Glossary of Acronyms and Terms Used in USDA, EPA, and other Documents


1862s Land grant institutions established by the Morrill Act of 1862 (at least one in every state)
1890s Land grant institutions of higher learning that are historically black and were founded by the second Morrill Act, 1890
1994s Historically Native American institutions of higher learning
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AA Administrative Advisor; an experiment station director who has been assigned to work with a multistate research project
AAPCO American Association of Pest Control Officials
AAPSE American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators
ABPA Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act (2002)
AC Advisory Committee or Council
AChE Acetylcholinesterase
ACRC Ag Container Recycling Council
ACSH American Council on Science and Health
AE Acid Equivalent
AEOC APHIS Emergency Operations Center
AGDCI Agricultural Data Call-In
AHETF Agricultural Handlers Exposure Task Force
AI Active Ingredient
AIMS Agriculture Internet Monitoring System
ANT Acute Neuro-Toxicity (Study)
aPAD Acute Population Adjusted Dose
APHIS Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
APSCRO Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials
AR Anticipated Residue
AREERA Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998 Â (1998 Farm Bill)
ARIA Alternative Risk Integration and Assessment
ARS Agricultural Research Service
ARTF Agricultural Reentry Task Force
ATSDR Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
ATTRA Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas
AWQGP Agriculture Water Quality Grant Program
AWWA American Water Works Association
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BATS Biological Analysis and Taxonomic Support
BCF Bioconcentration Factor
BEAD Biological Effects Analysis Division in OPP
BIFS Biologically Integrated Farming Systems
BLM Bureau of Land Management
BMP Best Management Practice
BOAA Board on Agriculture Assembly (the agricultural division of NASULGC)
BPPD Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division in OPP
BRAG Biotechonology Risk Assessment Research Grants
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C & T Certification and Training
CABI Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau International
CALFED California Bay-Delta Authority
CAPS Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey
CARAT Committee to Advise on Reassessment and Transition
CARES Cumulative and Aggregate Risk Evaluation System
CASM Comprehensive Aquatic Systems Model
CCC California Coastal Commission
CCFL Codex Committee on Food Labeling
CCOF California Certified Organic Farmers
CCPR Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues
CDC Centers for Disease Control
CDPR California Department of Pesticide Regulation
CEQA California Environmental Quality Act
CES Cooperative Extension Service
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
ChEI Cholinesterase inhibition
CI Critical Issues
CIPM Center for Integrated Pest Management
CMBS Carbamate Market Basket Survey
COI eXtension – Community of Interest
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COP eXtension – Community of Practice
cPAD Chronic Population Adjusted Dose
CPDA Chemical Producers and Distributors Association
CPHST Center for Plant Health Sciences and Technology
CRA Cumulative Risk Assessment
CRIS Current Research Information System
CREATE 21 Creating Research, Extension, and Teaching Excellence for the 21st Century
CRP Conservation Reserve Program
CSA Community Supported Agriculture
CSANR Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources
CSF Confidential Statement of Formula
CSFII (USDA) Continuing Surveys for Food Intake by Individuals
CSPA Chemical Specialty Products Association
CSREES Cooperative States Research, Education and Extension Service
CTAG Certification and Training Assessment Group in USEPA
CTV Citrus Tristeza Virus
CUE Critical Use Exemption (for methyl bromide)
CWA (Federal) Clean Water Act
CWPB Certification and Worker Protection Branch in USEPA
CWS Community Water Systems
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DCI Data Call In
DEEM Dietary Exposure Evaluation Model
DFR Dislodgeable Foliar Residue
DHS Department of Homeland Security
DOD Department of Defense
DoI Department of the Interior
DWLOC Drinking Water Level of Concern
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EC Emulsifiable Concentrate
ECOP Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (part of the BOAA in NASULGC)
EDEN Extension Disaster Education Network
EDMVAC Endocrine Disruptor Methods Validation Advisory Committee
EDSP Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program
EDSTAC Endocrine Disruptor Screening and Testing Advisory Committee
EEC Estimated Environmental Concentration
EEC Estimated Environmental Concentration
EFED Environmental Fate and Effects Division
EFSA European Food Safety Authority
EIPM Extension Integrated Pest Management
EIPMC Extension IPM Cotton Program
ELISA Enzyme-linked Immunoabsorbent Assay
EP End-Use Product
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
EQIP Environmental Quality Incentives Program
ERS Economic Research Service
ESA Entomological Society of America
ESCOP Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy (part of the BOAA in NASULGC)
ESS Experiment Station Section of the BOAA
EUP End Use Product
EUP Experimental Use Permit
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FAS Foreign Agriculture Service
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FEAD Field and External Affairs Division
FFDCA Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act
FFY Federal Fiscal Year
FIFRA Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act
FIPMCC Federal IPM Coordinating Committee
FOB Functional Observation Battery
FOIA Freedom of Information Act
FQPA Food Quality Protection Act
FR Federal Register
FRAC Fungicide Resistance Action Committee
FSA Farm Service Agency
FTE Full-Time Equivalent
FWS (U.S.) Fish and Wildlife Service
FY Fiscal Year
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G Granular (formulation)
GAO Government Accounting Office
GAP Good Agricultural Practices
GHP Good Handling Practices
GIPSA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
GIS Geographic Information System
GLP Good Laboratory Practices
GMO Genetically Modified Organism
GPDD Global Pesticide Disease Database
GPRA Government Performance and Results Act of 1993
GPS Global Positioning System
GRAS Generally Regarded as Safe
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HAFT Highest Average Field Trial
Hatch Funds Federal funds administered by experiment stations. The Hatch Act of 1887 established SAES and provided a mechanism for allocation federal support. Hatch Funds are also known as Formula Funds
HED Health Effects Division of Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) in USEPA
HRAC Herbicide Resistance Action Committee
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ICCVAM Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods
ICR Information Collection Request
IFAFS Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems
IFOAM International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements
IGR Insect Growth Regulator
IIFG Inert Ingredient Focus Group
IOP Integrated Organic Program
IPM Integrated Pest Management
IPPC Integrated Plant Protection Center
IR Index Reservoir
IR-4 Interregional Research Project #4
IRAC Insecticide Resistance Action Committee
IRED Interim Registration Eligibility Document
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JEIOG Joint Emissions Inventory Oversight Group
JMPR Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues
Kd Soil-water partition coefficient
Kg Kilogram
K list Listed Hazardous Wastes from Specific Sources
KP Permeability Coefficient
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LADD Lifetime Average Daily Dose
LC50 Median Lethal Concentration
LD50 Median Lethal Dose
LGU Land Grant University
LIVE Low Input Viticulture and Enology
LOAEC Lowest Observed Adverse Effect Concentration
LOAEL Lowest Observed Adverse Effect Level
LOC Level of Concern
LOD Limit of Detection
LOEC Lowest Observed Effect Concentration
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MATC Maximum Acceptable Toxicant Concentration
MBT Methyl Bromide Transition (Grant)
MCFA Minor Crops Farmer Alliance
MCL Maximum Contaminant Level
MOE Margin of Exposure
MRID Master Record Identification (number)
MRL Maximum Residue Level
MRP Multi-state Research Project
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NACEPT National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology
NAPIS National Agricultural Pest Information System
NAS National Academy of Sciences
NASDA National Agriculture State Departments of Agriculture
NASS National Agricultural Statistical Service
NASULGC National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges
NAWG National Association of Wheat Growers
NAWQA National Water Quality Assessment Program
NCAP National Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides
NCEA National Center for Environmental Assessment
NCIPMC North Central Integrated Pest Management Center
NCPFL National Coalition for Pesticide-Free Lawns
NEETF National Environmental Education and Training Foundation
NEHA National Environmental Health Association
NEIPMC >Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center
NEPA National Environmental Policy Act
NERL National Exposure Research Laboratory
NETAC National Effluent Toxicity Assessment Center
NFIPME National Foundation on IPM Education
NHANES National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
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NIFA National Institute for Food and Agriculture
NIMSS National Information Management and Support System
NIPMEG National IPM Evaluation Group
NMFS National Marine Fisheries Service
NOAEC No Observed Adverse Effect Concentration
NOAEL No Observed Adverse Effect Level
NPB National Plant Board
NPDES National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
NPDN National Plant Diagnostic Network
NPFD National Pesticide Field Data
NPIC National Pesticide Information Center
NPL National Program Leader
NPMA National Pest Management Association
NPS Non-Point Source
NPSA National Pesticide Stewardship Alliance
NRC National Research Council
NRCS National Resources Conservation Service
NRDC National Resources Defense Council
NRI National Research Initiative
NSF National Science Foundation
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OAR Office of Air and Radiation
OCIA Organic Crop Improvement Association
OECA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
OECD Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
OEHHA (California) Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
OFRF Organic Farming and Research Foundation
OGC Office of General Counsel
OHS Office of Homeland Security
OMB Office of Management and Budget
OMRI Organic Materials Review Institute
OP Organophosphate
OPEI Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation
OPMP Office of Pest Management Policy of USDA
OPP Office of Pesticide Programs (USEPA)
OPPTS Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances (USEPA)
ORD Office of Research and Development
ORETF Outdoor Residential Exposure Task Force
ORG Organic Grant Program
OSCP Office of Science Coordination and Policy
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OTCO Oregon Tilth Certified Organic
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PAD Population Adjusted Dose
PAMS Prevention, Avoidance, Monitoring and Suppression
PAS Phytosanitary Alert System
PAS Plant and Animal Systems (Unit of USDA/CSREES)
PAT Pesticide Applicator Training [Program] (renamed PSEP)
PCA Percent Crop Area
PCA Pest Control Advisor
PD Project Director
PDCI Product Specific Data Call-In
PDP Pesticide Data Program (in USDA)
PEAP Pesticide Education and Assessment Programs
PESP Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program
PGR Plant Growth Regulator
PHED Pesticide Handler’s Exposure Data
PHI Pre-harvest Interval
PI Principle Investigator
PIAP Pesticide Impact Assessment Program (no longer funded)
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PIP Plant Incorporated Protectants
PMRA (Canada’s) Pest Management Regulatory Agency
PNS Peripheral Nervous System
PIPE Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education
PMAP Pest Management Alternatives Program
PMSP Pest Management Strategic Plan
POD Point of Departure
POP Persistent Organic Pollutant
PPDC Pesticide Program Dialog Committee
PPE Personal Protective Equipment
PPLS Pesticide Product Label System
PPQ (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine
PRA Preliminary Risk Assessment
PRAPeR Pesticide Risk Assessment Peer Review
PRN Pesticide Registration Notice
PRSB Policy and Regulatory Services Branch
PSEP Pesticide Safety Education Program (formerly PAT)
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Q1* Carcinogenic Potential of a Compound, Quantified by EPA’s Cancer Risk Model
QAI Quality Assurance International
QRC Quality Review Committee (of SAB)
RABID Risk Analysis Biological Informational Database
RAC Raw Agricultural Commodity
RAMP Risk Avoidance Mitigation Program
RCRA Resource conservation and Recovery Act
RD Registration Division
RFA Request for Applications
RFP Request for Proposals
RED Reregistration Eligibility Document
REI Restricted Entry Interval
REO Regional Environmental Officer
RfD Reference Dose
RIPM Regional Integrated Pest Management
RISE Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment
RMA Risk Management Agency
RPA Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives
RPF Relative Potency Factor
RPM Reasonable and Prudent Measures
RQ Risk Quotient
RTU Ready to Use
RUP Restricted Use Pesticide
RWQCB Regional Water Quality Control Board
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SAB (EPA) Scientific Advisory Board
SAES State Agricultural Experiment Station(s)
SAI Strategic Agricultural Initiative (EPA)
SAP Scientific Advisory Panel
SARA Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act
SARE Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
SC Steering Committee
SDWA Safe Drinking Water Act
SF Safety Factor
SLA State Lead Agency
SLC Single Layer Clothing
SLN Special Local Need (Section 24(c) of FIFRA)
SPHD State Plant Health Director
SPHVCC State Public Health Vector Control Conference
SPIREG State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group
SRRD Special Review and Reregistration Division
SPRO State Plant Regulatory Official
SRG Special Research Grants
SRIPMC Southern Region Integrated Pest Management Center
SSPA Sound Science Policy Alliance
SWAPA Soil, Water, Animals, Plants, and Air
SWOT Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (a tool for program analysis/planning)
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TEP Typical End-Use Product
TGAI Technical Grade Active Ingredient
TMDL Total Maximum Daily Load
TOR Threshold of Regulation
TRAC Tolerance Reassessment Advisory Committee
TRED Tolerance Registration Eligibility Document
T-REX Terrestrial Residue Exposure (model)
TSCA Toxic Substances Control Act
UF Uncertainty Factor
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
USFWS United States Fish and Wildlife Service
USGS United States Geological Survey
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VCP Voluntary Cleanup Program
Vac Vacuum
VCS Vapor Collection System
VE Visual Emissions
VEO Visible Emission Observation
VHAP Volatile Hazardous Air Pollutant
Visc Viscosity
V/L Volume to Liquid (ratio)
VOC Volatile Organic Compound
VOM Volatile Organic Material
VSD Virtually Safe Dose
VSI Visual Site Inspection
VP Vapor Pressure
VSS Volatile Suspended Solids
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WERA-69 Western Extension and Research Activities (Coordination of Integrated Pest Management Research & Extension/Educational Programs for the Western United States & Pacific)
WETEC Wheat Export Trade Education Committee
WD Wind Direction
WIPMC Western Integrated Pest Management Center
WMI Watershed Management Initiative
WP Wettable Powder
WPS Worker Protection Standards
WQ Water Quality
WQS Water Quality Standard
WSCIA Washington State Crop Improvement Association
WSDA Washington State Department of Agriculture
WSP Water Soluble Powder
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XC X-ray Crystallography
XRF X-ray Fluorescence
XHV Extreme High Vacuum
YTD Year to Date
Z list The OSHA table of Permissible Exposure Limits, so named because the tables are identified as Z-1, Z-2, and Z-3
ZD Zero Drift
ZID Zone of Initial Dilution
ZM Zone Manager
ZRL Zero Risk Level