Working Together on Minor Use Issues

 The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Technical Working Group (TWG) on Pesticides was established in 1997 to streamline certain pesticide shipments between Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Their primary objective is to develop easier and less expensive pesticide regulation and trade among the three countries and meet the environmental, ecological, and human health objectives of NAFTA. TWG partners address trade issues, national regulatory and scientific capacity, governmental review burden, and they coordinate regulatory decisionmaking and industry burden reduction.

USDA has created a strategic plan to implement its vision. The framework of this plan depends on these key activities: expanding markets for agricultural products and support international economic development, further developing alternative markets for agricultural products and activities, providing financing needed to help expand job opportunities and improve housing, utilities and infrastructure in rural America, enhancing food safety by taking steps to reduce the prevalence of foodborne hazards from farm to table, improving nutrition and health by providing food assistance and nutrition education and promotion, and managing and protecting America's public and private lands working cooperatively with other levels of government and the private sector.

The USDA provides much support to minor uses under their National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) at: who provide the primary funding for the US IR-4 Minor Use Program, The Agricultural Research Service (ARS), minor use program at and the Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) at


The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment. EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs OPP regulates the use of all pesticides in the United States and establishes maximum levels for pesticide residues in food, thereby safeguarding the nation's food supply. EPA has extended access to information on risk assessment and risk management actions to help increase transparency of decision making and facilitate consultation with the public and affected stakeholders. For minor use information please click here

EPPO promotes the exchange and synthesis of information and facilitates collaboration in support of the role of National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs) concerning:
 • Technical justification of phytosanitary measures
 • Sustainable and effective plant protection practices
 • Scientifically-based harmonization of methods and procedures
The link above provides EPPO minor use activities.