ECPA acts as the ambassador of the crop protection industry in Europe and represents the industry's European regional network. ECPA promotes agricultural technology in the context of sustainable development and, in doing so, seeks to build understanding of the industry’s role, contribution’s, and expand informed dialogue about our views, values and beliefs.
Crop protection protects biodiversity by controlling noxious, invasive weeds that may choke waterways or overrun natural habitats. They also aid in the safety of America’s roadways by keeping road signs, right-of-ways, power lines, and railroad tracks visible and clear from weeds.
Crop Protection Expertise
CropLife America provides expert legislative, legal and scientific advisory services, helping its members, EPA and other regulatory bodies navigate the myriad issues facing modern agriculture. By staying ahead of critical issues and engaging and educating policymakers, our staff promotes the importance of our members’ crop protection products to a robust and productive agriculture in the U.S. now, and for the future.
CLA systematically identifies key and emerging issues in the industry, and pulls in expert resources to help play in a role in creating sound policy. Through committees, working groups and issue management teams (IMT), CLA and its members address items of the most narrow and important focus. All is done with the ultimate goal of helping EPA and other regulatory bodies develop sound, science-based policies.
An example can be found in the development of the 2008 Farm Bill. CLA was instrumental in advocating for many important elements of the Farm Bill including research and education, support for conservation programs and new help for fruit and vegetable production safety research, in addition to those provisions directly impacting crop protection products.
Specialty working groups and IMTs handle important issues such as:
- Environmental Exposure
- Clean Water
- Epidemiology and Human Health
- North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)