Val Dolcini, the Director of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), has resigned effective July 2nd and will be returning to Washington, D.C. Before returning to California, Dolcini served in leadership positions at the Farm Service Agency and the Pollinator Partnership. Dolcini came back to California initially to serve as the Deputy Director of Agriculture for Cal/EPA. Dolcini was then appointed as the Director of DPR.
The Director of the DPR is one of the most controversial positions within the State of California. Val’s even temperament allowed him to work with a diverse group of stakeholders. He took time to understand the needs of the citrus industry, especially our fight to protect against HLB. California Citrus Mutual would like to wish Val the best in his future endeavors.
The State is now looking to find a new Director and Chief Deputy Director after the position was vacated earlier this year. These positions will be significant for the citrus industry as draft regulations of neonicotinoids are released and the development of a new proposed pesticide notification program.
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