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?”

“We recently conducted a 2018 survey of CLA members’ approaches to modern IPM. The results demonstrate the advancement and implementation of modern IPM practices through their respective innovations. Evidently, new and reinvented products are changing IPM rapidly—and we support an “all of the above” IPM approach. And that’s how IPM is defined in U.S. statutes,” stated Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA. “My core message is that the crop protection industry has always been grounded in science-based approaches to help farmers with the identification and reduction of risk from pests. IPM is a key bridge to public policy and public acceptance, which is unfortunately slower than the speed of technology.” He continued, “The role of farmers, the industry, NGO’s and academia is to collectively advocate for the technology platform investments that produce outstanding returns in farm productivity and profitability.  All that leads to improved environmental outcomes and the assurance that consumers are protected.”

IPM is evolving with the speed of science and technology, and CLA will continue to lead on outreach and engagement with all IPM stakeholders to ensure the best possible agriculture techniques are practiced. A sponsor at this year’s International IPM Symposium, CLA shared educational materials and approaches to effectively communicate the necessity of IPM through our latest POPagriculture podcast episode, Bonus Episode: The ABCs of IPM, and our humorous #GiveaCrop videos.

Sarah Macedo