Leading Agriculture Organizations Launch Coalition for the Advancement of Precision Agriculture

WASHINGTON, DC – The Coalition for the Advancement of Precision Agriculture (CAPA) today announces its official launch and upcoming Precision Ag Forum, taking place Sept. 18 in Washington, D.C. Comprised of trade associations and organizations representing a diverse range of sectors within the agriculture industry, CAPA will serve as a voice for the benefits of precision agriculture technology. CAPA will be led by its co-chairs Daren Coppock, president and CEO, Agricultural Retailers Association; Dale Moore, executive director of public policy, American Farm Bureau Federation; and Jay Vroom, president and CEO, CropLife America.

 

The full roster of founding member organizations includes:

·         AgGateway

·         American Farm Bureau Federation

·         American Seed Trade Association

·         Agricultural Retailers Association

·         Association of Equipment Manufacturers

·         CropLife America

·         Field to Market ®, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture

·         The Fertilizer Institute

·         National Agricultural Aviation Association

·         PrecisionAg Institute

 

The coalition will seek to increase awareness of the productivity improvements and sustainability enhancements provided through precision agriculture practices and technologies, including variable rate technology, guidance systems, and soil testing and monitoring. The coalition will work to communicate the benefits surrounding these technologies to Capitol Hill and other key policymakers.

 

“Precision agriculture technologies can play a major role in helping growers further their sustainability efforts through increasingly efficient use of inputs and resources,” noted Coppock. “Through a unified voice with CAPA, this coalition can help communicate those benefits to regulators and legislators.”

 

Moore added, “With the use of tools such as GPS technology and auto-steer, U.S. farmers and ranchers can be more efficient and productive than ever. This will be critical in meeting the growing global food demand.”

 

CAPA will host a kick-off Precision Ag Forum on Sept. 18, 2014, at the Capitol Room of the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The forum will include a panel discussion featuring growers and leaders in the realms of agricultural equipment, crop input and conservation. Panelists will discuss their perspectives on precision agriculture, results observed or achieved through their usage of precision agriculture technologies, and a personal forecast for what they see for precision agriculture in the future. A reception will follow the afternoon’s panel. Click here to RSVP for the Sept. 18 Precision Ag Forum and reception.

 

“The adoption of precision agriculture practices creates an opportunity for growers to improve efficiency on a large scale,” concluded Vroom. “We look forward to working with regulators and policymakers to discuss the economic and sustainability benefits this means for growers. CAPA is pleased to share this important story in Washington, D.C.”

 

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With family members at the county or parish level in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, the American Farm Bureau Federation is the unified national “Voice of Agriculture,” working to enhance and strengthen the lives of rural Americans to build strong, prosperous agricultural communities. AFBF is the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots organization of farm and ranch families. Additional information may be found at www.fb.org. Follow AFBF on Twitter: @FarmBureau.

 

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) is a nonprofit trade association representing the interests of retailers across the United States on legislative and regulatory issues on Capitol Hill. As the political voice of agricultural retailers, ARA not only represents its membership but also educates members on the political process and important issues affecting the industry.

 

Established in 1933, CropLife America (www.croplifeamerica.org) represents the developers, manufacturers, formulators and distributors of plant science solutions for agriculture and pest management in the United States. CropLife America’s member companies produce, sell and distribute virtually all the crop protection and biotechnology products used by American farmers. CLA is also on Twitter and can be found at @CropLifeAmerica. CLA supports CropLife StewardshipFirst.

Michael Leary