Session sponsors: Weed Science Society of America, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, Extension Committee on Policy, CropLife America, and Syngenta. Collaborators: National Corn Growers Association and American Soybean Association.
How can research help strike a balance between protecting threatened and endangered species and minimizing impacts to farmers and their crop protection products that produce food, feed, and fiber for the world?
When federal agencies determine that a pesticide might adversely affect a listed species in a given county, farmers in that entire county might be excluded from using that pesticide, even though the listed species or its critical habitat might only occupy a small fraction of that county.
This seminar will reflect on how research by EPA, USDA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Marine Fisheries Service can help address this challenge.
Bill Chism, Weed Science Society of America
Bill is the chair of the Endangered Species Committee of the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA). Bill grew up working on a vegetable farm in the Salinas Valley of California. He worked for the University of California extension conducting weed control research on vegetable crops. After receiving his PhD in Weed Science from Virginia Tech he worked for 10 years for a pesticide registrant. He spent 21 years at the EPA, Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) conducting assessments on the benefits of pesticides to farmers as part of the registration review process. During his career at the EPA, he was been involved in assessments of over 350 different pesticides.
Bill received an BS in Entomology from the University of California Davis, a MS in Agriculture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, a MS in Plant Physiology at UC Riverside and a PhD in Weed Science at Virginia Tech. He lives in Frederick County Maryland with his wife, two cats, two dogs, and four horses. Bill recently won the Public Service Award from the WSSA, and has received numerous awards from the State Department and EPA for his work on the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
Stanley Culpepper, University of Georgia
Stanley Culpepper is a Professor in the Crop and Soil Science Department at The University of Georgia with a 98% Extension responsibility. A native of North Carolina, he grew up on a bicentennial family farm producing corn, cotton, peanut, soybean, and wheat. He received his BS in Agronomy and his MS and PhD in weed science from N. C. State University. Stanley began his professional career at The University of Georgia as a cotton, vegetable, and small grain weed scientist in 1999, and continues with those responsibilities today. Stanley’s ultimate goal is to develop and share sound science with family farms improving their sustainability.
Because of Stanley’s efforts, he is a frequent speaker at events across the country. Stanley has been honored to win over thirty awards including the EPA’s Montreal Protocol International Award for assisting in the preservation of the ozone layer. Stanley has also served three terms on the U.S. EPA Agricultural Science Committee Advisory Board and is currently the Past President of the Weed Science Society of America.
About NCFAR’s Lunch-N-Learn Series:
The National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research (NCFAR) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, consensus-based, and customer-led coalition that brings together food, agriculture, nutrition, conservation, and natural resource stakeholders to serve as a forum and unified voice supporting increased federal investment in USDA Research, Education, and Economics (USDA REE). NCFAR’s popular "Lunch-N-Learn" series and webinars feature experts from institutions across the country sharing expertise on a wide range of topics to show the value of public investment in food and agricultural research. This event will be held in-person at 1302 Longworth House Office Building.