EPA Requests Public Input on Farmworker Training and Education for Pesticides

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting public input to inform a National Farmworker Training and Education Program regarding pesticide safety. The Pesticide Registration Improvement Act of 2022 included set-asides of up to $7.5 million for Fiscal Years 2023-2027 to fund the program — a series of assistance agreements to conduct pesticide safety trainings for farmworkers and farmworker communities, create pesticide safety educational and training materials, and develop innovative outreach and delivery strategies. EPA is soliciting stakeholder feedback from a broad array of individuals and organizations with applicable knowledge and expertise. Additional public input, including environmental justice perspectives, will help the Agency refine the Notice of Funding Opportunity for this program and more effectively address the disproportionate impact of pesticide illness and injury on farmworker communities. Respondents may submit comments on any aspect of the National Farmworker Training and Education Program until March 25, 2024.