The annual Pesticide Stewardship Conference will be Oct. 19-22 at the Tucson Marriott University Park in Tucson, Ariz. The theme of this year's conference — Stewardship Issues: Discussions for a Global Community — will emphasize the diversity of public and private sector organizations and non-profits involved in stewardship issues worldwide.

The annual conference, which features educational sessions, technical presentations and exhibits, brings together key industry organizations. including the Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC), Environmental Protection Agency, CropLife America, American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators (AAPSE), Ag Retailers Association (ARA), and National Pest Management Association (NPMA).

In addition, state pesticide collection programs, hazardous waste management companies and container recycling programs use this conference as their principal networking and learning site.

NPSA invites anyone interested in giving a technical presentation on a pesticide stewardship issue to submit a title-summary form for presentation by May 15. Presentations generally run about 20 minutes, and should address pesticide stewardship issues such as new products, state program case studies, training programs and policy perspectives in the U.S. and abroad.

Individuals and organizations can also arrange a special session such as a moderated panel, round table or symposium around a specific topic. Topics of interest to the NPSA are: International Pesticide Issues, Pesticide Disposal, Desert Endangered Species, Water and Pesticide Interaction, Ag Plastic Recycling, Pesticide Security, IPM, Emerging Pesticide Stewardship Issues, Label Language (Multi-Lingual), Pesticide Training, and Increasing Collection Program Efficiency.

To arrange a special session or to request a Title-Summary Submission Form, please contact Ginny Prest/NPSA at (509) 786-9215, or e-mail prestv@wsu.edu.

The National Pesticide Stewardship Alliance was founded in 2000 in order to foster pesticide waste management and recycling programs, but has since evolved to encompass many other aspects of pesticide stewardship.

For more information visit the new NPSA website, www.npsalliance.org or call 1-877-920-6772.