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2015 MRL Workshop: June 3-4

The 2015 MRL Workshop will be June 3-4 in San Francisco: The interactive seminar will address critically important issues for stakeholders with interests in exporting agricultural products. Growers, packers, shippers, PCAs, registrants, regulators, trade experts, and other stakeholders in international trade are strongly encouraged to attend.
Presentation Topics: international trade trends, global registrations, pesticide residue monitoring, MRL strategies for growers, updates for international residue standards (US, NAFTA, Asia, EU, Codex, global etc.), inadvertent issues and panel discussions. In addition to nationally known experts, we will also have 5-6 international presenters.
June 2, 2015 (Tuesday) 3 PM - 6:00 PM Early Registration
June 3, 2015 (Wednesday) 8 AM – 5:00 PM followed by evening reception (ends at 7 PM)
June 4, 2015 (Thursday) 8 AM – noon (A MCFA meeting will follow in the afternoon.)
June 3, 2015 Continental breakfast (7:00 AM), lunch (noon) and evening reception (5:00-7:00 PM) June 4, 2015 Continental breakfast (7:00 AM)
Location: Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf at 1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
Early Registration by April 30 is $425 (After April 30, $475):
Registration fees will be handled through our Pay Pal account. Those who rather pay at the meeting site will have that option. If you cancel your participation to the Workshop prior to May 15 there is no penalty. No refund for cancellation after May 15.
On-line Meeting Registration: Click Here
Conference Hotel is Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf: Click Here
Limited room block available at the group rate of $199 pt. Use code "STR" to get group rate. Use early bird option; to get room for $179 pt (only 50 rooms available at this rate) use code "MWE". Deadline for room block at conference rate: May 2, 2015
Phone: 1-415-771-9000 or 1-800-942-7348
For Pest Control Advisors: 5.0 CEUs (pending CDPR approval)
2015 Agenda: The agenda is now available. Word doc or PDF
Contact Information: For those with questions please contact: Gary W. Van Sickle,
Executive Director, 31831 Road 132, Visalia CA 93292,


2015 MRL Workshop Presentations:


  1. Trade Report (Mayra Caldera) Click Here
  2. Agrochemical Regulation in the EU - Changes to Legislation & Potential Impacts (Dr. Caroline Harris & Rober Mason) Click Here
  3. Korean MRL Setting & Positive List System (Hyochin Kim) Click Here
  4. Maximum Residue Limts Settlement and Regulations in Taiwan (Yi-Ting, Emily Kao) Click Here
  5. Pesticide Regulation System Japan (Atsuko Horibe) Click Here
  6. Mexico MRL Assignments Rule (Alma Tovar Diaz) Click Here
  7. Introducing the Global MRL Database (Kimberly Berry) Click Here
  8. Improving the Linkage Between Global MRL Standards & Growers (Bryant Christie, Inc. & Agrain, Inc.) Click Here
  9. California Association of Pest Control Advisers (Renee Rianda) Click Here
  10. Field Pesticide Program (Renee Rianda) Click Here
  11. Development of an MRL - Compliment IPM Program for Cherry (John E. Dunley) Click Here
  12. EPA Regulatory Update (Barbara Madden) Click Here
  13. Global MRL Challenges (Lois Rossi) Click Here


  1. Canadian MRL update (Gord Kurbis) Click Here
  2. Pesticide Residue Reports in the USA & UE (Heidi Irrig, M.Sc.) Click Here
  3. Codex Regulations (Barbara Madden) Click Here
  4. IR-4's Support for US Exports New Strategic Plan: Vision 20/20 (Dan Kunkel) Click Here
  5. California Pesticide Residue Monitoring: How We Do It (Amna Hawatky) Click Here
  6. Postharvest Technologies for Residue Remediation (Spencer Walse) Click Here
  7. Can Residue Decline Curves Help Compliance with Foreign & Secondary MRLs? (Molly Miller) Click Here

2014 MRL Workshop Presentations


  1. Foreign Agricultural Service Update, United States Department of Agriculture (Rasmussen) Click Here
  2. Recent Developments in MRL Estimations in the EU (Hohgart) Click Here
  3. MRL and Trade (Thorp, Ph.D.) Click Here
  4. Impacts of EU Pesticide Regulatory System on US Growers (Ludwig, Ph.D.) Click Here
  5. Import Tolerance and Positive List System of pesticide in Korea (Kim) Click Here
  6. Upper Midwest Strategic Development of MRL Managment Systems in Tree Fruit (Whalon) Click Here
  7. Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine (Bell) Click Here
  8. MRL Issues for California Citrus (Cranney) Click Here
  9. MRLs Then and Now (Lanini) Click Here
  10. CA Specialty Crop Council 2014 MRL Harmonization Workshop (Mori) Click Here
  11. MRLs; Our Past , Present & Future (Irrig) Click Here
  12. Registrant Panel Discussion in 2014 MRL Harmonization Workshop (Huang) Click Here
  13. Example MRL issues/solutions registrants face (Brindle) Click Here
  14. International Iniatives (Rossi) Click Here


  1. Canadian MRL update (Patelle) Click Here
  2. Non-Anticipated Impacts of Residue Tolerances (Ritenour) Click Here
  3. Emerging Pesticide Residue Regulations in Hong Kong: August 2014 Enactment of its Modified Positive List (Willett) Click Here
  4. Supporting US Export Markets (Sisco) Click Here
  5. MRL Database Grower Priority (Lantz) Click Here

2013 MRL Workshop Presentations:

  1. US Ag Trade and Farm Policy (Schramm) Click Here
  2. Logistics (Leitner) Click Here
  3. Food Co. Perspectives on MRLs (Williams) Click Here
  4. Trade Issues USDA-FAS (Scott) Click Here
  5. US EPA Harmonization Activities (Madden) Click Here
  6. EU Regulatory Initiatives (Eimontaite) Click Here
  7. Canadian Minor Use Program (Sethi) Click Here
  8. Central America (Fernandez) Click Here
  9. Asia Overview (Berry) Click Here
  10. Russia (Paggi) Click Here
  11. Cost of MRLs (Scholz) Click Here
  12. Secondary Standards (Irrig) Click Here
  13. Analytical Testing (Saini) Click Here
  14. IR-4 Global Residue Studies (Kunkel) Click Here
  15. Codex 101 (Madden) Click Here
  16. Methyl Bromide and Montreal Protocol (Botts) Click Here
  17. Managing MRLs – Methyl Bromide as Tool (Walse) Click Here
  18. MRL Database and Global Priorities (Berry) Click Here

2013 CEU Information for Pest Control Advisors:  7.0 CEUs
June 5 CDPR Code M-0748-13     5.0 Hours   (0.5 Laws and Regs; 4.5 Other)
June 6 CDPR Code M-0749-13     2.0 Hours   (0.5 Laws and Regs; 1.5 Other)



2012 MRL Workshop Presentations:

  1. US Ag Products/ Global Consumers (Paggi) Click Here
  2. Trade Barriers (Tabor) Click Here
  3. US EPA Harmonization Activities (Rossi) Click Here
  4. Canadian Regulations and RCC (Law) Click Here
  5. EU Regulations and Legislation (Richter) Click Here
  6. China Regulations and Legislation (Song) Click Here
  7. MRL Driven IPM (Whalon) Click Here
  8. Analytical Challenges (Lupean) Click Here
  9. Vulnerability (Barron) Click Here
  10. 2012 Grower/PCA Panel (Lanini et al.) Click Here
  11. IR-4/ 2012 Global Minor Use Summit (Kunkel) Click Here
  12. Korea (Cranney) Click Here
  13. Asia (Berry) Click Here
  14. Japanese MRL Project (Berger and Downing) Click Here
  15. Methyl Bromide and Montreal Protocol (Botts) Click Here
  16. Challenges of Globally Harmonized MRLs (Tiu) Click Here
  17. Wrap Up and Action Items 2012 MRL Workshop Click Here