RISE, CropLife America host annual conference

By |  April 8, 2019
Keynote panelists at the 2019 CropLife America and RISE Regulatory Conference included, from left, Amy O’Shea, FMC Corp.; Karen Larson, Clarke Mosquito; and Danesha Seth Carley, North Carolina State University Center of Excellence for Regulatory Science in Agriculture. PHOTO: RISE

Keynote panelists at the 2019 CropLife America and RISE Regulatory Conference included, from left, Amy O’Shea, FMC Corp.; Karen Larson, Clarke Mosquito; and Danesha Seth Carley, North Carolina State University Center of Excellence for Regulatory Science in Agriculture. PHOTO: RISE

RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) and CropLife America held the 2019 CropLife America and RISE Regulatory Conference from April 3-5 in Arlington, Va. More than 400 leaders from the pesticide industry gathered to discuss innovation, sustainability and the role of regulation.

This year’s conference programming featured experts addressing issues such as the importance of risk-based regulation, pollinator health and the importance of communicating science in an approachable way to consumers and allies.

Pictured from left at the Welcome Reception are Kevin Finnegan, FMC Corporation; Jill Holihan, FMC Corporation; Ona Maune, Bayer; Carrie Tackema, Nufarm Americas, Inc.; and Julie Schlekau, Valent. PHOTO: RISE

Pictured from left at the Welcome Reception are Kevin Finnegan, FMC Corp.; Jill Holihan, FMC Corp.; Ona Maune, Bayer; Carrie Tackema, Nufarm Americas Inc.; and Julie Schlekau, Valent. PHOTO: RISE

“Once again at this year’s conference, we’ve seen strong corporate and academic commitment to developing solutions to pest challenges here in the U.S. and around the world,” said Aaron Hobbs, president of RISE. “The full stakeholder chain, including regulators, is dedicated to developing the most effective and precise products possible through cutting-edge science. An efficient and transparent regulatory process ensures we can continue to advance specialty pesticide products that protect our homes, our places of work and all the public spaces we enjoy.”

Since 2009, the RISE Regulatory Conference has provided a forum to discuss the evolving science and regulation behind crop protection and specialty pesticide products.

“Each year, we have the opportunity to hear from the scientists who drive agricultural innovation. These innovations will help us enhance food safety, increase productivity and sustainability and protect human health,” said Chris Novak, president and CEO of CropLife America. “By providing a forum that allows scientists and regulators to understand the benefits of these innovations, we are hopeful that we can maintain an efficient regulatory process that strengthens consumer confidence in our pesticide products.”

Kylli Paavola (left) and Katie Swift both with Liphatech attending the Welcome Reception at the 2019 CropLife America and RISE Regulatory Conference. PHOTO: RISE

Kylli Paavola (left) and Katie Swift, both with Liphatech, attended the Welcome Reception at the 2019 CropLife America and RISE Regulatory Conference. PHOTO: RISE

At each event, interactive sessions encourage open discussion among those in the pest industry, federal regulators and others about the issues facing the crop protection and specialty pesticide industries. The Council of Producers & Distributors of Agrotechnology, an advocate for agricultural adjuvant and inert ingredient suppliers, joined the conference this year as a co-host.

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