Biopesticides Conference Highlights Importance of IPM

Vancouver, B.C. – CropLife America President and CEO Jay Vroom spoke to the Biopesticides North America Conference today addressing: “Crop Protection and Biotech: Driving Change to Improve Integrated Pest Management (IPM)” in Vancouver B.C. The two-day conference brings together key industry stakeholders from the agriculture and chemicals industry, manufacturers and suppliers of crop protection and biological control products, farming associations, market analysts, technology providers, government representatives and academia to discuss issues facing the biopesticides industry.

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Sarah Macedo
CropLife America Applauds Leadership on Passage of House Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, DC – CropLife America (CLA) commends the leadership of House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway and Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Chairman Rodney Davis for their leadership on the passage of the H.R. 2, more commonly known as the 2018 Farm Bill. The House passed H.R. 2 by a vote of 213 to 211, late yesterday.

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Sarah Macedo
CropLife America Selects Novak as Next CEO

WASHINGTON, D.C. – CropLife America (CLA), the leading association for the U.S. crop protection industry, has selected its next president and CEO. “I’m pleased to announce that Mr. Chris Novak has been selected by our Board’s search committee to become just the fifth staff leader of our association in its 85-year history. Chris brings a wealth of agriculture trade association and industry experience to CLA, in particular his recent roles as CEO of the National Corn Growers Association and National Pork Board,” noted CLA Board Chairman and Bayer North America President and CEO of the Crop Science Division Jim Blome. “With his broad experience and years of working alongside CLA as a key ally, Chris knows our association and industry and is eminently qualified to succeed our long serving CEO, Jay Vroom.”

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Sarah Macedo
CropLife America Applauds Chairman Conaway on the Introduction of the 2018 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, DC – CropLife America (CLA) commends the leadership of House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway on the introduction of HR 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, more commonly known as the 2018 Farm Bill. The United States farm economy has suffered over the past several years and Chairman Conaway’s Farm Bill reaffirms support for vital programs and protections for rural America. With net farm income languishing through an extended period of depressed stagnation, the Farm Bill ensures certainty by helping producers manage the significant risks that are the norm in agriculture.

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Sarah Macedo
“Dirty Dozen” Makes Its Annual Appearance in an Effort to Scare the Public into Avoiding Safe and Healthy Eating Habits

WASHINGTON, DC – The Environmental Working Group (EWG) once again released its annual “Dirty Dozen” list this week, cautioning consumers against purchasing and consuming a baker’s dozen, that’s 13, different nutritious fruits and vegetables. Each year, EWG releases its list and starts by saying that, “All adults and children should eat more fruits and vegetables, whether they are organic or conventionally grown.” While citing many of the organization’s own resources, they fail to link to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Pesticide Data Program (PDP) report, where EWG has cherry picked information to make its claims. As is expected, EWG uses the PDP data to create statistics that promote fear and avoids addressing the fact that residue in nearly 100 percent of the produce tested were present at levels far below tolerances set by regulatory agencies.

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Sarah Macedo
CropLife Foundation and Partners Launch “No Taste for Waste” Campaign

WASHINGTON, DC & DES MOINES, IOWA – Today, together with key partners, the CropLife Foundation and Meredith Agrimedia launched the “No Taste for Waste” campaign, an initiative to reduce food waste and loss. The campaign, which includes an interactive website, special edition “bookazine” and social media messages, is a resource for consumers interested in reducing household food waste, while educating the public on how farmers take steps to fight food loss on their farms.

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Sarah Macedo
Pesticide Safety Data Transparency Important In The U.S. And Around The World

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Regulatory agencies worldwide have long based their pesticide approvals on a meticulous and in-depth review of extensive pesticide safety data developed by manufacturers. In the U.S., federal law requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make pesticide safety data available to the public, which has made the U.S. a world leader in transparency and access to the public.

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Sarah Macedo
Jay Vroom Speaks At IPM Symposium

BALTIMORE, MD – Today, CropLife America President and CEO Jay Vroom presented in a panel discussion entitled, “The Crop Protection and Biotech Industry Is Driving Change that Improves IPM and Farm Profit Outcomes” at the 9th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium in Baltimore, MD. The panel contributed to the general session, “The New IPM: Where is Crop Protection Taking Us?”

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Sarah Macedo
Judge Grants Preliminary Injunction In Proposition 65 Glyphosate Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, February 26, the Eastern District of California issued a preliminary injunction barring California from enforcing its Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65) warning requirement for the herbicide glyphosate. As part of a broad coalition of agricultural groups, CropLife America (CLA) argued that the Proposition 65 listing and warning requirement violates the First Amendment by compelling companies to make misleading and highly controversial statements about their products. This injunction is an important outcome, as the judge held that now California cannot enforce the warning requirement as it relates to glyphosate as this case continues in court.

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CropLife America Joins Coalition Dedicated To Credible, Unbiased And Balanced Science In Policymaking

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, CropLife America joined a diverse group of manufacturing, energy and food interests in a new alliance – the Campaign for Accuracy in Public Health Research (CAPHR) Coalition. The CAPHR Coalition is dedicated to credible, unbiased and balanced science in policymaking and will advocate at all levels of government, both in the U.S. and internationally to ensure decision-making and advisory bodies pursue science-based decision frameworks to guide their work.

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Sarah Macedo
CropLife America CEO Search Process Underway

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As announced last September at the CropLife America (CLA) Annual Meeting, CLA president and CEO Jay Vroom will retire from his position at the end of 2018. “CLA members are global leaders in crop technology innovation and a successful search for the next CEO will provide vital industry leadership into a future where food demand and environmental sustainability will expand dramatically,” noted Vroom.

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CropLife America Launches New Website

WASHINGTON, D.C. – CropLife America (CLA) is proud to announce the launch of its revamped website, unveiled today. The redesigned website still features timely information about the crop protection industry, but with an updated look and easily shareable modern agriculture resources (i.e. infographics, posters, etc.). The goal is to enhance overall operation, navigability and present a more mobile-friendly platform.

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Sarah Macedo
ACRC Announces Search for New Executive

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC) announced a search for their next executive director. Founded in 1992 to support the needs of the US crop protection industry to steward empty pesticide containers, ACRC is currently supported by 51 member companies and has recycled more than 175,000,000 lbs. of pesticide containers since its inception.

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Michael Leary
CropLife America Hires Doreen Manchester as Deputy General Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC) announced a search for their next executive director. Founded in 1992 to support the needs of the US crop protection industry to steward empty pesticide containers, ACRC is currently supported by 51 member companies and has recycled more than 175,000,000 lbs. of pesticide containers since

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Michael Leary
CropLife America Elects Board Leaders and Honors Award Recipients at 2017 Annual Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During the association’s 2017 Annual Meeting held this week in Dana Point, California, CropLife America (CLA) announced the results of the annual election of directors. “The CLA Board of Directors strive to safeguard the accessibility of innovative crop protection technology for farmers, today and for the future’s growing food demands,” said Jay […]

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Michael Leary
Jay Vroom Announces Retirement From CropLife America

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jay Vroom announced today during the general session at the 2017 CLA Annual Meeting in Dana Point, California, that he would be retiring from his position as president and CEO at the end of 2018. After nearly thirty years at the helm, Vroom reflected on his tenure and plans moving forward. “When […]

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Michael Leary
CropLife America Hires Ethan Mathews as Director of Government Relations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CropLife America (CLA), announced that Ethan Mathews has joined CLA as director of government relations. As director, Mathews is responsible for the development, implementation and management of effective legislative and political pesticide policy strategies in support of CLA objectives. He will manage government relations activities on […]

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Michael Leary