Agricultural crop protection products are vital to the economical, safe, and efficient production of abundant and affordable supplies of food, fiber, lumber, and biofuels. Crop protection products, by helping farmers control weeds, insects, and plant diseases, grow and guard the worlds’ food staples, along with many other day-to-day essentials.
Millions of dollars and years of research are required before a product becomes approved by and registered with the U.S. EPA for sale and use. As part of this intensive process, each product is also carefully studied to ensure human safety, efficacy against pest problems, and minimal impact on the environment.
Highly regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a new crop protection product take on average nine years and between $150-256 MILLION to reach the market. Approved products – one out of 139,000 concepts make it to the farmer’s field – require licensure for purchase, and provide very specific usage and disposal guidance.