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Industry Involvement

  • The LHPWG supports the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO) Model Bill and their Terms and Definitions. We express our support of AAPFCO when working with the National Association of Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency and all other state and local government agencies.
  • The LHPWG actively participates on the AAPFCO Long Range Planning Committee and holds one of the three industry seats on the AAPFCO Slow Release Advisory Committee.
  • The LHPWG is represented on the AAPFCO Terms and Definitions Committee, the AAPFCO Uniform Bills Committee, the AAPFCO Environmental Affairs Committee, the AAPFCO Slow Release Fertilizer Committee and the AAPFCO Industry Regulatory Council.
  • LHPWG is represented at the AAPCO Annual Meeting.
  • LHPWG is represented at SFIREG Meetings.
  • LHPWG is represented on the CSF Industry EPA Task Force that is working to streamline the CSF process and especially the process for creating CSFs for combination pesticide fertilizer registrations.
  • The LHPWG works to improve State attendance at AAPFCO Meetings. In 2016, the LHPWG sent letters concerning AAPFCO meeting attendance to six Commissioners (MA, MN, ND, NH, TN & VA), five Secretary’s (DE, IA, KS, VT & WI), four Director’s (ID, IL, WA & WY and one Chief (RI) in 16 states expressing our concern about their state’s participation with AAPFCO.
  • In 2019, as directed, the LHPWG submitted comments to James Bartos, the Chair of the AAPFCO Slow Release Working Group.  We shared our concerns about how AAPFCO identified fertilizer products with Enhanced Efficiency properties in their Official Publication.
  • In 2016, the LHPWG provided funding and the ideal plaintiff, Stuart Z. Cohen, Ph.D., to the coalition that sued Montgomery County, MD over their pesticide restrictions. Dr. Cohen lived and worked in Montgomery County and had previously worked for the EPA's Pesticide Office. He maintains his own lawn and used pesticide products.
  • In 2015, the LHPWG sent letters to seven Commissioners [AL, CT, MA, ME, NH, NY & WV]; six Secretary's [IA, KS, NJ, SD, VT & WI]; two Director's [OH & WY] and one Chief [RI] in 16 states expressing our concerns about declining attendance at AAPFCO meetings.
  • In 2015, the LHPWG gave a presentation to the Environmental Affairs Committee at the AAPFCO Winter Meeting entitled “Are Statewide Specialty Fertilizer Phosphorus Restrictions Efficacious?”
  • In 2015, the LHPWG worked on two new AAPFCO policies this year: “Environmental Control Concerning the Application of Fertilizer” and “AAPFCO Policy Regarding Fertilizer for Urban Landscapes” These policies will be submitted to the membership for approval in 2016.
  • In 2013, the LHPWG contracted with Environmental & Turf Services, Inc. (ETS), to evaluate the effectiveness of the 2004 Minnesota Legislation that restricted the use of phosphate on turfgrass in specialty fertilizers. We provided a copy of their report "AN ANALYSIS OF PHOSPHORUS DATA FROM TEST PLOTS AND SURFACE WATER MONITORING, RELEVANT TO LAWN CARE RESTRICTIONS" to the USEPA and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. LHPWG presented this information during an AAPFCO Meeting and the report was posted on their website.

The documents listed on this page were submitted to government entities and are a matter of public record. If you would like a copy of any one of these documents please submit a request to [email protected].