CropLife America & RISE Annual Spring Conference Kicks Off with New Trade Show Workshop

ARLINGTON, VA – The 2015 CropLife America (CLA) and RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment)® Spring Conference kicks-off today with an interactive trade show designed to enhance attendees’ understanding of pesticide label language as it supports safe product use. Titled Bringing the Label to Life: A Workshop for Registrants and Federal Agencies, the trade show will feature innovative pest management and plant health tools and technologies in a hands-on format, connecting pesticide labels to real life applications. The event is open free-of-charge from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at the Crystal Gateway Marriot in Crystal City, Va. Full conference programming for the Spring Conference begins Thursday, April 23, at 8:00 a.m.

The 2015 CLA & RISE Spring Conference features an array of scientific and regulatory topics with more than 50 expert speakers from regulatory agencies, academia, the scientific community and industry. Attendees will be able to discuss the latest science in an open environment and learn more about the issues facing the crop protection and specialty pesticide industries. Session topics include pollinator health, the Endangered Species Act, international trade, state pesticide preemption and the Clean Water Act.

“This year for the first time, we are pleased to give conference attendees an opportunity at our trade show to directly interact with manufacturers, distributors, regulators and other stakeholders involved in crop protection and specialty pesticide technologies,” stated Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA. “The 2015 conference focuses on linking the science and research behind pesticides with issues that impact agriculture and specialty pesticide use and regulation. Now more than ever, we must amplify the message of sound science and the importance of scientifically rigorous regulation.”

The opening general session, taking place April 23, will feature experts specializing in the effect of global pesticide issues in the United States. Marcus Meadows-Smith, CEO of BioConsortia Inc. will give a keynote presentation on biologics, their applications to agricultural and specialty pesticide technology, and the potential for regulatory oversight and change. Dr. David Zurak will follow with a presentation on the 2013 European Union moratorium on neonicotinoid insecticides and its potential impact on pollinator health and pesticides in the U.S. In his talk, Dr. Zurak will focus on what the science tells us and what policy developments have occurred.

“Our Bringing the Label to Life workshop created by our regulatory experts is designed to foster greater understanding about what products do, how they are applied and which pests, situations and diseases they control. Participants are able to interact with the products, application equipment and technology used to ensure safe and precise application. We’re excited to bring this experience to our regulators and others interested in our industry. They will see what happens once a product label is approved through to application, storage and disposal,” said Aaron Hobbs, president of RISE.

“The Spring Conference serves as a way to facilitate discussion and action on existing and developing regulatory and policy implications,” noted Dr. Janet E. Collins, CLA’s senior vice president of science and regulatory affairs. “Scientific advancement is at the core of our mission to deliver effective technology and its benefits, and attendees this year will benefit from robust dialogue.”

To learn more about CLA, RISE and the benefits of pesticides, visit www.croplifeamerica.org and www.pestfacts.org. For social media updates from the event, follow on Twitter with the hashtag #ScienceSpeaks15.

Michael Leary