The Office of Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis (ORACBA) was established by the Federal Crop Insurance Reform and Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994 (P.L. 103-354, H.R.4271,
Section 304). ORACBA began operation on April 15, 1995, in USDA's Office of the Chief Economist.
The Office of Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis's (ORACBA) primary role is to ensure that major regulations proposed by USDA are based on sound scientific and economic analysis.
2016 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series
First Friday of each month at 2 p.m. (EST)
This webinar series provides information about good and bad insects. We will discuss how you can help pollinators and other good insects by using pesticides properly. We will also talk about how to control insects we think of as bad, like fire ants, vegetable bugs, a new invasive fruit fly, and cockroaches. We will even have a webinar about snakes, although they're not really insects but can be a pest or a beneficial, depending on how you look at them
The webinars are brought to you by the following eXtension Communities of Practice: Imported Fire Ants, and Urban IPM; and by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Texas A&M AgriLIfe Extension Service, and the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture.
New Schedule now available at http://risk.jifsan.umd.edu/registration/. Courses of particular interest to the risk assessment community: Safety/Risk Assessment of Chemicals in Food, October 15-16 and Fall Integrated Program (November 2-20).