CropLife America Elects Board Leadership and Honors Award Recipients


During its 80th annual meeting at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., CropLife America (CLA) announced annual election results.

"The CLA board of directors continues to provide strong leadership for our association and advocate for modern agricultural solutions that benefit American farmers and consumers," said Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA. "We are excited to welcome new and returning leadership to the board, and to work with them on our industry's most pressing issues."

Vern Hawkins, president of Syngenta Crop Protection, was elected to begin his two-year term as CLA's 45th chairman of the board. He is preceded by John Chrosniak, who was recently promoted to global business director of packaging graphics for DuPont Electronics & Communications. James Hay, regional business director, North America, for DuPont Crop Protection, was selected to fill Chrosniak's unexpired term after he transitioned to DuPont's Electronics & Communications division in June.

Nevin McDougall, senior vice president of North America Crop Protection at BASF Corp., will continue to serve as the board's treasurer and vice chair. Also serving as vice chairs are Diane Allemang, executive vice president, North America, global regulatory affairs, Cheminova, Inc.; and Dave Tretter, vice president, Crop Production Services, Inc. Eric Wintemute, president and CEO of AMVAC Chemical Corp. and former chairman of the board, will continue serving as immediate past chairman.

CLA also recognized exceptional member company employees, allies and staff with awards during the general session and farewell gala dinner. Award recipients were nominated by industry professionals and selected by CLA leadership.

Named for the association's first and longest-serving president, the Lea S. Hitchner Service Award represents CLA's greatest honor. Margaret Cherny, retired vice president of regulatory and government affairs and communications for Bayer CropScience, and Bill Mahlburg, former director of government affairs for NuFarm Americas, Inc. and current president of RegVantage Strategies, received the Hitchner Award. Mahlburg also received the Lea S. Hitchner Award in 2004, and is one of only two individuals who have received the award more than once. Steve Goldberg, vice president and associate general counsel of regulatory law and government affairs for BASF Corp., also received the Hitchner Award twice, in 1999 and 2003.

Other awards announced at the 2013 Annual Meeting included:
Lifetime Achievement Award: Honors a member of the industry who has made major contributions over the years and will be honored in their retirement.
  • Carlos Buzio, CropLife Latin America
  • Lorne Hepworth, CropLife Canada
Presidential Path to Leadership Award: Presented to those who have shown exemplary service as voluntary chairs of one or more CLA committees.

        Roosevelt Award (Those who have served one full, aggregate term leading a committee or Issues         Management Team):
  • Tim Donnelly, Law Committee, AMVAC Chemical Corp.
  • Nick Poletika, Clean Water Issues Management Team, Dow AgroSciences
  • Joe Wisk, Eco-Toxicology Work Group, BASF Corp.

        Jefferson Award (Those who have served three full, aggregate terms leading a committee or Issues         Management Team):
  • Jack Cain, Registration Committee, DuPont Crop Protection
  • Russell Jones, Environmental Risk Assessment Committee, Bayer CropScience
Workhorse Award: Recognizing significant and progressive contributions that support the crop protection industry as serving a key role in the production of a safe, affordable and abundant food supply for U.S. consumers.
  • John Cummings, FMC Corp.
  • Patrick Havens, Dow AgroSciences
  • Iain Kelley, Bayer CropScience
State Legislative Award: Honoring those who demonstrate outstanding leadership in the area of state legislative issues and who promote initiatives that preserve, protect and advance the ability of farmers to provide a safe, affordable and abundant food supply to America.
  • Pennsylvania Sen. Mike Brubaker
  • Iowa Rep. Annette Sweeney
Urbanowski Grassroots Award: Presented to nonmember individuals who work to promote crop protection within communities and through grassroots activities.
  • Heather Hansen, Washington Friends of Farms & Forests
Agriculture Ambassador Award: Honoring members of the media or allied organizations who have made a major contribution to the education of the public about crop protection and their contribution to a safe, affordable and abundant food supply.
  • Bill Angstadt, Delaware Maryland Agribusiness Association
Chairman's Award: Honoring an individual within the CropLife America staff for his or her exceptional service to member companies, the industry and the association.
  • Michael Leggett, senior director of environmental policy
  • Mary Emma Young, director of communications and marketing
"Our members contribute so much to our industry and make it possible for us to reach new heights each year. Every individual selected by their peers for these awards has demonstrated leadership, excellence and dedication to modern agriculture," Vroom continued. "It was truly our honor to recognize them at this year's special 80th anniversary annual meeting."