CropLife America Celebrates National Ag Day: #AgLoudAgProud Hashtag Gives Voice to Farming Advocates

WASHINGTON, DC – CropLife America (CLA) is pleased to join producers, government officials, agricultural organizations and countless others in recognizing the contributions of our country’s agriculture community on National Agriculture Day! From nutritious fruits and vegetables to designer jeans and renewable fuel, agriculture sustains consumers’ daily lives and invigorates the economy. Crop protection products are a vital and necessary part of ensuring farms are productive, and the crop protection industry remains committed to developing increasingly advanced and precise pesticide technology for our nations’ growers.

“It is more important than ever that we invest heavily in the development of cutting-edge tools for growers,” stated Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA. “The process of making a new crop protection product available to farmers, starting from the very first synthesis, takes an average of over ten years. We need to support continual development in our industry to stay ahead of crop diseases and other debilitating food threats and ensure public and environmental health. We applaud EPA for demanding scientific rigor and scrutiny in the registration process.”

Vroom continued, “This Ag Day, we call on every advocate of American agriculture to speak up both in person and through social media to show support for our farmers. Growers make many complex and precise decisions, including if and when to use a specific crop protection product, and it’s time that we show our appreciation for their persistence in feeding America and countries around the world.”

One way in which advocates of U.S. agriculture can show their support is to join conversations on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other social media using the hashtag #AgLoudAgProud. Throughout the year, CLA will seek to engage consumers, growers, educators, foodies, and others in discussions related to crop protection and today’s food production methods. The association has also released an updated Lab to Label brochure detailing the process and timeline of how a pesticide compound is discovered, tested, submitted for registration, and finally made available for grower use.

Every year on National Ag Day, organizations across the country gather to celebrate the food, fiber and fuel grown by American agriculture. Producers, government officials and ag-related organizations hold and attend events to recognize how much agriculture contributes to our daily lives. For more information on National Ag Day and National Ag Week (March 13-19), visit www.AgDay.org.

Michael Leary