CropLife America (CLA) reports:
During our opening session, CLA’s President and CEO Chris Novak recognized CLA’s members for their steadfast work and praised the invaluable leadership of the CLA board of directors. Chris thanked Susanne Wasson (Corteva Agriscience™), CLA’s current Board Chair, for her unyielding dedication in shepherding CLA through a transition year and the creation of CLA’s new strategic plan.
During this session, CLA recognized members who have shown exemplary drive and leadership. Whether its on a specific issue or managing the work of an entire committee, CLA is thankful for our members’ donated time and hard work throughout this past year and every year.
The Pillar Award (formerly the Workhorse Award) recognizes an individual or group who has shown dedicated service to the pesticide industry and CLA by working diligently on current and emerging issues. Pillar Award winners for 2019 are: Jane Stewart (BASF); Allen Scarborough (Bayer); and Karen Cain (BASF).
The Jay J. Vroom Agriculture Ambassador Award recognizes members of the media or allied organizations who have contributed to the education of the public about crop protection products. This year’s honorees are Stephanie Regagnon (FieldWatch, Inc.) and Chandler Goule (National Association of Wheat Growers).
The Chairman’s Award was presented to Riley Titus (government relations, CLA) and Stephanie Binns (RISE). This award honors individuals within the CLA staff for their exceptional service to member companies, the industry and the organization.
The Urbanowski Grassroots Award honors the outstanding grassroots contributions made by an individual or organization at the local, state or federal level and we were thrilled to recognize Katie Fast (Oregonians for Food and Shelter) and Sundari Kraft (Ascent Strategies, LLC).
The State Leadership Award honors individuals who demonstrate outstanding leadership in promoting state initiatives that support today’s agriculture. This year we were pleased to recognize Minnesota State Senator Bill Weber and Maryland State Senator J.B. Jennings.
CLA was thrilled to present a new award, the Rising Star Award, to recognize emerging leaders in the agricultural industry whose record reflects exceptional growth in leadership and responsibility. Congratulations to Rachel Hurley (Bayer) and Atashi Mukherjee Bell (BASF) on this well-deserved honor!
CLA also presented one of its highest honors, the Lifetime Achievement Award, during Tuesday’s gala. CLA was delighted to present the award to two individuals this year: Janis McFarland (retired, formerly Syngenta) and Steve Goldberg (BASF). Janis’ enthusiasm and passion for this industry is unrivaled and evident in every stewardship, research and education initiative she led. Having earned accolades and recognition from Purdue University and Weed Science Society of America for her amazing work, we’re happy to join the chorus to honor Janis’ remarkable career. Thank you, Janis, for your intensity, your positivity and expertise!
Steve has been one of CLA’s most active members for years and his contributions have never gone unnoticed. His breadth of knowledge has been an asset on every committee, work group and Issue Management Team that Steve has been a part of, including the Strategic Oversight Council, the Law Committee, the Federal Affairs Committee and the Endangered Species Issue Management Team. We would be remiss to not mention his critical work on the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) over the years. Steve’s legal and technical expertise has been essential to the passage of PRIA despite an increasingly difficult political climate in Congress.