NOA Participates in North American pesticide workshop and conference in D.C.

Photo of Greg Yielding during Washington DC pesticide meeting

Greg Yielding is pictured during the conference here with J. Angel Saavedra, regulatory and stewardship mesoandean leader for Corteva Agriscience.

NOA Executive Vice President Greg Yielding participated in the 2019 Trilateral Stakeholder Workshop and Conference on Pesticides in September in Washington D.C.

"Attending the Trilateral stakeholder workshop and conference on pesticides is very important for America's onion growers," Yielding said. "This conference is an integral piece of the NAFTA trade agreement between Mexico and Canada and the United States and is very important in discussing MRLs and other trade barriers that may have to do with growers' use of pesticides.

"As we transition from NAFTA to the USMCA trade agreement, it is very important that U.S. onion growers have a seat at the table."

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National Onion Association to help states protect onion fields against Allium Leafminer

Onion researchers at table in Washington DC meeting

Brian Nault of Cornell University, left, Stuart Reitz of Oregon State University, and Tim Waters of Washington State University, far right, meet with Osama El-Liss, deputy administrator with USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine, center.

May, 1, 2019 — The NOA will work in the next few months to educate and help states set up protections against the Allium Leafminer, an invasive pest that can devastate onion crops.

While the pest has only in the northeastern corner of the United States, the fear of it traveling to other areas of the country is the main concern. “We’ve got to stop this,” said NOA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Greg Yielding.

Read Cornell Research Power Point on Allium Leafminer

• Yielding will work with individual state departments of agriculture to secure plans to guard against the Allium Leafminer.

• The Allium Leafminer has been de-listed as quarantine pest at the federal level. The only way the feds will work with states is if they individually apply under the APHIS program, Pests regulated under a federally recognized state management phytosanitary program.

• Yielding, NOA Trustee Kay Riley, and onion researchers Brian Nault of Cornell University, Stuart Reitz of the Malheur Experiment Station and Tim Waters with Washington State University, met with Osama El-Lissy, deputy administrator with USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine in April to discuss concerns about the continued spread of the pest.

• Federal officials cite international trade implications of actively monitoring for the pest. So it is left to the states to chart their own destiny.

• If states work with APHIS to become federally recognized under the State Managed Phytosanitary program, the feds will prevent any produce from states where the pest has been found into any new states. As of now, California is the only state that has an active quarantine. Oregon’s plan is pending, and Washington growers may be next on the list.

• The NOA is working to get boiler-plate language on such plans into the hands of state ag departments where onions are grown. There also are plans to have a speaker from APHIS at the summer convention to discuss the issue more.


NOA joins @PassUSMCA movement

April 2019 — The National Onion Association has officially joined the movement to pass the U.S. /Mexico/ Canada agreement, one the organization’s key political issues this year.

The Pass USMCA Coalition is a group of trade associations and businesses advocating for the swift passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement.

• The organization states the provisions outlined in USMCA will defend American jobs, cultivate innovation, and encourage business development, spurring growth for local, state, and national economies.

• In 2017, the United States exported more than $275 billion in goods to Mexico and nearly $350 billion in goods to Canada, the organization reported.

• The USMCA includes new measures to strengthen key U.S. industries – most notably those such as the digital economy, that did not exist or that were significantly smaller when the original NAFTA was negotiated over 25 years ago. The USMCA also includes strong, enforceable provisions to protect workers and the environment. The agreement will create new export opportunities for American companies and encourage new job-creating investments.


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