Member companies for CropLife America, the unified voice of the U.S. crop protection industry, find value in our association’s multiple offerings and capabilities, from relationship-building to communications support. CLA offers multiple outlets of support for the industry, including:

  • Legislative Outreach
  • Engagement with Regulatory Bodies
  • Legal Support
  • Communications Materials
  • Networking Opportunities Throughout the Industry Value Chain

These services help provide increased efficiency and effectiveness for our member companies and the crop protection industry as a whole.

Vision:

CropLife America’s vision is to ensure crop protection products and their suppliers are recognized for their long-term and vital role in:

  • Protecting public health and the environment;
  • Supporting biodiversity; and
  • Meeting the urgent need for food, feed, alternative energy and fiber for a rapidly expanding world population and global economy.

Mission:

CLA realizes its vision by advocating for and promoting the responsible use of innovative, safe and environmentally sound crop protection technologies that protect public health and the environment, support biodiversity and are essential to the global production of safe, affordable and sustainable food, feed, fiber and renewable or alternative energy.

For more information about membership, please contact Laisha Dismuke (ldismuke@croplifeamerica.org).

Communications & Media Outreach:

CLA consistently delivers communications materials to its member companies while serving as an aggregate for industry news and information. Members receive weekly and monthly electronic newsletters, infographics, special reports and news releases when immediate distribution is required. These materials contain primary and secondary information from the industry’s most dependable and respectable sources.

This Week & Next – A weekly newsletter distributed to member company employees that is written by Jay Vroom, the president and chief executive officer of CLA. This publication keeps members informed of CLA activities that help to further the vision and accomplish the goals of the organization, as well as broader industry news and items of interest. The extensive coverage of CLA events/meetings, legislative news, coverage of new communications activities, and the latest crop protection science news provides CLA members, allies and staff with the facts to remain current on issues affecting the crop protection industry

Tell Me More Program– CLA’s Tell Me More is a comprehensive educational and marketing program focused on conveying the benefits of the crop protection industry. Through the resources found on the Tell Me More website, including monthly newsletters, blog entries, videos and downloadable fact sheets, posters and PowerPoint presentations, members are invited to learn more about modern agriculture in order to educate their colleagues, staff, local civic organizations, or even next door neighbors

Infographics – Visually engaging pieces that are distributed to member companies to help them communicate the benefits of modern agriculture and the crop protection industry. The infographics are shareable and make excellent content for social media outlets.

Special Reports and News Releases – Distributions that communicate pressing industry news to member companies, board and committee members, and top-tier media.

Member Services:

Government Access and PAC Involvement – CLA staff members hold a wide range of personal contacts with Washington, D.C., political leaders and career staff at regulatory agencies. CLA staff meet regularly with key personnel and involve CLA members with federal advisory committees. In addition, members enjoy access to face-to-face meetings with legislators and policymakers during events such as CLA’s Legislative Rally and meetings with state and federal government regulators at the Annual Spring Conference.

Relationships – CLA has strong relationships with stakeholders in the crop protection industry and related government agencies. From meeting with allies among the state and regional associations to speaking with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), CLA members are able to better connect with important organizations and stay well-informed about the latest meetings and opportunities. Access to key relationships spans both the North American market as well as internationally, including Europe and Asia via CLA’s CropLife International leadership.

Advocacy – CLA advocates on behalf of the crop protection industry through legal, scientific and political venues to support and promote the benefits of modern agriculture and crop protection. Much is done through CLA’s committees, consisting of CLA staff and member companies, which represent key issues in the industry.

Litigation Support – CLA’s in-house legal counsel has and continues to work closely with both the circuit courts and the Supreme Court, advocating on behalf of the crop protection industry.

Science and Regulatory Support – CLA’s science and regulatory department serves as a strong knowledge-base on industry developments. The department is a primary source of sound science-based reasoning and use their experience and knowledge to provide support for CLA and its member companies. This ensures that CLA’s distributed materials and responses to member company inquiries are backed by objective, relevant information.

CLA Member App – CLA’s member app gives member companies access to a searchable membership directory, an events listing, and industry news. Additional features include: push notifications to alert you of important industry news, events and meetings; an Add to Calendar feature that allows you to add CLA events directly to your smartphone calendar from the app; and a searchable directory of CLA’s staff members. The app is free-of-charge and is available for Androids, iPhones and iPads.

Engagement via Issue Management Teams:

CLA believes in giving member companies the opportunity to engage with their peers to the benefit of our industry as a whole. Engaged members yield a stronger, more diverse organization and CLA offers many opportunities to become involved. CLA has several issue management teams and committees such as our Endangered Species Issues Management Team (ESIMT), Pesticide Issues Management Team (PIMT) and Communications Outreach Committee (COC). Such groups give the industry a unified voice on top-tier issues at national and international level.

Endangered Species Act:

CLA’s member companies help develop the crop protection products that allow farmers to advance agriculture. When combined with careful stewardship and resource management, crop protection products also 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 called “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 EPA and the Services is dysfunctional. The current lack of a functional process results in duplicative work conducted by all three agencies which adds an unnecessary financial burden to the government and U.S. citizens. In late 2013, CLA commissioned a report that found that under the current ESA consultation process, the scheduled review of 744 pesticide registration dockets by fiscal year 2023 would cost taxpayers $474 million above current budgetary levels as well as major increases in the current budgets and staffing of NMFS and FWS.

CLA has worked to show EPA and the Services how to resolve their differences in the development of a streamlined common approach that meets the requirements of FIFRA and ESA and makes better use of the resources available to them through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In addition, CLA and its members continue to defend member product registrations against ESA-related litigation. In 2013, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) issued recommendations for improving ESA consultations among federal regulatory agencies and determined that the NMFS and FWS should work more closely with EPA and use a common approach to evaluate potential pesticide risks to threatened and endangered species. The report advocates for a more streamlined process that minimizes independent risk assessments by the Services that unnecessarily duplicate EPA’s efforts.

Nearly one year after NAS issued its recommendations, EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs, USDA and the Services held a one-day workshop to provide a forum for stakeholders to offer scientific and technical feedback on the interim approaches that were issued in November 2013 by EPA, USDA, and the Services in response to NAS’s report. Scientists from CLA and several member companies participated in the workshop, coordinating stakeholder presentations to include non-governmental organization perspectives. CLA has commissioned a guidance document for development in 2015 for interagency evaluation of crop protection products per FIFRA and ESA to help the agencies move toward a uniform process to evaluate the potential impacts of pesticides on endangered species.

Pollinator Health:

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. The 2014 annual survey conducted by USDA, however, 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.

In February 2014, EPA and USDA collaborated on a Varroa mite summit, continuing efforts of academic, government and industry scientists to explore the state of science and prospects for control and management of this most harmful parasitic pest of honey bees. Several of CLA’s Pollinator Issue Management Team (PIMT) members represented CLA at the summit and spoke to attendees about our industry’s efforts to protect bees from the harmful effects of Varroa mites. In July 2014, the PIMT partnered with the Minor Crop Farmer Alliance, American Farm Bureau Federation and National Cotton Council to hold a pollinator/labeling workshop. More than 40 industry and commodity representatives were briefed on concerns related to pesticide label language required by EPA to protect pollinators, which may impinge on agricultural productivity.

On June 20, President Barack Obama released a Presidential Memorandum, “Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators,” which seeks to foster collaboration across the federal government and with private industry and organizations to support pollinator health. The President’s memorandum presents a comprehensive strategy, calls for broad participation from a number of federal agencies, and echoes comments submitted to the White House from CLA regarding research, stewardship programs and public-private partnerships. CLA is hopeful that this level of federal cooperation along with targeted congressional action will help generate practical, science-based solutions for improving pollinator health.

Collaboration has been a key factor in working toward a solution to pollinator health, and CLA’s commitment to partnership is evident in our bee-focused initiatives. CLA and the crop protection industry worked together in 2013 to find a common understanding of new EPA requirements for neonicotinoid product labels and hosted meetings with leaders of EPA and USDA for a presentation of industry-commissioned information on the socio-economic benefits of these insecticides. CLA also participates on the EPA Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee’s Pollinator Protection Work Group, including sub-groups on education, labeling, and stewardship; contributes actively on CLI’s Global Pollinator Health Strategy Team; and works closely with European Crop Protection Association and CropLife Canada on pollinator issues.

From posters to news releases to letters-to-the-editor, CLA continues to provide a reasonable and consistent voice in the pollinator health debate. In December 2013, CropLife Foundation released “The Role of Seed Treatment in Modern U.S. Crop Production,” an in-depth report detailing the uses of seed treatments, primarily fungicides and insecticides, and the resulting benefits for growers, consumers and the environment. Seed treatments are an important agricultural tool to reduce potential environmental and pollinator exposure through an increasingly precise application method. CLA also works continuously with the American Seed Trade Association to update the Seed Treatment Stewardship Guide, an inclusive guide for farmers and pesticide applicators with instructions on the proper handling and management of treated seeds.

Stewardship:

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 and 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 with 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 leaders to help ensure that product innovations meet farmer needs; collaborates with scientists to ensure that pesticides are safe; and provides outreach to policymakers on Capitol Hill to shape key policy decisions that benefit farmers and consumers.