Washington has among the most diverse temperate agriculture in the world with over 400 crops and sites which have challenging pest management needs.
Washington ranks in the top five states for production of many crops ranging from apples to Brussels sprout seed. Many of our crops are exported and must meet stringent standards to be accepted by our trading partners.
The pest management needs for this broad range of crops is great and the loss of many crop protection tools in the 1980’s and 1990’s resulted in a pest management crisis. In 1994, the Washington State Legislature responded by creating the Washington State Commission on Pesticide Registration (WSCPR). The Commission has funded projects supporting pest management efforts in 65 different crops or sites ranging from apples to wasabi and oysters to pollinators.