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©CropLife America 2014

PROTECTING CROPS PROTECTING LIFE

Vern Hawkins

Chairman, CLA Board of Directors
Syngenta Crop Protection

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

As of July 2014


Vern Hawkins

Chairman of the Board,
Syngenta Crop Protection


Brian Ahrens

ADAMA


Diane Allemang

Cheminova, Inc.


Jeffrey Allison

United Phosphorus, Inc.


Jim Blome

Bayer CropScience


Andrew Bodane

Sipcam Agro USA


Jeff Bunting

GROWMARK, Inc.


David Cassidy

Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc.


Donald Chew 

PBI/Gordon Corporation


William Culpepper

SePro Corporation


Ken Elsbury

Chemtura Corporation

Lisa Safarian

Monsanto Company


Lee Schaber

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company


Leigh Shockey

Drexel Chemical Company


David Tretter

Crop Production Services, Inc.


Jeff Tweedy

Arysta LifeScience


Mike Vande Logt

WinField


Dan Vradenburg

Wilbur-Ellis Company


Susanne Wasson

Dow AgroSciences LLC


Eric Wintemute

AMVAC Chemical Corporation


Jim Wissmiller

Tenkoz, Inc.


Jay Vroom

ex officio, CropLife America

CLA MEMBERS

As of July 2014


ABC Laboratories, Inc.
ADAMA
AGDATA, L.P.
Agri Marketing Magazine
Agrian, Inc.
AgriCapital Corporation
AgriThority
American Spice Trade Association
AMVAC Chemical Corporation
ARCADIS U.S., Inc.
Arent Fox LLP
Arysta LifeScience
Asmark Institute
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
BASF Corporation
Battelle Memorial Institute
Bayer CropScience
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
BMO Capital Markets
The Canyon Group, LLC
Chem Nut, Inc.
Cheminova, Inc.
Chemtura Corporation
The Coca-Cola Company
Compliance Services International
Crop Data Management Systems, Inc.
Crop Production Services, Inc.
Crowell & Moring LLP
Direct Ag Source, LLC
Dow AgroSciences LLC
Drexel Chemical Company
DuPont Crop Protection

Crop protection products and diagnostic tools have become more precise and effective, allowing growers more control over crop threats. Every day, farmers use crop protection products to guard their growing crops from the effects of weeds, insects and disease and to sustainably increase yields. Current innovations allow crops to flourish in arid regions, improve crop protection efficiency and user safety, and reduce labor and other costs. Product discovery and innovation are the foundation of modern agriculture and successful crop diagnostic tools, and with continued research and development farmers will have the products and proven agronomic practices they need to healthfully feed, clothe and fuel our growing nation.

This report examines how CropLife America (CLA) and its members work to ensure crop diagnostic tools, in combination with crop protection products, are developed and distributed for our country’s farmers and ranchers.

We all know that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, regular exercise and routine visits to the doctor contribute to a healthy life. But what does it take to maintain healthy crops? Crop diagnostics help farmers accurately identify crop issues and manage the health of our nation’s food, fiber and renewable fuels. Prescriptive agriculture methods, such as integrated pest management, aerial application and regular scouting, effectively assist farmers and ranchers in controlling crop threats. Crop protection products play an important role in the diagnostics driven process and integrate with the many tools farmers employ to ensure healthy food is available year-round. Similar to visiting a doctor for a diagnosis and treatment regime, farmers, or crop doctors, use crop protection products as remedies to nurture crops.

As the voice of the industry that develops, manufactures, formulates and distributes crop protection products, CLA works directly with regulatory agencies to improve processes that maintain a high level of protection for public health and the environment. The work of CLA’s members and staff, under the leadership of CLA’s Board, create new solutions that U.S. farmers and ranchers need to counter myriad dangers that threaten crops. From crop diagnostics to prescriptive agriculture, our nation’s farmers and ranchers work to provide families across the country with the nutritious food required to lead a healthy life.

Jay Vroom

President and CEO
CropLife America

A recent survey found that nearly 50 percent of Americans polled believe that large farms put their interests over those of the consumer. Despite an increase in food choices and consistently low prices at the grocery store, almost half of the U.S. population has lost faith in U.S. agriculture. Farmers and ranchers are frustrated with their inability to effectively reach consumers and bridge a divide that has firmly planted farmers on one side and consumers on the other.


Healthy crops are critical to all types of farming. Crop diagnostics, a whole systems approach to scouting fields and assessing crop health, are part of a modern agricultural process that helps farmers troubleshoot crop threats, develop a treatment plan and monitor crops for recovery. As part of a “hands-on” prescriptive agriculture approach, crop diagnostics assist farmers in accurately diagnosing and managing agricultural crop issues. Farmers perform crop diagnostics by using a variety of methods, including precision agriculture tools and techniques, seed treatments, integrated pest management and a wide range of crop protection products. Using techniques that utilize the latest technology, farmers can collect the data they need to pinpoint specific areas of concern in their fields.

NUTRITION & HUMAN HEALTH

Health organizations, scientists and doctors advise consumers to eat a balanced diet with a focus on fresh fruits and vegetables to enjoy a healthy and long life. In fact, a recent study found that eating up to seven servings of fruit and vegetables a day can reduce the risk of premature death by 42 percent. Farmers perform crop diagnostics in order to grow the healthiest crops possible, using modern agriculture tools and practices to evaluate their crops for potential health issues and create a treatment plan. The proper diagnosis and treatment of crops helps farmers grow a full harvest that ultimately provides consumers with a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables to choose from year-round.


CLA is the voice of an industry that helps farmers keep grocery store shelves and farmers markets stocked with a wide assortment of nutritious food and produce while reducing strain on our natural resources. Through legislative and regulatory advocacy, legal support and communications outreach, CLA ensures common sense policies and regulations are put in place that enhance the U.S. agricultural system. The association’s daily activities help provide farmers with the crop diagnostic tools they need to grow nutritious and healthy food. A major component of CLA’s activities and goals includes providing interested audiences with facts and information about modern agricultural practices through toolkits, posters, news releases, videos and more. Whether it’s online or in person, those passionate about agriculture can confidently and accurately discuss the benefits of crop protection with others.

Steve Gullickson

MGK


James Hay

DuPont Crop Protection


Gregory Johnson

Fine Americas, Inc.


Jeffrey Johnson

Nichino America, Inc.


John Kasper

FMC Corporation


Andrew Lee

Valent U.S.A. Corporation


Darryl Matthews

Nufarm Americas, Inc.


Mike McCarty

Helena Chemical Company


Nevin McDougall

BASF Corporation


Chris Payne

Chem Nut, Inc.


Steve Petersen

Gowan Company, LLC

CLA’s Tell Me More initiative uses posters, infographics and blog posts to disseminate
key talking points and facts about modern agriculture and crop protection. Now in its fourth year, Tell Me More is spreading to a wider audience and continues to evolve to
meet the needs of agvocates across the country. Tell Me More’s 
Masters in Modern Agriculture (MMA) honorary degree is designed to help everyone learn something new about agriculture and crop protection products, whether they have years of experience within the industry, come from a farming background or are new to agriculture. To date, there are 534 graduates across the country that have earned their MMA, sharing their knowledge and modern agriculture experiences with others.

CLA’s innovative photo campaign, Modern Agriculture Matters, encourages families, friends and co-workers to show support for modern farming and the work of the crop protection industry. The campaign’s purpose is to show the world that the crop protection industry and those who support modern farming technologies are real people with a real passion for agriculture! By submitting a photo, participants share their story with approximately 200 Modern Agriculture Matters participants and join a large network of peers who want to talk about modern agriculture.

A balanced and inclusive dialogue is critical to the future development of modern agricultural solutions, and CLA uses its conferences and forums to invite all viewpoints to the table. CLA’s conferences facilitate critical dialogue around food, nutrition and agriculture through events like the National Policy Conference, encouraging diverse viewpoints to discuss issues facing the industry and the Spring Conference, bringing together the best minds from regulatory, scientific and industry backgrounds. Whether conventional or organic, small or large farms, CLA believes that a balanced and informed conversation benefits everyone.

ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS

The crop protection industry helps protect consumer health by ensuring the production of safe, quality food. These products are used to prevent and protect from plant disease, harmful molds and insect damage. CLA members test their products extensively and according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements to ensure the use of their products do not cause harm to human health or the environment. This includes reproductive health and the safety of children both before and after they are born.
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PUBLIC HEALTH

Pesticides play an important role in protecting our communities and ensuring a healthier future generation. The industry collaborates closely with the U.S. EPA and other federal and state regulatory bodies to test potential new products and uses to help protect vulnerable populations, local communities and each other. From initial discovery of an active ingredient to the proper disposal of a pesticide container, the industry and regulatory agencies oversee the complete life cycle of every product on the market. CLA and its members support sound regulation and oversight as a key part of their ongoing commitment to developing and marketing safe and effective products.

The process of developing a new pesticide product can take up to a decade and more than 1,000 pages of scientific data before the new product is available to growers. Following initial registration, crop protection products must undergo a periodic re-review by EPA to assure continuing compliance with current and evolving scientific standards. There are also regulations in place to ensure the safety of our food after it leaves the field. Under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), EPA develops strict limits (or tolerances) for 
pesticide residue on foods. Built into each tolerance level are safety factors to protect our most important consumers: children and infants. In EPA’s pesticide tolerance-setting evaluation, the Agency includes additional safety measures to account for developmental risks when considering a pesticide’s effect on infants and children, and any special sensitivity and exposure to pesticides that infants and children may have.

CropLife Foundation’s StewardshipFirst™ initiative defines crop protection stewardship as the ethical management of a pesticide’s life cycle, from the product’s creation to its distribution and sale to the regulated disposal of the container. CropLife StewardshipFirst™ actively promotes the sensible use of pesticides through container management, agricultural warehouse accreditation and responsible use programs and practices. Ultimately, the goal of CropLife StewardshipFirst™ is to maximize crop protection benefits and minimize potential risks from using crop protection products.

CLA and StewardshipFirst™ advocate for strong legislative regulations and standards to protect public health while providing farmers the tools they need to perform crop diagnostics. In order to accomplish this goal, CLA has developed cooperative relationships with other national trade associations, grower groups, consumer advocacy organizations and regulatory bodies on the federal, state and local levels to advance modern agricultural solutions. CLA works with industry to help ensure that product innovations meet farmer needs; collaborates with scientists to ensure pesticides are safe; and provides outreach to policymakers on Capitol Hill to shape key policy decisions that benefit farmers and consumers.

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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Farmers and ranchers are more than “crop doctors”—they also protect land and natural resources. Modern agricultural tools, including crop protection products, enable farmers to conserve and protect our water, air and soil resources, and grow the food, fiber and fuel Americans need to survive. Practices like conservation tillage and cover crops, and tools like herbicides are used by farmers to reduce soil erosion, decrease water use and shrink agriculture’s carbon footprint.

Precision agriculture is an integral part of crop diagnostics. Sensor technology, mapping systems and seed treatments brought to market by CLA member companies allow farmers to specifically target harmful pests and weeds that destroy crops while reducing the overall amount of product used. In fact, seed treatments require up to 90 percent less crop protection product than other applications, and studies have shown that precision spraying systems can reduce spray application rates by up to 80 percent. Innovative modern agriculture products and techniques allow phenomenal breakthroughs in yields while lessening the burden on our natural resources. Consider this: today’s farmers grow 262 percent more food than 64 years ago, all while barely increasing the amount of inputs used.

POLLINATORS

Pollinators are a major driver of a healthy agricultural system; approximately one-third of the crops used to produce foods and beverages are dependent on bees, birds, butterflies and other beneficial insects. Since 2006, U.S. beekeepers have reported average overwintering losses of honey bee colonies ranging up to 35 percent. However, the 2014 annual survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that overwintering losses dropped to 23.2 percent from 30.5 percent the winter before. This news is encouraging, and CLA’s science and regulatory, legal, government relations and communications teams are working with regulators, beekeepers and farmers to develop common sense solutions to pollinator health.
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ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT

CLA’s member companies help develop the crop protection products that allow farmers to advance agriculture, and when combined with careful stewardship and resource management, they contribute to biodiversity conservation and reduce the need to farm additional land. The government protects the nation’s threatened plants, animals and their habitats through enforcement of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), collectively the Services. The Federal government and general public are required to consider the impacts of their activities on endangered species and consult with the Services regarding those activities if there is a potential to affect an endangered species. With respect to pesticide registration actions, the consultation process between the EPA and the Services is dysfunctional.
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AFFILIATE ORGANIZATIONS

CropLife Foundation
The CropLife Foundation (CLF or the Foundation) is a not-for-profit organization, which actively conducts educational outreach programs advancing sustainable agriculture and the environmentally sound use of crop protection products, promoting product stewardship through certification and training programs and funding scientific research into modern agricultural practices. By working with industry, farmers, private and public researchers and educators, the Foundation aims to identify both the problems as well as the appropriate solutions toward establishing a sustainable, environmentally sound and economical global agriculture. CLF’s non-advocacy research organization, the Crop Protection Research Institute (CPRI), informs the public discussion surrounding pest management policy through a focus on the economic analysis of agricultural pests, pest management and pesticide use and regulation in the U.S.


RISE

RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment®) is the national trade association representing manufacturers, formulators, distributors and other industry leaders involved with specialty pesticide and fertilizer products. Learn more at www.debugthemyths.com and www.pestfacts.org. RISE and CropLife America share a strong partnership and common objective to advocate for our members on behalf of the equitable and science-based regulation of pesticides, and provide a strong, unified voice for our members and the pesticide industry.

CropLife International

CLA is a leading association member of our global federation, CropLife International (CLI). CLI represents the plant science industry via regional and national associations in 91 countries. This vital network allows us to reach out to stakeholders, develop dialogue and form partnerships across borders, creating physical and virtual synergies that allow for international advocacy on policies essential to U.S. agriculture and farm exports, and benefiting our industry, customers and consumers alike.

Ag Container Recycling Council

The Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC) is a non-profit organization that safely collects and recycles plastic crop protection product containers. The ACRC is fully funded by member companies and affiliates that formulate, produce, package and distribute crop protection and other pesticide products.

AgGateway

Based in Washington, D.C., AgGateway is a non-profit consortium of businesses serving the agriculture industry. The consortium helps member companies improve their profitability and productivity by educating, promoting and expanding participation in eBusiness in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses.

CropLife America State and Regional Partners

CropLife America also includes a number of state and regional partners in its network, counting more than 40 state and regional associations and organizations among its allies in promoting and advancing modern agriculture.

CLA OPERATIONAL OVERVIEW

CLA’s strategic plan and the resulting prioritization of issues allows the association to plan and monitor where CLA resources are allocated for the benefit of our members. Tracking these priorities and the time spent on each also helps identify emerging challenges. The following chart depicts the major issues CLA dedicated resources to managing as part of its business plan during the first half of 2014.

During 2013, the global market for crop protection products (excluding sales of herbicide tolerant and insect resistant seed) is estimated to have increased by 9.4 percent to reach $54,208 million, according to the results of a market survey of the crop protection sector conducted by market research firm Phillips McDougall. Sales of herbicide tolerant (HT) and insect resistant (IR) seed into the crop protection sector increased in 2013, and overall the value of the agricultural biotechnology market, which is currently based on HT and IR seed, is estimated to have grown by 8.7 percent in 2013 to reach $20,100 million. As a result of the increase in both the value of the conventional crop protection market and input trait sector, the value of the overall crop protection sector in 2012 is estimated to have increased by 9.2 percent to $74,308 million.

In 2013, the value of the herbicides sector rose by approximately 9.6 percent primarily due to increased glyphosate pricing and volume growth in developing markets, while sales of insecticides rose by 9.1 percent, benefiting from strong acceptance for new products, notably chlorantraniliprole. Fungicides recorded improved sales by 8.8 percent with a strong Asian soybean rust market in Brazil offsetting the negative effects of unfavorable weather conditions in the U.S. and Europe. Sales of agrochemicals used in non-crop situations rose by 1.7 percent to $6,481 million aided by stable glyphosate prices in non-crop situations. The value of the biotech seed market rose by 8.7 percent to $20,100 million, driven by value enhancement due to the increased adoption of stacked trait varieties as well as increased uptake in Latin America and Asia.

Over the next five years it is expected that fungicides will continue to lead market growth, the products being key to delivering the crop yield and quality improvement that the market is demanding. In the herbicide sector a more stable pricing position in the glyphosate market is expected to result in a steady market improvement overall, with volume growth led by increasing usage in developing markets. Lower growth is anticipated in the insecticide sector.

Engage Agro USA
Exponent, Inc.
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Farm Journal, Inc.
Farmer, Lumpe + McClelland
Fine Americas Inc.
FMC Corporation
Focus Technology Group
GfK Kynetec
Gowan Company, LLC
GROWMARK, Inc.
Helena Chemical Company
Helm Agro US, Inc.
IBC North America
Intrinsik Environmental Sciences Inc.
Isagro USA, Inc.
ISK Biosciences Corporation
John Deere
Kadant GranTek Inc.
K-I Chemical USA Inc.
Kincannon & Reed
LANDIS International, Inc.
Latham & Watkins LLP
LSR Associates
Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc.
McCormick & Company Inc.
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
Mendel Biotechnology, Inc.
MGK
Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A), Inc.
Monsanto Company
Nichino America, Inc.
Nisso America Inc.

Novozymes
Nufarm Americas, Inc.
PBI/Gordon Corporation
Precision Laboratories, LLC
RiceCo, LLC
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc.
Schertz Aerial Service, Inc.
Schirm USA, Inc.
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
SePRO Corporation
Sidley Austin LLP
SipcamAdvan
Smithers Viscient, LLC
Squire Sanders
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Stone Environmental Inc.
Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Syngenta Crop Protection
Tea Association of the USA, Inc.
Technology Sciences Group Inc.
Tenkoz, Inc.
Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc.
Tide International USA, Inc.
TriEst Ag Group, Inc.
United Phosphorus, Inc.
Valent U.S.A. Corporation
Vive Crop Protection
Waterborne Environmental, Inc.
Wilbur-Ellis Company
Wiley Rein LLP
WinField
XS, Inc.

ANNUAL REPORT 2014