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CPDA 2018 Summer Conference & Annual Meeting

July 16-18

Omni Chicago Hotel

Chicago, Illinois


Registration for the CPDA Summer Conference & Annual Meeting is Now Open !

Downtown Chicago is where you want to be July 16-18 for the upcoming CPDA Summer Conference and Annual Meeting to be held at the Omni Chicago Hotel.  This year’s gathering promises to be a truly special event and will showcase a new strategic direction for CPDA.  The CPDA Board of Directors has proposed a plan that sets forth a new way of conducting operations and a new philosophy to enhance the value of CPDA membership. This new strategic direction recognizes that issue priorities vary depending on a company’s primary business focus: producer, formulator/distributor, or adjuvant/inert ingredient supplier.  CPDA members and non-members will have the opportunity to learn more about how this new approach will enable the Council to better meet their needs. You may register online here, or print a blank registration form and mail it in along with payment.

Speakers Program to Include Presentations on an Array of Issues Important to Your Company

Built around the theme of a new beginning and new direction for CPDA, the Summer Conference & Annual Meeting speakers program will include presentations on a number of key issues affecting the agrotechnology industry.  The Conference speakers program will address topics such as:

  • The status of the current regulation of adjuvants in the state of Washington from the perspective of a state regulator with authority over pesticide and agrotechnology product licensing approval;
  • Consolidation trends within the agricultural chemicals industry with an overview of how mergers and acquisitions in this sector are driven by companies seeking to achieve greater economies of scale in a fiercely competitive market;
  • Predictions on the market outlook for spray-tank adjuvants including a review of promising advances in the innovation of these products and an overview of possible regulatory challenges on the horizon; 

These are but a sampling of the topics to be addressed at the upcoming Summer Conference & Annual Meeting.  Attendees can be assured that they will come away from the meeting with a greater understanding of the issues and topics affecting their business operations.

 Spouse & Guest Program

 The CPDA Summer Conference & Annual Meeting will offer a special program for spouses and guests filled with fun and relaxing things to see and do in Chicago.  Final details of the program are near completion and will be announced shortly.  You can be sure that the activities planned will provide a taste of all that Chicago has to offer!

CPDA Awards Banquet

While CPDA is transitioning into a new, refocused organization in meeting the needs of its members, one long-held tradition remains –  the CPDA Awards Banquet, to be held in conjunction with the Summer Conference & Annual Meeting.  Every year, this event provides CPDA the opportunity to recognize individuals for achievements, contributions, or service to the Council or the industry.  It is our chance to highlight the important accomplishments of these individuals that have led to the many important milestones in the agrotechnology industry that exist today.  This year’s CPDA Awards Banquet will take place on the evening of Tuesday, July 17th.

The venue of this year’s Awards Banquet is the Signature Room on the 95th, an upscale dining establishment recognized as part of the “quintessential Chicago experience.”  The restaurant offers panoramic views of the Chicago skyline and has been voted one of “America’s Top Tables” by Gourmet Magazine readers consecutively since 1997.


The CPDA Summer Conference & Annual Meeting offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities which will help enhance the quality and value of the meeting while simultaneously raising the visibility of your company among conference attendees.  You can indicate your desire to sponsor the meeting when you register.  To inquire about additional details regarding sponsorship, please contact CPDA Director of Regulatory Affairs Sylvia Palmer at or call (202) 386-7407.

Hotel Accommodations and Chicago Attractions

CPDA has negotiated a conference room rate at the Omni Chicago Hotel of $259.  Room reservations may be made online by clicking here.  We recommend that you make your reservations as quickly as possible as the room block closes on June 21st, after which time rooms will only be available on a first-come, first-served basis and you may not be eligible for the conference rate.

The Omni Chicago Hotel is an all-suite hotel located in the heart of the city’s vibrant “Magnificent Mile” on North Michigan Avenue.  The Magnificent Mile is home to many Chicago attractions and is the gateway to famous architectural landmarks such as Tribune Tower, The Wrigley Building, and the London Guarantee Building.  The Magnificent Mile is also the site of several of Chicago’s world-class museums, the famous Navy Pier, and the 360 Chicago Observatory, situated high atop the iconic John Hancock Center.  The 360 Chicago observation deck offers a stunning 360 degree view of the city’s skyline and Lake Michigan and also features TILT – a thrilling ride where you are situated on a moving platform that tilts you over Michigan Avenue from the 94th floor!

Further details on the Summer Conference & Annual Meeting will be announced in the weeks ahead.  Meanwhile, please make plans to join us in the “windy city” this July for what promises to be an informative and fun event.

See You in Chicago!!