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Critical pesticide applicator legislation signed into law

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Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday signed into law Senate Bill 15-119, which renews the Colorado Pesticide Applicator Act.

Without legislative action this year, the Pesticide Applicator Act was scheduled to sunset in September, after serving as an extremely effective set of rules for several years, in both allowing applicators to do their jobs and in protecting Colorado’s citizens.

Despite support from an array of experts, including the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, there was opposition, with some in the state wanting to implement more radical and unnecessary rules.

But in the final week of the Legislative Session, lawmakers were able to pass a bill that renewed the Pesticide Applicator Act with limited changes. The Colorado Corn Growers Association recently sent letters of appreciation to Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, Rep. KC Becker, D-Boulder, and Rep. Jon Becker, R-Fort Morgan, who spearheaded the efforts in getting this done.

Public radio story a reminder of farmers' efforts to protect RMNP

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Stephanie Paige Ogburn and Luke Runyon with KUNC this week aired a story about ag producers and scientists working in coordination to help protect Rocky Mountain National Park's ecosystem.

 

As you'll read in this story, these efforts have helped create a warning system that alerts farmers and ranchers of impending weather conditions likely to transport nitrogen into Rocky Mountain National Park.

This past fall, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment honored the Colorado Corn Growers Association with the Bronze Environmental Achievement Award for its participation in this effort.

Nitrogen levels in Rocky Mountain National Park are attributed to various sources, not just agricultural production. Additionally, many ag producers already have practices in place that help reduce the release of nitrogen, and only when weather conditions are right does nitrogen drift into the park.

To read the story go to http://www.kunc.org/post/farmers-step-solve-rocky-mountain-national-parks-pollution-problem?nopop=1

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