CropLife America is a trade association representing the manufacturers of pesticides and other agricultural chemicals. It was formerly known as the American Crop Protection Association, and before that as the National Agricultural Chemicals Association.
CropLife America's rhetoric, and its name, indicates a shift in the pesticide industry's rhetoric and approach to public relations in the last decade. "CropLife America's mission," says its website, "is to foster the interests of the general public and CropLife America member companies by promoting innovation and the environmentally sound manufacture, distribution and use of crop protection and production technologies for safe, high-quality, affordable and abundant food, fiber and other crops."
The pesticide industry hopes to be known as the "crop protection" industry. The image it presents is one of a hi-tech, efficient, responsible, and green industry that is already thoroughly regulated to assure the safety of its products. While the industry quietly pursues an anti-regulatory agenda to assure no pesticides would be removed from the market, its trade association claims its aim is to "promote increasingly responsible, science-driven legislation and regulation."
The agricultural chemicals industry's new public face closely resembles the public image of the chemical industry's largest trade group, the American Chemistry Council, under the umbrella of "Responsible Care."
In 2002 CropLife America launched a public relations campaign that emphasized the everyday uses of pesticides and ag biotech, which it says the public often overlooks. This included safe food, and protecting homes and schools, it said. "For too long our industry had focused exclusively on promoting our successes in safety assessment and management," said CropLife president Jay Vroom. "These messages, including rigorous testing and EPA regulations, are valid and continue to resonate, but they are not enough," said Vroom. (Chemical Week; New York; Apr 10, 2002, volume 164, issue 15, p.5)
CropLife shares office space with Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE), a lobbying and public relations trade organization for the pesticide and fertilizer industry.
In March 2004, CropLife poured funding into a campaign to defeat a Mendocino County ballot initiative - known as Measure H - that would make the country the first to ban genetically engineered crops. In the lead up the the vote CropLife contributed over $500,000 - more than seven times that of the initiative supporters - to defeat the proposal.  Despite the massive campaign against the initiative, the bio-tech industry suffered a humiliating defeat. The measure passed by a margin of 56% to 43%. 
Els Cooperrider, the owner of a Ukiah organic brew pub and a champion of the initiative told the Press Democrat "passage of Measure H is just the beginning. We're the first county, but the revolution is just starting". 
2012 lobbying data
|Lobbying Firm||Amount Reported||Issue|
|Alpine Group||$60,000||H.R. 872, Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011 Reauthorization of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act S. 3240, Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012, Issues relating to the implementation of the Food Safety Quality Protection Act of 1996 relating to the use and approval of crop protection chemicals, Toxic Substances Control Act H.R. 553, Endocrine Disruptor Screening Enhancement of 2011 H.R. 901, Chemical Facility Security Improvement Act of 2011.|
|Bergeson & Campbell||$40,000||Issues relating to the Farm Bill and USDA conservation programs, Issues relating to NPDES permits for aquatic pesticides and "Waters of the U.S." guidance. Issues relating to pesticide use and registration.|
|Cornerstone Government Affairs||$20,000||Industry user fees, and FIFRA and Food Quality Protection Act.|
|Croplife America||$1,040,000||H.R. 901, Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Security Authorization Act of 2011 H.R. 908, Full Implementation of the Chemical Facility Antiterrorism Security Act of 2011 H.R. 916, Continuing Chemical Facilities Antiterrorism Security Act of 2011 S. 473, Continuing Chemical Facilities Antiterrorism Security Act of 2011, S. 847, A bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to ensure that risks from chemicals are adequately understood and managed, and for other purposes H.R. 910, Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 S. 482, Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011
H.R. 1363, Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011 HJ Res 44, Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011 HJ Res 48, Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments of 2011 H Con. Res 34, FY 2012 Budget Resolution H.R. 1, Full Year Continuing Appropriations, 2011 H.R. 2112, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 H.R. 2584, Department of Interior, Enviornment, and Related Agencies Appropriations, 2012 H.R. 2018, Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act H.R. 872, Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011 S. 718, A bill to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to improve the use of certain registered pesticides H.R. 553, Endocrine Disruptor Screening Enhancement Act of 2011 H.R. 2521, Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Exposure Elimination Act of 2011 S. 1361, Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Exposure Elimination Act of 2011 S. 875, Drinking Water Right to Know Act S. 76, Strengthening Protections for Children and Communities from Disease Clusters Act H.R. 2596, CJS, Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 S. 2245, Preserve the Waters of the United States Act
|Crowell & Moring LLp||$40,000||Advice and counsel of pesticide regulatory matters including application of Clean Water Act permitting requirements to pesticide applications (H.R. 872), and US EPA's Clean Water Act guidance related to "Waters of the US".|
|EOP Group||$60,000||HR 872 - MPDES Permit Bill, H 1473, Consolidated Appropriations Act 2012, FY 2013 Concurrent Resolution Endangered Species effects on agriculture Pesticide Registration - Fees, proposals to register the use of pesticides in schools. Issues relating to the implementation of the Food Safety Quality Act of 1996, relating to the use and approval of crop pesticide chemicals.|
|James Nichols Ashmore and Associates||$160,000||Congressional consideration of issues associated with the development of the congressional budget for fiscal 2013 (H. Con. Res. 112) and how these deliberations might impact onf authorization and appropriations legislation addressing programs and issues of importance to the crop protection industry, Congressional efforts to reauthorize the General Farm Act and how those efforts and issues associated with those efforts and matters under consideration could impact on issues of importance to the crop protection industry in the United States. Administrative actions under consideration by the Environmental Protection Agency pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and how those actions could impact on state agencies that have assumed enforcement responsibility under FIFRA or how those actions could impact on other matters of importance to the crop protection industry|
IRS Reported 990 Forms
- 2009 CropLife America 990
- 2008 CropLife America 990
- 2007 CropLife America 990
- 2006 CropLife America 990
- 2005 CropLife America 990
- 2004 CropLife America 990
- 2003 CropLife America 990
1156 15th St. NW, Ste. 400
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Related SourceWatch articles
- Mike Geniella, "Biotech backers pile on cash in Mendocino: $150,000 to fight modified crop ban brings total to $500,000", The Press Democrat, March 2, 2004.
- "Mendocino County: Measures", The Press Democrat, March 4, 2004.
- Mike Geniella, "Mendocino County voters ban biotech crops: First county in U.S. to bar gene-altered farming", The Press Democrat, March 3, 2004.
- Rosalinda Ahumada, "Herbicide donation just ducky: Wildlife refuge fights weeds on grand scale", Modesto Bee, June 30, 2005.