Earlier this week, CLA’s Rachel Lattimore and I spoke to an audience of representatives from around the agriculture community on agribusiness in the current political climate. The event, hosted by CLA associate member Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis, Indiana, took an in-depth look at Emerging Trends and Opportunities in the Agricultural and Food Industries.
During the presentation, I spoke to the overall agricultural trends CLA has observed during the transition to a new administration and addressed the importance of continuing to support innovation in rural America. As stated in CLA’s news release, “Technological advancement drives farm productivity…The U.S. government’s focus on intellectual property protection and a science-based regulatory system ensures continued investment in new technology that enables farmers to grow robust crops on less land, promoting environmental sustainability.”
Rachel spoke on similar themes saying, “The continuing conflict between the [Endangered Species Act] and federal pesticide laws causes litigation, product approval delays and grower uncertainty. The courts will not solve this problem. We need a better approach.” On the issue of regulatory reform, she added, “Our members are supportive of [the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency] getting back on a science-based track and providing growers with more certainty about the tools they need. At the same time, CLA is taking a close look at many pending proposals around regulatory reform. We don’t want the regulatory process to slow down to such a pace that reform itself causes market uncertainty.”