission of the Vermont Pesticide Impact Assessment Program is to provide USDA and EPA with information on crop production practices to allow consideration of Vermont needs regarding the use of synthetic and biological pesticides.
Dramatic increases in agricultural production during the past 50 years have equally increased the need for protection against a wide range of pests that prey upon crops, animals and various products. This need and the advancement of technology following the end of World War II created a large market for various types of pesticides and other methods of pest control.Government control over the marketing of pesticides in interstate commerce has been in place at the federal level since 1910, with intrastate products being regulated at the state level. Regulatory requirements were minimal by today's standards. With the increased volumes and complexity of pesticides being used, the need for stronger controls became evident. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) was enacted in 1947 replacing the Insecticide Act of 1910. The new law provided for regulation of products sold in interstate commerce, imported or offered for export and intended for use as insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, or rodenticides. The FIFRA of 1947 was basically a labeling law with premarketing registration required on a product-by-product basis. Basic elements of labeling and data requirements were set forth in the law and regulations. They varied dependant upon the nature and intended use of the product proposed for registration.
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