CropLife America, RISE Meeting Focuses On Precision Agriculture

CropLife America (CLA) and RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) held their annual CLA/RISE Spring Conference April 5-6, which addressed science and regulatory issues impacting the crop protection and specialty pesticide industries.

This year’s theme, ‘Precision, Policy, Progress,’ provided a special focus on the latest advancements in precision application tools and technologies in the industry, and highlighted the progress achieved through ongoing collaboration between the scientific community and regulatory agencies.

Speakers included representatives from the EPA, USDA, academia, scientific communities, and CLA and RISE member companies.

“Every year CLA and RISE members have a unique opportunity to discuss and analyze the policy and science with those who both craft government regulations, and develop the products and technologies being used in the real world,” said Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA. “This year’s Spring Conference also helped to facilitate a new discussion on precision agriculture, and thanks to our exhibitors, conference attendees were able to witness actual demonstrations of precision agriculture equipment and experience the latest in technology in action.”

“Having an annual forum that gives our members and regulators the opportunity to learn together about the innovative solutions we are bringing to the consumer and professional markets is invaluable. Over the past two days we have been able to work collaboratively on practical and meaningful solutions for some of our most pressing regulatory issues,” noted RISE President Aaron Hobbs.

During this year’s conference, Asmark Institute, DeAngelo Brothers Incorporated (DBi), PrecisionAg Institute, and SePRO displayed precision ag equipment and other materials to engage conference attendees about the work they do and the innovative equipment they use. DBi discussed how global positioning systems (GPS) equipment can track invasive species in real time to alert clients of threats to vegetation sites such as highways, railroads, and public lands. Asmark Institute displayed an interactive spray nozzle machine that demonstrated different types of nozzles that help mitigate spray drift with more precise crop protection applications.
 
John Chrosniak, chairman of CLA’s Board of Directors and regional business director for North America at DuPont Crop Protection, outlined the driving forces behind the crop protection industry and highlighted the many accomplishments industry has realized by means of a collaborative atmosphere with scientists, farmers and regulatory agencies. “Our industry has made significant improvements that have essentially transformed agriculture,” said Chrosniak. “These accomplishments are a direct result of the cumulative efforts of the crop protection industry, regulatory agencies and U.S. farmers, and building and maintaining these lasting relationships are a key component of the Spring Conference.”
 
“Our ability as an industry to innovate is dependent on an equally innovative regulatory process,” said Dave Morris, RISE Governing Board Chair and Commercial Leader/Global Business Leader, Dow AgroSciences. “This year’s Spring Conference has strengthened our mutual understanding of what our companies do and what our regulators do, which keeps us moving forward so we can deliver the technology-based solutions our customers and communities depend on to keep them healthy and safe.”
 
On Thursday, keynote speaker Julie Borlaug, assistant director of partnerships at the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University and granddaughter of Norman Borlaug, focused her opening address on the advancements agriculture has made over the past few decades, placing considerable emphasis on precision technology and the need for more precise application tools.

Phil Needham of Needham Ag Technologies delivered his remarks later in the day on precision agriculture’s role in improving the efficacy of modern agriculture, a trend that is likely to continue with added investment in research and development.

Bringing focus to innovation in the specialty pesticide marketplace, Friday’s keynote speaker Karen Larson, director of global registrations for Clarke, discussed precision application and the vital role it plays in vector control and public health protection.
 
Conference sessions addressed topics ranging from specialty pesticides and the importance of clear label language to pollinator protection, as well as the Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits. Speakers in each session discussed the role of science and research in developing sound policy solutions, and emphasized the importance of innovative technology and products.
 
Dr. Barbara Glenn, vice president of Science and Regulatory Affairs at CLA, said that “by sharing the latest science, regulators will be able to craft better regulations and policies. Everyone involved in the process of producing food, fiber and renewable fuel – from scientists to policymakers – understands that sound science underpins the continued development and progress of this important industry.”

Leave a Reply

Legislation Stories
LegislationUSDA: Quick Implementation Of Disaster Assistance Programs A ‘Top Priority’
July 9, 2014
USDA has processed 106,000 payments to farmers in 40 states across the country who suffered livestock and grazing losses between Oct. 2011 and passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. Read More
LegislationTFI Praises White House For Signing WRRDA Into Law
June 11, 2014
The bill streamlines U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects, prioritizes authorized waterway improvements and provides needed adjustments to the Inland Waterways Trust Fund. Read More
LegislationAg Policy: Plenty Of Fertilizer Issues Ahead
January 2, 2014
From West Fertilizer to the Chesapeake Bay, fertilizer producers and dealers are keeping an eye on several Beltway developments in 2014. Read More
LegislationLack Of Farm Bill Leaves Farmers Facing Uncertainty In 2014
December 13, 2013
With just a few legislative working days remaining in 2013, the likelihood of a new farm bill is waning, leaving farmers in limbo once again. Read More
Top 100 Articles
CropLife 100The Andersons Starts Venture Capital Subsidiary
January 26, 2015
The Andersons has established Maumee Ventures, a venture capital subsidiary designed to foster promising innovations that strategically align with the company’s core businesses. Read More
CropLife 100CHS Partners With Northern Partners Coop On Fertilizer Warehouse
January 21, 2015
In addition, the two companies will form a joint venture to build and operate a grain barge loading facility that will handle corn, soybeans and wheat for export through the CHS terminal at Myrtle Grove, LA. Read More
CropLife 100Wilbur-Ellis Move To Colorado Complete
January 20, 2015
Wilbur-Ellis Co. announces the opening of its new Agribusiness Division location in the Denver, CO, Metro Area. The new facility will host key personnel as the company shifts the base of its Agribusiness operations from California to Colorado. Read More
CropLife 100United Suppliers, McGregor Co., Five Others To Form Aligned Ag Distributors
January 20, 2015
These companies will continue to operate as independently owned and operated businesses, however, their crop protection divisions will now be formally aligned under the umbrella of Aligned Ag Distributors. Read More
CropLife 100Bozeman Named SEEDWAY Chief Operating Officer
January 16, 2015
He succeeds Donald Wertman, who will retire at the end of August 2015 after 40 years with the GROWMARK subsidiary. Read More
CropLife 100Wilbur-Ellis’ Craig Bair Honored For Safety Contributions To Ag Aviation
January 14, 2015
The William O. Marsh Safety Award recognizes significant achievements in safety, safety education or an outstanding operational safety program. Read More
Latest News
CropLife 100The Andersons Starts Venture Capital Subsidiary
January 26, 2015
The Andersons has established Maumee Ventures, a venture capital subsidiary designed to foster promising innovations that strategically align with the company’s core businesses. Read More
Exclusive state-of-the art Stueve Construction designed “Vista View” Elevated Control Room.
Eric Sfiligoj2015 Agricultural Market Read: Mixed
January 26, 2015
The agricultural market could look radically different this year, profit-wise, depending upon which segment you do business in. Read More
Edward Chell Biosafe
Crop InputsBioSafe Systems Names Ed Chell California Territory Man…
January 26, 2015
BioSafe Systems has announced the recent addition of Ed Chell as California Territory Manager for the agrichemical division, supporting the crop protection, water treatment and food safety business segments. Read More
InsecticidesBayer CropScience Introduces Sivanto Insecticide
January 26, 2015
Sivanto precisely targets key damaging pests at multiple insect life stages to prevent damage to plants and help minimize the spread of diseases from insect carriers. Read More
ManagementRetail Collaboration, Communicating Agriculture’s Good …
January 23, 2015
Editors Paul Schrimpf and Eric Sfiligoj discuss the recent creation of Aligned Ag Distributors, and the US Farmers and Ranchers Read More
FertilizerOSU Expert: Toledo Water Crisis A Turning Point For Ohi…
January 23, 2015
The August 2014 water crisis in Toledo, OH, impacted Ohioans’ views of Lake Erie algae problems by increasing the attribution of blame of algae growth on agriculture. Read More
FertilizerH.J. Baker Launching TIGER XP
January 22, 2015
Tiger-Sul introduces this next generation sulphur-bentonite product with a proprietary activator – ensuring farmers have a well-balanced nutrient replacement program. Read More
Crop InputsH.J. Baker Expands China Sales Force
January 21, 2015
Global Agricultural firm H.J. Baker announced that sales veteran Shi Dongshen has joined their Shanghai office in China. This newest hire follows the recent opening of their Lianyungang Sulphur Bentonite Plant. Read More
CropLife 100CHS Partners With Northern Partners Coop On Fertilizer …
January 21, 2015
In addition, the two companies will form a joint venture to build and operate a grain barge loading facility that will handle corn, soybeans and wheat for export through the CHS terminal at Myrtle Grove, LA. Read More
Matt Hopkins5 Bold Predictions For Ag Retail In 2015
January 21, 2015
This past year was filled with ups and downs for the nation’s top ag retailers, but what will 2015 have in store? Read More
SoftwareDeere Launches App Center
January 20, 2015
The John Deere App Center provides users the ability to search and find apps most useful to their business or operations. Read More
Crop InputsNew Syngenta Herbicide Approved In Soybeans, Sunflowers
January 20, 2015
Syngenta will sell BroadAxe XC herbicide in 2015 for use on soybeans, sunflowers and dry peas Read More
CropLife 100Wilbur-Ellis Move To Colorado Complete
January 20, 2015
Wilbur-Ellis Co. announces the opening of its new Agribusiness Division location in the Denver, CO, Metro Area. The new facility will host key personnel as the company shifts the base of its Agribusiness operations from California to Colorado. Read More
Crop InputsNovozymes Sales Figures Up For 2014
January 20, 2015
Novozymes announces its sales growth in 2014 was in line with expectations as sales grew by 7% compared with 2013. Read More
CropLife 100United Suppliers, McGregor Co., Five Others To Form Ali…
January 20, 2015
These companies will continue to operate as independently owned and operated businesses, however, their crop protection divisions will now be formally aligned under the umbrella of Aligned Ag Distributors. Read More
Eric SfiligojGMO Or DNA? LOL Or WTF?
January 19, 2015
A new survey finds the American public seems generally confused when it comes to any three-letter descriptor for their food. Read More
FertilizerAGROTAIN Wins No-Till Product Of The Year Again
January 19, 2015
This marks the 10th straight year AGROTAIN nitrogen stabilizer has been named the top product in this category; no other product has matched this honor Read More
FertilizerTFI President To Give Update On Nutrient Management Eff…
January 19, 2015
The Fertilizer Institute President Chris Jahn will give the keynote address at the 2015 Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference February 4. Read More