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New EPA Guidance for Testing Pesticides Will Reduce Animal Testing
EPA is issuing guidance for requesting waivers of acute dermal toxicity testing requirements for pesticide formulations, which will lead to fewer animal tests for acute dermal toxicity for pesticides. Last March, EPA released a “Draft Retrospective Analysis for Waiving Acute Dermal Toxicity Tests for Pesticide Formulations,” which included guidance for pesticide manufacturers to request waivers of acute dermal toxicity studies for formulations.

Registration Open for Ohio’s Sustainable Food and Farm Conference
Registration is now open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 38th annual conference, Growing Today, Transforming Tomorrow. The conference will run Feb. 9-11 at the Dayton Convention Center in Dayton, OhioOEFFA is offering a reduced registration rate for members who register by December 15. A limited number of beginning farmer scholarships and reduced volunteer spaces are also available. Online registration will be open until January 23.