Pesticide Disposal Event & CRP Signup Response
A June 20th free pesticide disposal event is being sponsored by the WSDA along with the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership and Cowlitz County Public Works. The event will be held at a site near Longview and any agricultural and commercial-grade pesticides that are no longer needed or wanted will be accepted. This gives farmers, landowners, businesses and residents a great opportunity to inspect their storage areas and dispose of pesticides in a proper way that protects their local environment. The focus of this project is for properties located in the lower Columbia River watershed. Those interested in participating should contact the WSDA by May 2 to sign-up, as drop-ins will not be accepted. Customers who reserve their spot will receive supplies necessary to protect leaky or broken containers so that safe transportation to the collection site is ensured. They will also receive directions to the disposal site, operating hours, and transportation documents. For more information, visit the WSDA Waste Pesticide Program website.
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is “one happy camper” when it comes to the response to the recent general Conservation Reserve signup.
VILSACK: We have not yet fully completed our evaluation of the recent sign-ups and requests and applications for CRP, but I can tell you that we were pleased with the amount of interest that was shown in CRP. That interest in the general sign-up together with the continuous programs we’ve announced recently should get us very close to the 30 million acres that we had projected for enrollment in CRP and we are pleased with that.
I’m Lacy Gray and that’s Washington Ag Today on the Northwest Ag Information Network.