MEXICO CITY – CropLife America’s (CLA) president and CEO, Jay Vroom, highlighted examples of successful collaboration between the U.S. and Latin America, particularly related to agricultural stewardship, at the 2013 CropLife Latin America Annual Meeting. Vroom was joined by John Chrosniak, chairman of CLA’s Board of Directors and regional business director for North America at DuPont Crop Protection. The Annual Meeting, which began on April 9 and ends today, brought together more than 300 industry representatives from Latin America and other regions, and addressed progress being made across the CropLife network towards more effective stewardship of crop protection products.
“Stewardship is our common purpose, and both CLA and CropLife Latin America have spent considerable focus and resources on stewardship programs over the last 25 years,” said Chrosniak. “CLA is especially proud to have supported the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts in Latin America in a variety of stewardship support roles.”
Chrosniak went on to emphasize the necessity for data protection measures that benefit both CLA and CropLife Latin America, and specifically referred to several successful bilateral free trade agreements that have been reached between the U.S. and Latin American countries. “Uniformity of data protection helps spur innovation within our industry and ensures that smarter and more efficient products are available to serve farmers and consumers in the future,” he added.
Vroom, who also acts as chairman of CropLife Foundation’s (CLF) board of directors, spoke about recent initiatives surrounding seed treatment technology, including a comprehensive report being published by the Foundation that analyzes the benefits of these technologies for U.S. crop production. The report is scheduled to be published later this spring. Vroom stressed the value of seed treatment technology in allowing farmers to grow crops with increasingly precise methods and lower levels of active ingredient.
“Seed treatment technology has become one of the most rapidly-adopted advancements within our industry for the substantial benefits it offers to farmers around the world,” said Vroom. “As with any relatively new innovation, however, it is important to consider the best stewardship practices required for careful management of this technology. To that end, CLA and the American Seed Trade Association collaborated to publish ‘The Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship,’ which serves as a reminder to growers on how to safely handle, transport, store and dispose of treated seeds.”
CLA and ASTA released “The Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship” on March 25, 2013. The complete guide and additional stewardship resources are available online.
The Annual Meeting coincided with the 6th CropLife Latin America International Forum, “Technologies and Agricultural Potential in Latin America to 2050,” which specifically examined Latin America’s potential to play a greater role as a global agricultural provider. Additional presentations from the meeting focused on international initiatives related to intellectual property rights and modern agriculture challenges and opportunities.
An affiliate organization of the CropLife International network, CropLife Latin America is a trade association that represents some of the most prominent manufacturers and distributors of crop protection products, including Bayer CropScience, Sumitomo Chemical, FMC Corporation, Syngenta, BASF Corporation, DuPont Crop Protection, Dow AgroSciences, Monsanto Company and Arysta LifeScience. CropLife Latin America is made up of 22 additional associations across 18 countries in Latin America.