2021 Cochran Fellowship Program - U.S. Pesticide System Study Tour

Funding Agency:
US Department of Agriculture

The Cochran Fellowship Program is requesting the design and delivery of training activities for a special initiative Cochran Fellowship Program on the U.S. regulatory system covering pesticides and maximum residue limits (MRL), among related topics.

Since 1984, the U.S. Congress has made funds available to the Cochran Fellowship Program for training agriculturalists from middle-income countries, emerging markets and emerging democracies. Training opportunities are for senior and mid-level specialists and administrators working in agricultural trade and policy, agribusiness development, management, animal, plant, and food sciences, extension services, agricultural marketing, and many other areas. Individuals selected for Cochran trainings come from both the public and private sectors. All training occurs in the United States. Training programs are designed and organized in conjunction with U.S. universities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other U.S. Government agencies, agribusinesses, and consultants.

The USDA aims to align pesticide registration systems and MRLs standard setting across Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and to do so based on the U.S. regulatory system and international standard setting bodies. Alignment of registration systems and trade standards based on risk is a complex process, involving multiple regulatory agencies and technical staff across regions and continents, and requires a multifaceted approach involving experts from a broad array of subject matters. Aligned trade standards support exports of U.S. agricultural products to foreign markets.

Access to new, low-risk pesticide products continues to be challenging for farmers around the world. Even when these products are available, farmers globally face trade barriers when residue standards differ, or do not exist, in export markets. Efforts to build regulatory capacity and encourage the adoption of import tolerances and Codex MRLs, when appropriate, can help reduce these trade barriers and ensure critical pest control tools are available to farmers.

FAS is requesting the design and delivery of a training program on the U.S. pesticide system for twenty-four Fellows from Latin America, Africa and Asia. The program would take place in the United States and could occur in multiple states/cities in 2022 or 2023. Fellows will be foreign government officials responsible for regulating and studying pesticides in their countries.

Deadline: July 30, 2021


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Eligibility Requirements

State cooperative institutions or other colleges and universities in the United States

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities

External Deadline

July 30, 2021