RISE celebrates collaboration and relationships at 31st annual meeting
RISE President Megan Provost addressed an in-person and online audience during the RISE 31st Annual Meeting held with CropLife America in Florida.
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RISE celebrates collaboration and relationships at 31st annual meeting

In-person and virtual event attracted nearly 500 participants.

September 16, 2021

RISE and CropLife America held a joint annual meeting in Aventura, Florida, Sept. 12-15, 2021.

Nearly 500 participants representing companies that provide pest and plant health solutions for the specialty pesticide and agriculture markets attended the meeting virtually and in-person. Attendees met for three days to collaborate, strengthen relationships and share information.

RISE President Megan Provost, who joined the association in December 2019 before the pandemic, led her first in-person annual meeting. She encouraged meaningful collaboration and engagement.

“Advocacy is always more effective when we build and maintain strong partnerships,” Provost said. “By collaborating and engaging meaningfully with our internal and external audiences, by convening a forum for partnership and information-sharing, and by amplifying our collective impact by acting as a force-multiplier, RISE can build and develop our membership and our coalitions to promote and protect access to pesticides and fertilizers.”

A Trends in Emerging Technology session, presented by two university professors, focused on innovative solutions that will more accurately target pests and improve plant health.

Other panels featured a discussion of current state legislative activities as they pertained to pesticide laws with panelists providing data-driven insights and specific examples on the effectiveness of grassroots advocacy in shaping pesticide policies.

A panel of former federal agency appointees shared their insights and experiences about the important work and accomplishments of industry regulators.

Additionally, keynote speaker David Wasserman, senior editor for The Cook Political Report who is recognized as one of the nation’s top election forecasters, provided analyses of 2022 mid-term elections and other insights.

The new 2021 RISE Governing Board and committees met to develop tactics to address ongoing and emerging issues in 2022 and recognized the year’s outstanding volunteers with three notable awards. 

The RISE Governing Board met on Sept. 13, and elected one new member, Bill Culpepper, SePRO Corporation.

The Board also elected its 2022 Executive Committee:

  • Stephanie Jensen, Chair, BASF
  • John Smith, Vice Chair, AMGUARD Environmental Technologies
  • Karen Larson, Treasurer, Clarke

Completing his term on the Governing Board is Neil Cleveland, PBI/Gordon Corporation. Those continuing their terms on the 2022 Governing Board are:

  • Daryl Allen, Corteva Agriscience
  • Kathy Bishop, Lebanon Seaboard Corporation
  • John Johnson, Prokoz, Inc.
  • Scott Lazarczyk, SBM Life Sciences
  • Todd Mason, Sipcam Agro USA
  • Jose Milan, Bayer
  • Blaine Pinkerton, Nufarm Americas, Inc.
  • Scott Reasons, Syngenta
  • Brian Rowan, SiteOne Landscape Supply
  • Nadia Sinno, FMC Corporation

RISE Committee Chairs serving on the association’s Strategic Oversight Council are:

  • Aquatics Committee, Sam Barrick, SePRO Corporation
  • Communications Committee, Heidi Deja, BASF
  • Fertilizer Committee, Eric Miltner, Allied Nutrients
  • Law Committee, John Rebman, Bayer
  • Legislative Affairs Committee, Rick Deadwyler, Corteva Agriscience
  • Programs & Membership Committee, Jeff Michel, Bayer
  • Regulatory Affairs Committee, Jennifer Hughes, Corteva Agriscience

Steven Farrington, Gowan Company, was elected to serve as co-chair of the RISE Strategic Oversight Council with Provost. Carrie Tackema, Nufarm Americas, Inc., concluded her two-year term as Strategic Oversight Council co-chair during this week’s meeting.

Sean F. Casey, past RISE Governing Board chair and recently retired vice president of sales for turf and ornamental at Nufarm Americas, Inc., is the recipient of the 2021 E. Allen James Leadership Award.

RISE’s most distinguished volunteer honor named for its first president recognizes exemplary leadership and outstanding contributions to the specialty pesticide and fertilizer industry and to RISE.

Casey has been a voice of the specialty pesticide industry for more than 30 years. As the 2020 RISE Governing Board chair, he helped develop the association’s new five-year strategic plan and served as an active member in many other industry groups, including Project Evergreen.

Casey served two terms on the Governing Board, and during his first helped to lead the association’s move to data-driven messaging and public relations to promote the specialty industry.

The 2021 RISE Grassroots Excellence Award was given to members of the New Jersey Green Industry Council for their extraordinary commitment to grassroots advocacy in the state capital.

Created in 2012, the RISE Grassroots Excellence Award is presented annually to an individual, group or allied association that demonstrates outstanding effort and contributions to furthering the mission, vision and goals of the specialty pesticide and fertilizer industry’s public policy advocacy through grassroots.

The Governing Board presented the Communications Committee with the 2021 Strategic Driver Award recognizing the committee’s role in developing powerful messaging to promote the industry and to ensuring those messages are accessible to everyone engaged with the industry.