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Oregon Sustainable Vinyard Program Receives Award for Environmental Stewardship

Release Date: 12/19/2002
Contact Information: Dave Deegan
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December 19, 2002

Awards Given to 18 for Significan Achievements in Pesticide Environmental Stewardship

EPA's Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) has selected 18 members of the program as "PESP Champions" of 2002. The Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program is a voluntary program that forms partnerships with pesticide users to reduce the health and environmental risks associated with pesticide use and implement pollution prevention strategies.

The Champions were selected based on their outstanding efforts promoting integrated pest management (IPM) and toward advancing pollution prevention. They are also being honored for their extraordinary level of commitment to protecting human health and the environment. The PESP Champions employed most or all of the following IPM strategies to reduce the health and environmental risks associated with pesticide use:
  • sampling to accurately determine pest population levels;
  • training and demonstrating IPM practices;
  • controlling or managing pests through biologically-based technologies;
  • employing cultural practices such as crop rotation or removing food and habitat for structural pests;
  • applying less toxic or reduced-risk pesticides such as insect growth regulators; and
  • using conventional pesticides only when absolutely necessary.
The 18 PESP Champions are: American Pest Management Inc., California Dried Plum Board, California Melon Association, Cranberry Institute, Gerber Products Co., Glades Crop Care Inc., Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission, Low Input Viticulture and Enology of Oregon (Strategy), Massey Services Inc., Michigan Cherry Committee, Monroe County School Corp., National Grape Cooperative, New York City Board of Education, Northeast Utilities, Pineapple Growers Association of Hawaii, U.S. Department of Defense Armed Forces Pest lineManagement Board and U.S. Hop Industry Plant Protection Committee.

PESP was established in 1994 with 10 charter partners; today there are more than 130 members nationwide. For more information on EPA's Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program, see: .