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
Farm Bill
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
Wheat Growers, North Central Farmers Elevator Pursue Merger
CropLife 100Wheat Growers, North Central Farmers Elevator Pursue Merger
March 3, 2015
Two CropLife 100 retailers — South Dakota Wheat Growers (ranked No. 11) and North Central Farmers Elevator (No. 19) — have entered into a Letter of Intent to unify the two companies into a newly named cooperative. Read More
Growmark Group
CropLife 100GROWMARK In 2015: Back, To The Future
March 2, 2015
The nation’s third largest ag retail organization is simultaneously moving forward while remembering its past. Read More
CropLife 100Pinnacle Expands Sanders Brand In The South
February 27, 2015
Pinnacle has acquired Hopkins Seed and Chemical in Qulin, MO, which expands the company's Sanders brand to nine Southern states. Read More
CropLife 100Pinnacle Launches New Providence Agriculture Location In Indiana
February 27, 2015
Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings — ranked No. 6 on the CropLife 100 — has established a new retail location in New Castle, IN, which will operate as part of Pinnacle's Providence Agriculture brand. Read More
CropLife 100Cooperative CHS Returns $518 Million To Owners
February 23, 2015
The 2015 cash return to owners is based on CHS net income of $1.1 billion, the company's second highest on record. Read More
corn field
CropLife 100The Andersons’ Humic DG Now Available In Canada
February 13, 2015
The Andersons, Inc. Turf & Specialty Group has announced its Humic DG product is now available to customers in the Canadian turf, agriculture and horticulture markets. Read More
Latest News
RR2X soybeans surround untreated check (center)
Industry NewsArysta Hires New Midwest Territory Sales Manager
March 5, 2015
Arysta LifeScience North America recently named Jonathan “Jon” Tone as the Territory Sales Manager in the Midwest sales region. Read More
Fertilizer360 Yield Center: Try These 5 Steps To Fine Tune Nitrog…
March 5, 2015
Yield Center 360 advises that an effective nitrogen management plan needs to focus on how much N a particular field and corn crop needs, as well as how to properly manage N throughout the growing season — with adjustments along the way. Read More
Precision AgFarmobile Coming Online In 2015
March 5, 2015
A new startup is looking to make collecting and selling ag data a more rewarding proposition for growers. Read More
Crop InputsCommodity Classic 2015 Sets Attendance High Mark
March 4, 2015
With nearly 8,000 total attendees, the 2015 Commodity Classic convention and trade show, which took place last week in Phoenix, AZ, shattered previous records for the landmark event, Read More
Young corn plants
FertilizerNew Nitrogen Stabilizer From Simplot Protects Fertilize…
March 4, 2015
By using OmniPierce Technology, Eclipse-N from Simplot Grower Solutions coats and protects more nitrogen, increasing nitrogen efficiency and decreasing loss due to volatilization. Read More
Industry NewsOhio Corn And Wheat Growers Association, Ohio Soybean A…
March 4, 2015
The associations truly appreciate the comprehensive approach and diligent work that the Ohio House of Representatives has dedicated to addressing water quality and House Bill 61. Read More
Mahindra Implement
Industry NewsMahindra USA Aligns With Paladin Attachment For Impleme…
March 4, 2015
Mahindra USA will begin utilizing Paladin Attachments as its implement supplier in April 2015. Read More
Crop InputsValent BioSciences Acquires Mycorrhizal Applications
March 4, 2015
The acquisition adds another strategic platform to VBC’s rapidly expanding global biorational business, providing additional tools for the Biorational Window platform being developed with its parent, Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. Read More
Nutrients for Life Foundation - Plant Nutrient on the Farm Station
Industry NewsNutrients For Life Foundation Launches New Station Prog…
March 4, 2015
This ready-to-implement station provides an interactive opportunity for farms to showcase crop nutrients’ important role in growing healthy crops. Read More
Adjuvants loading
AdjuvantsAdjuvants Continue Upward Trend
March 4, 2015
A dizzying array of developments in crop protection technologies promise to make specialty adjuvants a crucial piece of the puzzle going forward. Read More
Wheat Growers, North Central Farmers Elevator Pursue Merger
CropLife 100Wheat Growers, North Central Farmers Elevator Pursue Me…
March 3, 2015
Two CropLife 100 retailers — South Dakota Wheat Growers (ranked No. 11) and North Central Farmers Elevator (No. 19) — have entered into a Letter of Intent to unify the two companies into a newly named cooperative. Read More
10 Tips for Spring Planter Preparation
Equipment10 Tips For Spring Planter Preparation
March 3, 2015
Kinze Manufacturing offers advice on how to ensure your planter is ready before you hit the field. Read More
Industry NewsOABA 2015 LAUNCH Program Recognizes 20 New Graduates
March 3, 2015
Twenty Ohio agribusiness leaders are being recognized as the latest graduates of Ohio AgriBusiness Association’s LAUNCH program. Read More
EquipmentNew AGCO Website Helps Customers Shop For Certified Pre…
March 3, 2015
RoGator sprayers are among the wide range of CPO equipment available through AGCO's site. Read More
Enlist spray Demo
HerbicidesGuiding New Herbicide Systems’ Launches
March 3, 2015
Under careful watch, the new 2,4-D- and dicamba-tolerant crops hit more acres this season. Read More
Eric SfiligojCommodity Classic 2015: Playing The Waiting Game
March 2, 2015
There was plenty of future-talk at this year’s event as companies (and growers) are largely in a holding pattern of sorts. Read More
Industry NewsHighway Equipment Appoints New Director Of Business Dev…
March 2, 2015
Cory Venable, who joined Highway Equipment Company (HECO) in 2013 as OEM Account Manager, has been promoted to Director of Business Development. Read More
Prairieland FS employees
Eric SfiligojWorkforce Worries
March 2, 2015
Finding good employees almost always ranks as the No. 1 or No. 2 problem for ag retailers in our annual CropLife 100 survey. Read More