NPC’s annual EPA-USDA Farm Tour allows federal regulators the opportunity to meet with growers face-to-face to better understand how their decisions have real-world implications on family farms.
In 2020, because of travel restrictions, the Farm Tour originally scheduled for Colorado’s San Luis Valley was moved online and broadcast via Zoom. While missing one-on-one interactions, the virtual nature of the day-long event allowed NPC to expand the number of attendees from EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) and broaden the offering to include staff from USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) program. In fact, more than 160 participants joined the tour – far surpassing the reach of a traditional farm tour.
Throughout the day, participants were provided information on pest management related to growing seed and in the pre-plant, planting, in the field, and post-harvest stages. Presenters ranged from growers, state managers, extension educators, and researchers from across the country on topics such as weeds, bacteria, nematodes, fungi, insects, and more.