CropLife America Elects New Board Chair

WASHINGTON, D.C. – CropLife America (CLA), the national association representing the manufacturers, distributors and formulators of organic and conventional pesticides, as well as other crop protection products, has elected Susanne Wasson with Corteva Agriscience™ as its newest chair of the CLA Board of Directors. Wasson will hold the position for two years and use her diverse background to help guide the association, working with newly hired President and CEO Chris Novak.

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Sarah Macedo
Vroom Speaks at NAEHSS On Stewardship and Safety in Crop Protection

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – CropLife America (CLA) president and CEO Jay Vroom spoke today at the 40th National Agronomic Environmental, Health and Safety School (NAEHSS) event in Bloomington, Illinois, to share reflections from his 30 years of executive leadership in the crop protection industry. His presentation highlighted the importance of safety and stewardship efforts.

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Sarah Macedo
Vroom Speaks About the Importance of Farm Voices

Bloomington, IL – CropLife America President and CEO Jay Vroom presented at the 2018 Illinois Farm Bureau President’s Conference with a focus on, “Successful Ag Advocacy 2018, It’s Back to the Future!”, in Bloomington, IL. Conference attendees were principally presidents and other leaders from more than 90 county Farm Bureaus across Illinois. The presentation comes at a time when farm voices are crucial to the successful passage of the 2018 Farm Bill and the changing U.S. approach to trade policy. Vroom’s presentation complements an agenda focused on the many difficult issues facing farmers in the current climate.   

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Sarah Macedo
Bill Kuckuck Announces Retirement From CropLife America

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bill Kuckuck announced today, that he plans to retire from his position as executive vice president and chief operating officer on December 31, 2018. Bill joined the CropLife America (CLA) staff a decade ago to oversee the finance, communications and administrative efforts of the association. His announcement follows that of Jay Vroom, CLA’s president and CEO, who announced he would retire from his position, after nearly 30 years, at the end of 2018.

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Sarah Macedo
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