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Agrimarketing : Crop Life America
28 AgriMarketing CropLife America Supplement 1995 In an effort to reform FDA's "Delaney" clause, ACPA took leadership roles in developing a media campaign within the Food Chain Coalition and initiated industry grassroots efforts. ACPA's expansion of the Ambassador Speakers Program resulted in numerous speaker placements nationwide. ARROW (Agricultural Regional Response to Wa te r), a coalition involved in regional water issues, was created. The AgChem Alliance for Electronic Communication was merged with project RAPID to form a new entity, RAPID, Inc. 1996 FQPA was passed unanimously by the House and Senate and signed by President Clinton Aug. 3, eliminating the Delaney clause and strengthening U.S. food safety laws. ACPA's educational program for elementary students, "Benny Broccoli and His Buddies," was launched providing on-request educational aid packets to some 20,000 teachers nationwide. 1997 An in-house Bio- technology Committee was established, open to member and non-member company representation, and a full-time Exec Dir was hired for plant biotechnology activities. 1999 ACPA continued to participate in FIFRA preemption cases at state and federal levels, and worked to inform Congress of preemption importance. Led an industry coalition in responding to EPA's proposed changes in the Confidential Statement of Formula. Created a biotechnology law sub- committee. Organized and led a nationwide grassroots effort, including editorial board visits by farmers and local leaders to encourage Con- gressional support of legislation to ensure science-based implementation of FQPA. Successfully urged House committee hearings on the issue. Provided major share of technical expertise for comments to EPA by the FQPA Implementation Working Group. Helped establish the Agri- cultural Biotechnology Stewardship Working Group to secure expert assessment of concerns related to potential risk of Bt corn pollen to Monarch butterfly larvae. Represented U.S. industry interests before global bodies and developed a position on International Harmonization of Crop Protection Products. 2001 In June, the Global Crop Protection Federation changed its name to CropLife International. ACPA board voted to change its name to CropLife America (CLA), effective Jan. 1, 2002. The new names more accurately reflected the broadened responsibilities of both associations for all crop protection products, including plant bio- technology. Led a pesticide industry- grower coalition in successful efforts to prohibit EPA collection of $51 million in new tolerance fees, as well as $25 million/year in new registration fees. Completed an information kit on pest threats to children's health and distributed to the nation's public health community. Intervened to prevent a last minute settlement of a NRDC lawsuit against EPA that failed to include interests of CLA and other stakeholders and gained a court order for public comment on the settlement. Worked with The Endocrine Group in implementing EPA's EDSTAC advisory program and collaborated with government in development of a refined and scientific risk assessment model for drinking water exposures. 2002 CLA continued to pursue, in collaboration with ag allies, a federal lawsuit challenging EPA promulgation of science policies, including 99.9 percentile, 10-fold safety factor and cumulative risk assessment, and intervened in Endangered Species Act lawsuits. Completed CARES software for risk evaluation and successfully demonstrated it to EPA's Scientific Advisory Committee. Suc- cessfully lobbied in opposition to numerous anti-ag biotech state legislative bills. In cooperation with Ag Retailers Association, drafted stewardship standards for packaged and bulk storage facility management. Continued to advocate revision of EPA's Clean Water Act Total Maximum Daily Load Rule. Expanded business service clients to 14 with the addition of Ag Container Recycling Council and 75 YEARS/continued from page 27
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