|Description of duties
- Provides scientific and technical guidance to assure that adequate risk assessment, cost benefit analysis, and environmental assessments are completed for all regulations associated with weed management and herbicide registration and review.
- Works with policy and decision makers to support better understanding of agronomic management practices and related scientific information relative to integrated pest control measures.
- Identifies potential legal and regulatory issues associated with herbicide use and weed management strategies.
- Provides expert review and comment on scientific analyses, risk analyses and their supporting documents, regulations, and other materials as requested by the Director, OPMP, and other USDA senior leaders.
- Identifies developments in risk analysis, environmental sciences, science policy issues and/or proposed pest management regulatory decisions that have implications for agriculture and USDA programs.
- Uses a variety of analytical methods and techniques to assess a wide range of scientific, legal, and risk issues related to pest management and pesticides.
- Represents USDA on various agronomy-related committees and work groups as well as national and international meetings, conferences, and workshops for risk assessment and environmental concerns related to weed management and herbicides.
- Provides independent scientific advice on weed management and herbicide issues and risk assessment to USDA agencies.
- Plans and coordinates environmental evaluations and risk assessments involving complex crop production systems, including specialty crops, and large ecological systems.
- Presents results of analyses to USDA and EPA (and other regulatory agencies) and prepares plans to mitigate the biological and economic impacts of proposed pesticide and pest management regulatory decisions.
- Serves as a liaison with EPA regulatory and scientific staffs, USDA staff, and Land Grant and industry scientists involved in risk assessment related to pest management/pesticides.