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AVENTURA, Florida – RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) and CropLife America held a joint annual meeting in Aventura, Florida from September 12-15, 2021.

Nearly 500 attendees, representing companies providing pest and phytosanitary solutions for the specialty pesticide and agricultural markets, attended the session virtually and in person.

Participants met for three days to work together, strengthen relationships, and share information.

RISE President Megan Provost, who joined the association in December 2019 before the pandemic, chaired their first in-person annual meeting. It promoted meaningful collaboration and engagement.

“Advocacy is always more effective when we build and maintain strong partnerships,” said Provost. “By working together and meaningfully working with our internal and external audiences, by convening a forum for partnership and information exchange, and by strengthening our collective impact as a force multiplier, RISE can build and develop our membership and coalitions for advancement and access to Protect pesticides and fertilizers. “

Sessions provide insight

A session on Trends in Emerging Technology presented by two university professors focused on innovative solutions that more accurately control pests and improve plant health.

Other panel discussions included a discussion of current state legislative activity related to pesticide legislation, with panelists providing data-driven insights and concrete examples of the effectiveness of grassroots advocacy in pesticide policy making.

A panel of former federal agency officers shared their knowledge and experience of the important work and achievements of the industry’s regulators.

In addition, keynote speaker David Wasserman, managing editor of the Cook Political Report, considered one of the best election forecasters in the country, provided analysis of the 2022 midterm elections and other insights.

RISE 2021’s new board and committees met to develop tactics to address ongoing and emerging issues in 2022 and recognized the year’s outstanding volunteers with three notable awards.

New board members

The RISE board of directors met on September 13 and elected a new member, Bill Culpepper, SePRO Corporation.

The Board of Directors also elected its Executive Committee in 2022:

• Stephanie Jensen, Chairman, BASF

• John Smith, Vice Chairman, AMGUARD Environmental Technologies

• Karen Larson, Treasurer, Clarke

Neil Cleveland, PBI / Gordon Corporation completes his tenure on the Board of Directors. Those who will continue their term of office in the Presidium in 2022 are:

• Daryl Allen, Corteva Agriscience

• Kathy Bishop, Lebanon Seaboard Corporation

• John Johnson, Prokoz, Inc.

• Scott Lazarczyk, SBM Life Sciences

• Todd Mason, Sipcam Agro USA

• Jose Milan, Bayer

• Blaine Pinkerton, Nufarm Americas, Inc.

• Scott Reasons, Syngenta

• Brian Rowan, SiteOne Landscape Supply

• Nadia Sinno, FMC Corporation

The RISE Committee Chairs serving on the Association’s Strategic Oversight Council are:

• Aquatics Committee, Sam Barrick, SePRO Corporation

• Communications Committee, Heidi Deja, BASF

• Fertilizer Committee, Eric Miltner, Allied Nutrients

• Legal Committee, John Rebman, Bayer

• Legislative Affairs Committee, Rick Deadwyler, Corteva Agriscience

• Program and Membership Committee, Jeff Michel, Bayer

• Regulatory Affairs Committee, Jennifer Hughes, Corteva Agriscience

Steven Farrington, Gowan Company, was elected, along with Provost, to co-chair the RISE Strategic Oversight Council. Carrie Tackema, Nufarm Americas, Inc., completed her two-year term as co-chair of the Strategic Oversight Council during this week’s session.

Award winners

Sean F. Casey, former chairman of the RISE board of directors and recently retired vice president, lawn and ornamental sales for Nufarm Americas, Inc., receives the 2021 E. Allen James Leadership Award.

RISE’s Most Significant Honorary Honor for its First President recognizes exemplary leadership and outstanding contributions to the specialty pesticide and fertilizer industries, as well as to RISE.

Casey has been a voice in the specialty pesticides industry for more than 30 years. As Chairman of the 2020 RISE Board of Directors, he helped develop the association’s new five-year strategic plan and was an active member of many other industry groups, including Project Evergreen.

Casey served two terms on the board and during his first term helped transition the association to data-driven messaging and public relations to advance the specialty industry.

The RISE Grassroots Excellence Award 2021 was presented to members of the New Jersey Green Industry Council for their exceptional commitment to grassroots advocacy in the state capital.

Established in 2012, the RISE Grassroots Excellence Award is presented annually to individuals, groups or affiliated associations who demonstrate outstanding efforts and contributions to advancing the mission, vision and goals of the public policy advocacy of the specialty pesticide and fertilizer industry through the grassroots.

The Board presented the Communications Committee with the Strategic Driver Award 2021 in recognition of the committee’s role in developing high-performing messages to promote the industry and ensuring that those messages are accessible to everyone involved in the industry.

The Strategic Driver Award recognizes the work of volunteer leaders and the influence they have in realizing their mission and vision of RISE.

Information and photos from RISE and CropLife America attendees can be found on social media using the hashtag # GrowingTogether21.

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