Part of the Agribusiness Group at Meister Media Worldwide, CropLife is the nation’s brand leader in ag retail communication. CropLife offers unmatched market reach through relevant, impactful brand extensions focused exclusively on the input distribution channel, including CropLife eNews and CropLife Webinars. Other brands in the Agribusiness Group include CropLife IRON, Global Ag Tech Initiative and AgriBusiness Global.
Founded in 1932, Meister Media Worldwide is headquartered in Willoughby, OH. The Ornamentals, Horticulture, and International Groups also are located there. Other offices include:
- Memphis, TN – Cotton Grower headquarters
- Modesto, CA – Western Fruit Grower headquarters
CropLife has been the voice of the American crop protection, fertilizer and custom application industries since the 1890s. In today’s complex and fast-paced crop production sector, the team at CropLife keeps 21,000 agricultural retailers, distributors and their suppliers up to date on such decidedly 21st century issues as seed technology, biotechnology, precision agriculture, customer service and retention, and business management. CropLife also administers the PACE professionalism program, the CropLife 100 community of the largest ag retailers in the U.S., and industry-leading events and awards programs.
CropLife Editorial Team
Lara Sowinski – Group Editor
Lara Sowinski currently serves as Group Editor for the CropLife Media Group. She has led the content strategy for several leading food and global supply chain journals during her career, with a particular focus on cold chain management, risk mitigation, regulatory compliance, technology, sustainability, transportation, and distribution. Sowinski was the first recipient of the Transportation Marketing & Sales Association’s “Russell Award for Editorial Excellence” and is a member of the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM).
Eric Sfiligoj – Editor
Eric Sfiligoj currently serves as Editor for CropLife® and CropLife IRON® magazines and as Senior Editor for AgriBusiness Global™ magazine. He began working at Meister Media Worldwide in 2000. Eric is a graduate of Cleveland State University and started out working for a beverage trade magazine in 1987. Sfiligoj currently serves as a board member for the Mid America CropLife Association and was the recipient of the Ruth White Media Award in 2007.
Matt Hopkins – Senior Online Editor
Matt Hopkins is Senior Online Editor for the Agribusiness Group, and works on the CropLife®, CropLife IRON®, AgriBusiness Global™, PrecisionTech Ag Professional, and Cotton Grower® brands. He is responsible for managing an array of online products, including e-newsletters, websites, video, and social media. Matt originally joined Meister Media Worldwide in 1994 as an editor for Greenhouse Grower® magazine before transitioning to Business Manager of its MeisterPro division. He has a communications degree from Cleveland State University.
Jackie Pucci – Senior Writer
Jackie Pucci is Senior Writer for the AgriBusiness Group, including such brands as AgriBusiness GlobalTM and CropLife® magazines. She joined MMW in 2011 as Managing Editor for AgriBusiness Global (then Farm Chemicals International®). Jackie was a journalist at Reuters in New York City from 2000 to 2007, where she wrote about Wall Street. She has a journalism degree from Ohio University.
Dan Jacobs – Senior Editor and Production Manager
Dan Jacobs, as Senior Editor of CropLife magazine, is responsible for the content of print and online articles. Dan has a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s in education and has been with Meister Media since September 2014. He is a member of ASBPE and the Press Club of Cleveland and has nearly three decades of journalism experience, having worked at a variety of business publications.
CropLife Sales Team
Jim Maddox – Account Manager
Jim Maddox is Account Manager for the Agribusiness Group, including CropLife®, CropLife IRON®, and PrecisionTech Ag Professional He assists his clients in strategically engaging ag retailers and crop advisors through print, digital, custom digital, and custom-content-driven communications. Jim has significant experience in B2B media and is a graduate of The Ohio State University where he majored in Agricultural Economics.
Sal Settecase – Senior Account Manager
Sal Settecase is Senior Account Manager within Meister Media Worldwide’s Agribusiness Group, serving the following brands; CropLife®, CropLife IRON®, PrecisionTech Ag Professional, and Cotton Grower®. He is responsible for helping clients develop marketing plans that get their message to the right person at the right time. Sal has more than 30 years of marketing experience, with the last four at Meister Media Worldwide. He is a graduate of Ashland University.