July 21-23, 2014
Inn and Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe, New Mexico
A New and Expanded Meeting
The Council of Producers & Distributors of Agrotechnology (CPDA) is pleased to announce its 2014 Summer Conference & Annual Meeting to be held July 21-23 at the Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico! Many long-time CPDA members will notice the new name of this event that was formerly known as the Annual Meeting. Why the new name? Simple – we are expanding the scope and breadth of this meeting to include issues germane to the agrotechnology industry not only here in the United States but internationally as well. We are planning a speakers program that will offer a glimpse not only of how the U.S. and other countries are regulating adjuvants, post patent pesticides, and other agrotechnology products, but will also provide valuable insight into the related business implications facing companies who want to perform successfully in a fiercely competitive global marketplace.
With this in mind, the Annual Meeting has been renamed the Summer Conference & Annual Meeting to better reflect the unique informational and networking value this event offers from a global perspective to all agrotechnology companies – regardless of whether or not they are members of CPDA.
A Different Kind of Audience
Along with an expansion of the issues we will cover during the Summer Conference & Annual Meeting we anticipate an audience that will include a number of non-CPDA member companies.
In offering a special welcome to those folks attending for the first time, we are planning a “Newcomers Reception” that will offer these first-time individuals an opportunity to meet members of the CPDA Board of Directors and Council staff in a small, intimate and collegial setting. The “Newcomers Reception” will provide all first-time attendees, members and non-members alike, an opportunity to get to know us and to learn more about the Council’s accomplishments and activities in a very relaxed, friendly and social setting.
The 2014 Summer Conference & Annual Meeting speakers program will include a strong international component. Among the international issues the program will address is how Brazil finds itself unable to register either adjuvants or pesticide formulations that contain adjuvants. The Summer Conference & Annual Meeting will also include an overview of the impact of REACH on the U.S. inert ingredients market. We are also planning to provide an update on proposed changes to the Canadian pesticide regulatory regime including possible revisions to the data protection submission process under consideration by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). We have also invited Jack Housenger, the newly named Director of EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), to share his vision of where he wants to take the Agency’s pesticide program in the future and what he sees are the biggest challenges looking ahead on the U.S. regulatory front. In addition, the Summer Conference & Annual Meeting speakers program will include a presentation by well-known expert Matthew Phillips on the global agrochemical and seed industries and factors affecting trends within these sectors. The 2014 Summer Conference & Annual Meeting will cover an array of other topics including:
New developments in seed treatments and related market implications
The prominent role played by biologicals in enhancing plant production technologies
The precautionary principle debunked
Three separate in-depth roundtable discussions (all to run concurrently) will be held on the afternoon of July 22nd to allow for a closer examination of selected topics from that morning’s speakers program. Attendees will have the choice of participating in one of the following roundtables:
The implications of REACH and data compensation on the U.S. inert ingredient industry
Agrotechnology regulatory challenges in the Americas (with a focus on Brazil and Canada) and possible solutions
Challenges and opportunities for biorationals in agriculture and more
In addition to the reception for first-time attendees, the Summer Conference & Annual Meeting will also include our long-standing and traditional Welcome Reception the evening of Monday, July 21st and our famous CPDA-PAC silent auction (bring your checkbooks!) and Awards Banquet the following evening.
Our spouse program is currently being built in the new tradition – by the spouses themselves – and is sure to offer unique opportunities for fun, education, and relaxation!
Now a Word about the Locale of the 2014 Summer Conference & Annual Meeting – Beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe, New Mexico embodies the vibrant and rich cultural history of the Southwest and is home to a variety of museums, restaurants, and performing arts festivals. Santa Fe is situated 7,000 feet above sea level in the southernmost Rocky Mountains and offers 12,000 foot scenic vistas of the surrounding pristine mountains. Santa Fe is filled with many small boutique shops and open air markets where you will find a wide selection of unique hand-made Native American and international artwork and jewelry. The Inn and Spa at Loretto has received Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards for the last four years. Situated at the end of the historic Old Santa Fe Trail high in the spectacular Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Inn is an architectural recreation of the Taos Pueblo, a national historic landmark.
Come one, come all to Santa Fe for our new and expanded Summer Conference & Annual Meeting!!!