Developing a Communication Platform that Meets the Needs of both FIFRA Labeling Instructions and Endangered Species Act Avoidance and Minimization Requirements

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Developing a Communication Platform that Meets the Needs of both FIFRA Labeling Instructions and Endangered Species Act Avoidance and Minimization Requirements

As more pesticides move through the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) endangered species biological evaluation toward formal Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 consultation, a revised technological platform with an expanded scope is needed to effectively communicate both Federal Fungicide Insecticide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and ESA-related application instructions to end users.  Here we discuss critical elements and digital platforms that would better meet the needs of both FIFRA registration and ESA Section 7 label instructions, including 1) spatial resolution, 2) temporal resolution, 3) proximity to sensitive habitat, 4) application technologies, 5) environmental conditions constraints, and 6) possible application reporting features.