This emergency exemption, valid for up to 15 days, is necessary to avert significant losses by the California cotton industry due to an unprecedented infestation of Lygus bugs. Current Lygus counts are massive compared to typical years. Due to the immense, continued pest pressure, currently registered pesticides are not able to provide adequate control. The timing of the infestation and the growth stage of the cotton is now critical and will result in 20% or more yield losses in affected areas. The registered product Sefina® Insecticide (afidopyropen) is only currently registered to allow for two applications on cotton to control Lygus infestations when more may prove beneficial in controlling severe Lygus outbreaks. It is also probable that the constant, high usage of currently registered pesticides will adversely impact natural predator survival which in turn will cause a cascade effect and lead to a large emergence of both aphid and whitefly populations in the latter half of the cotton production season. This may negatively affect subsequent cotton quality and lead to “sticky cotton” which can severely affect the resulting prices growers can sell their cotton for. Allowing for an additional third usage of Sefina will help greatly in controlling both lygus and whitefly surges through the remaining portion of the cotton growing season, which in turn will help to mitigate further damage to California’s cotton harvest. Please see Attachment for additional information.