WASHINGTON---The EPA announced a three-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) in Arlington, VA, Oct. 18 to 20 to discuss issues related to the re-registration of Bt cotton, corn and potatoes. EPA recently released its preliminary risk assessment for these Bt crops, and this report will be the focal point of discussions.

The first day of the meetings will focus on insect resistance management. Hollis Isbell, chairman of the American Cotton Producers, will provide public comments at the meeting. The second day will concentrate on environmental issues, and the last meeting will consider Bt technology's benefits. Dr. Kent Lanclos from the NCC's Economic Services will comment on Bt cotton's benefits.

EPA recently extended the registration for Bt cotton until September 2001. Bollgard registration was due to expire in January. EPA will use the results of the panel discussions, as well as other discussions and documents, to make a final re-registration decision for Bt cotton by next summer.

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