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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Michael Leary
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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Michael Leary
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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Michael Leary
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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Michael Leary
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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Michael Leary
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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Michael Leary
American Farm Bureau President Shares Insights at CropLife America Winter Board Meeting

WASHINGTON, DC – Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, shared his insights into the future of farming in the U.S. during the Board and Allies dinner at the 2017 CropLife America (CLA) Winter Board Meeting this week. Zippy, a poultry, cattle, and hay producer from Greene County, Georgia, is an advocate not only for farmers but for the agriculture community at large.

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Michael Leary