CLA Commends White House on Nomination of Dourson to EPA

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, the White House announced the nomination Dr. Michael Dourson, currently a professor in the Risk Science Center at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, as assistant administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). CropLife America (CLA) commends the administration on its choice and looks forward to working with Dr. Dourson, once confirmed.

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Michael Leary
CLA Applauds Missouri’s Swift Resolution on Dicamba

WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn issued a Notice of Release from the statewide Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order for specific dicamba products.  This follows action the Department took on July 7, 2017, temporarily issuing a Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order on all dicamba products in Missouri following […]

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CLA Pleased with White House Choice of Censky for USDA Position

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the White House announced they would nominate Stephen Censky, the current American Soybean Association CEO, as US Department of Agriculture (USDA) deputy secretary. CropLife America (CLA) commends the administration on its choice and is excited to work with Mr. Censky, once confirmed. “CLA is exited to work with Steve as USDA […]

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States’ Decisions on Dicamba Premature

WASHINGTON, DC – Over the last couple weeks, both Missouri and Arkansas state governments have taken action to temporarily stop all uses and sale of dicamba herbicide following reports of drift incidents in both states. Dicamba is used across the U.S. to treat dicamba-tolerant soybean and cotton varieties, as well as other crops.

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CropLife America Supports Doud as Chief Agricultural Negotiator Pick

WASHINGTON, DC – President Donald Trump has announced Gregg Doud as his pick for chief agricultural negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). Mr. Doud is the current president of the Commodity Markets Council which has given him the experience to be an excellent representative of the agricultural community, and CLA applauds President Trump’s choice.

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Jay Vroom Testifies Before Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Regarding the Importance of PREA Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, DC – Earlier today, Jay Vroom, president and CEO at CropLife America (CLA), testified before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry regarding the reauthorization of the industry’s fee-for-service program, commonly referred to as the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) and now referred to as the Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act (PREA). The current authority for PRIA will expire on September 30, 2017. As a co-founder of the PRIA coalition in 2003, Vroom spoke to the importance of the diverse support for the program stating, “On behalf of the pesticide industry, I would like to emphasize the benefit of working alongside the NGO community and in concert with our state and federal regulators…”

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EPA Denies NGO Petition to Remove Chlorpyrifos from Market, Upholds Science

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied an NGO petition to remove the crop protection product, chlorpyrifos, from the market. Claims in the petition were based on unreliable information from epidemiological studies conducted by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) that reported outcomes that could not be replicated and are soundly contradicted by findings from other studies.

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Coalition to Advance Precision Ag Launches New Website

WASHINGTON, DC – The Coalition to Advance Precision Agriculture (CAPA) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, www.DiscoverPrecisionAg.org. The mission of CAPA is to facilitate communication between farm and agribusiness associations and government decision-makers about precision agriculture, innovation, tools and practices. Filled with informative resources developed by coalition members, the new website helps CAPA promote science-based policy decisions to advance a safe and sustainable food system.

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Ag Community Builds Unity at AgriPulse Farm Bill Summit

WASHINGTON, DC – Stakeholders from across agriculture are gathering at a summit today titled, Harvesting Farm Bill Perspectives, hosted by Agri-Pulse at the National Press Club. CropLife America (CLA) and other ag-related organizations are sponsoring and contributing to the summit to help facilitate collaboration and unity on priorities for U.S. agriculture ahead of the upcoming Farm Bill. Panels will cover a range of topics, from “Breaking Down the Baseline and Budget Challenges” to “Bridging the Gaps Between Farm and Food Policy.”

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