All pesticides that are sold in Arizona must be registered with the Arizona Department of Agriculture. Pesticide is any substance that prevents, destroys, repells or mitigates any pest, is a plant regulator, defoliant or dessicant. So as you can see the term pesticide is a general term that includes herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, rodenticides, antimicrobials etc. All agricultural use pesticides must also be reviewed by Arizona Department of Environmental Quality before they can be registered for use by the Arizona Department of Agriculture. In addition all 25(b) FIFRA exempt products must also follow the same registration process in Arizona.
Where does the funding from pesticide registration go?
Pesticide registration is currently $110 per product. Seventy-five dollars goes to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's Water Quality Assurance Revolving Fund (WQARF). Thirty-five dollars goes into the Arizona Department of Agriculture's Pesticide Trust Fund.
What is the money in the Pesticide Trust Fund Used for?
The money in the trust fund is used for the Environmental Services Division operating expenses to run the pesticide program. This includes, but is not limited to, field and office staff salaries, vehicle expenses, lab analysis, field supplies, office supplies etc. In addition the money is used for the very popular unuseable pesticide disposal program. This program allows anyone holding a pesticide cerdential of any sort with the department to bring in most pesticides that are no longer useable to them. This program usually takes place in the spring. Finally the department is entering into an agreement to fund a Pesticide Education Speciallist with the University of Arizona.*
* No administrative/indirect costs may be allotted to the budgeted project.