Southern Crop Production Association meets in Florida DESPITE continuing industry consolidation and diminishing resources that has required "getting more done with less," the Southern Crop Production Association continues to be a strong and effective voice for the agrichemical industry, says John Pate, outgoing president of the 15-state organization.

Speaking at the annual convention at Amelia Island, Fla., he said officers and members have been involved in a broad slate of activities to further the industry's interests.

"Our board and several members went to Washington, along with the board of the Southern Seedsmen's Association, and paid visits to congressmen and senators from our states. This face-to-face effort certainly is of value in securing co-sponsors for legislation vital to our industry"

Pate, who is eastern region vice president for Helena Chemical Company's specialty business unit, said the association's State Affairs Committee is actively monitoring state laws and regulations and holds a very successful State Issues Summit each year.

"They have been active in forming valuable coalitions with grower groups, agribusiness associations, Extension Service personnel, state Farm Bureau organizations, and fertilizer and commodity groups, which will be extremely advantageous to us in the future."

The Industry Relations Committee is also continuing to develop closer relations with the seed and fertilizer sectors.

"Our Registration/Technical Committee has worked to meet and monitor the many issues that affect all of us, providing informative bulletins and sharing knowledge."

Pate said the SCPA's Ambassador program, which provides trained speakers for schools, civic clubs, and groups throughout the region, continues to be an effective tool for increasing awareness of the benefits of crop protection.

Participation in the Interregional Coordinating Council (which includes SCPA and three other regional associations) has involved the monitoring of pending regulations by the U.S. Department of Transportation and efforts to counter rules that would be detrimental to the industry.

With some of its member companies, SCPA also sponsors an annual Fertilizer and Crop Protection Health and Safety School, which "provides valuable hands-on training for local personnel in emergency response, spill clean-up procedures, fire safety, and other key topics."

Officers and directors were elected for the associationis 2001 year.

Eugene Maddux, Triangle Chemical Co., Macon, Ga., will serve as president; Dave Rhylander, Monsanto Co., Memphis, Tenn., vice president; Charles Morris, DuPont Crop Protection, Raleigh, N.C., secretary-treasurer; Ed Duskin, Dawson, Ga., executive vice president; and John Pate, Helena Chemical Co., Columbia, S.C., president ex officio.

Board members re-elected to an additional term, or continuing current terms, are Jim Bone, Griffin L.L.C., Valdosta, Ga.; Jerry Hulbert, Valent USA Corp., Longwood, Fla.; Julie Jessen, Gowan Co., Yuma, Ariz.; Chuck Keyes, UAP, Memphis; John Molpus, BASF Corp., Collierville, Tenn.

Donnie Oleniczak, Aventis Crop Science, Cumming, Ga.; Samuel Rodgers, Carolina Eastern, Inc., Scranton, S.C.; Robert Shockey, Drexel Chemical Co., Memphis; Terry Singley, Bayer Corp., Kansas City, Mo.; John Thompson, FMC Corp., Atlanta, Ga.; Joe Will, Southern States Cooperative, Richmond, Va.; and Fred Worthington, Cardinal Chemicals, Inc., Kinston, N.C.

Appointed advisory members are Ed Dickinson, Progressive Farmer, Birmingham, Ala., and Don Kimmel, Delta and Pine Land Co., Scott, Miss.