“The New Administration and the Future of Agriculture”
May 2-4, 2017
Indianapolis, Indiana

Annual Adjuvants & Inerts Conference
Developed by Industry for Industry

The 2017 Annual Adjuvants & Inerts Conference is scheduled for May 2-4 at the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites, downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.  Given the significant changes expected to impact federal policy governing the regulation of agrotechnology products under the new Presidential Administration, this year’s Conference theme is appropriately titled “The New Administration and the Future of Agriculture.”  During its first few weeks in office, the Trump Administration has already taken action demonstrating its commitment to follow through on many of its campaign promises including a vow to cut federal regulation.  The upcoming Adjuvants & Inerts Conference will address the challenges and opportunities this new direction presents to manufacturers, formulators, importers, suppliers, and users of adjuvant and inert ingredient products as well as registered end use products.  As past attendees of this Conference will attest, this meeting has come to be known as the leading forum for education, outreach, and the exchange of information with a speaker’s program developed by industry for industry.  Preliminary Agenda

Speaker’s Program:

Mr. Ted McKinney

This year’s conference will kick off with a welcome from Mr. Ted McKinney, Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA).  With more than 25 years of leadership experience in the agricultural industry, Mr. McKinney commands an extensive wealth of knowledge and a keen understanding of Indiana farming issues and global agriculture.

Dr. Michael Boehlje

The conference will also feature an overview of the current state of the farm economy.  CPDA has invited Dr. Michael Boehlje, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University to provide attendees his perspective on how trends in export growth, fuel costs, land values, commodity prices, the financial markets, and other long-term drivers are affecting the agricultural economy both domestically and globally.  Dr. Boehlje was the keynote speaker of the 2015 Annual Adjuvants & Inerts Conference and his informative and lively presentation was very well-received and praised by the audience attending that meeting.

The 2017 Annual Adjuvants & Inerts Conference will also feature several in-depth panel discussions focusing on topics of critical importance to the agrotechnology industry.  Among these will be:

  • Auxin Herbicide Traits :

The widespread use of dicamba, 2,4-D and other auxin herbicides as primary weapons in the control of weeds in agricultural production over the years has unfortunately given rise to an alarming increase in herbicide resistance. Concerns over the volatility of auxin herbicides in relation to the damaging impact these chemicals have demonstrated on sensitive, non-target plants as well as the adverse residual soil effects that have occurred are prompting growers to factor in resistance as a key part of their crop production strategies.  This panel will focus on resulting liability issues such as insurance coverage adjustments and claims and it will look at how the use of certain adjuvants are proving to be effective in the reduction of the non-target movement of these herbicides.

  • Pesticide Resistance Development :

This panel will address how the implementation of integrated pest management is becoming an increasingly crucial tool in the deployment of an effective program that minimizes resistance to herbicides, fungicides and insecticides in agricultural production.

  • Drift Reduction Technologies :

Adjuvants can play an important role in drift reduction strategies that minimize the impact of regulatory buffer zones on production. This panel will provide an update on advances in the development of new drift reducing adjuvants and EPA’s assessment and growing recognition of the benefits of these products in achieving drift reduction under the Agency’s voluntary Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) Program.

Conference Venue:

Hilton Indianapolis Hotel, downtown

The 2017 Annual Adjuvants & Inerts Conference will take place at the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel, which is situated near the Indianapolis Airport, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and an array of attractions conveniently located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis including Lucas Oil Stadium, Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, the Indianapolis Arts Garden, shopping, restaurants and more.  CPDA negotiated a special room rate at the hotel of $178 – $199, up until April 3.  The room block and the discounted rate has now ended, on the availability of the guest rooms, but you may still reserve your guest room. Satellite meeting rooms and small “hospitality” suites are also available, and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please click here to make your hotel reservations.

Networking Reception:

120 West Market Grill

Start the conference off by attending the networking reception that will be held on the evening of May 2nd at the 120 West Market Grill inside the Hilton.  The Networking Reception offers conference attendees the opportunity to network with familiar faces and to establish new business contacts.  Indeed, one of the many benefits of attending the Annual Adjuvants & Inerts Conference is the chance for individuals to expand their circle of business associates and to exchange intelligence on agrotechnology market developments within a casual setting over appetizers and drinks – this is one of the important reasons that CPDA builds into the conference both an opening and closing reception.  Sponsorships of the Networking Reception are available.

Reception at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum:

Fast cars and auto racing buffs are in for a special treat as they explore the rich history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum – the site of the closing reception of the conference which will take place the evening of May 3rd.  The Museum boasts a collection of record-setting race cars and other vehicles from many series including the Indy 500, NASCAR, Formula One, Sprint, Midget, motorcycle races, and drag racing. The Museum is located on the grounds of the Speedway, just five miles from downtown Indianapolis.  Dubbed the “racing capital of the world,” the Speedway was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987.  Transportation to the Speedway Museum from the Hilton will be provided to conference attendees.

CPDA would like to give a special thanks to the following companies for their generosity in sponsoring this event:  Chemorse, Helena Chemical Company, Oxiteno USA, Wilbur-Ellis Company, and WinField United.  Be sure to thank the representatives from these companies who will be at the conference for their support that does so much to enhance the conference experience.  If your company is looking to become a conference sponsor, there are still plenty of opportunities to do so (please read more below).

CPDA-PAC Golf  Tournament:

The CPDA-PAC will sponsor a golf tournament on the afternoon of May 2nd at the beautiful Southern Dunes Golf Course.  Located just 15 minutes south of Indianapolis, the Southern Dunes Golf Course features 18 championship holes and a 9 hole par 3 course.  The tournament will be held from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. and transportation to and from the course will be on your own.  As in years past, tournament prizes will be offered (further details to be announced shortly).  The Tournament is the perfect opportunity to catch up with business associates during a relaxing afternoon on the greens while also enhancing CPDA’s abilities to represent your legislative interests in Washington.  For more information on the Southern Dunes Golf Course, please click here. Clubs are available for rental.

CPDA Adjuvants & Inerts Committee to Meet the Morning of May 4th

All attendees of the Annual Adjuvants & Inerts Conference are invited to participate in a meeting of the CPDA Adjuvants & Inerts Committee (AIC) that will be held at the hotel on the morning of May 4th.  In making your travel plans, please be advised that the AIC meeting will end no later than 12 noon that day.  A committee meeting agenda will be made available in the near future.


To register for the conference online, please click here.  If you’d like to print and email/fax your registration form, please click here.

*Please note: written cancellations will be accepted until April 21, 2017 (minus a $100 administrative fee).  After April 21, registrations may be transferred to another event, but not refundable.  

Preliminary Agenda


Sponsorship Opportunities:

The CPDA Adjuvants & Inerts Conference offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities that will pay dividends to your company many times over by promoting its important role in the development of what has come to be known as the premier conference addressing the issues germane to adjuvant and inert ingredient suppliers, end use product registrants, and other members of the agrotechnology industry.  There are four different sponsorship levels available (Diamond, Platinum, Gold and Silver) as well as specific event sponsorships from which to choose.  During the next several months leading up to the conference, depending on the type of sponsorship you select your company will receive special recognition on this web site, pre-conference materials, the final program, and/or on-site signage. Please click here to learn more about these special sponsorship opportunities. Please note that even though some sponsorship opportunities are already closed, many more are available from which to choose.  Should your company wish to become a sponsor, please indicate your intentions to do so on the registration form.

Thank you to our Sponsors

We look forward to seeing you at the Adjuvants & Inerts Conference this May! Should you have any questions please contact CPDA at (202) 386-7407.