California growers, structural pest control applicators and those involved in landscape maintenance reduced the amount of pesticides they used for the fourth consecutive year, according to a report from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

For 2009, nearly 156 million pounds of pesticides were reported applied statewide, a decrease of nearly 8 million pounds or 5 percent from 2008.

Pesticide use in agriculture dropped by 5.1 million pounds.

State regulations require all commercial users to report pesticide applications monthly to the local agricutlural commissioner, who forwards the data to the department.

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