Farm Progress

CropLife America helps consumers understand the importance of farm chemicals and the extensive research and testing that goes into each new product. The time and money invested in new farm chemicals may surprise you.

Jill Loehr, Associate Editor, Prairie Farmer

January 12, 2017

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LONG, EXPENSIVE JOURNEY: It takes millions of dollars and more than a decade to discover, develop, test and gain approval to launch one single crop chemical.McKinneMike/iStock/Thinkstock

Have you ever wondered how much time and money crop protection companies invest in developing a new herbicide, fungicide or insecticide? A study conducted every five years by CropLife International answers that question and more, says Genevieve O’Sullivan, director of communications and marketing for CropLife America.

“We still have people who don’t believe pesticides are regulated,” she notes. “We work very hard to make sure all products are fully tested for public health and safety, and environmental health and safety.” 

This safety testing, part of the extensive regulatory approval process, adds to the time and money chemical companies spend on product development. How much time and money? Check out the infographic below.

CropLife America is the national trade association for the producers, sellers, distributors and applicators of crop protection products. CropLife America plays a critical role in educating consumers, working with regulatory agencies and advocating for farm chemicals with local, state and federal government officials, O’Sullivan explains.

CropLife America also helps consumers understand the important role chemicals play on farms, promotes product safety testing and works to clear up consumer misconceptions, she adds.

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Jill Loehr

Associate Editor, Prairie Farmer, Loehr

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