WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — CropLife America (CLA) celebrated its 80th anniversary this week as the national association representing the crop protection industry during its annual meeting at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. The first general session featured a panel discussion with former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture John Block, Michael Espy, John Knebel and Ed Schafer. During the panel discussion, the former secretaries shared memories from their respective terms in office and reflected on U.S. farm policy. CLA’s President/CEO Jay Vroom served as moderator.
Vroom is a native of Illinois and has maintained his home state roots in farming, while also pursuing active agricultural industry careers in Washington and around the United States.
Vroom has served as CropLife America’s president and CEO for 25 years and has been a leader in U.S. agribusiness trade associations for his entire career. In addition to his leadership role at CLA, he is chairman of the CropLife Foundation, a senior member of CropLife International’s Crop Protection Strategy Council, and serves on the board of directors for The Friends of the National Arboretum. A native of Princeton, he was raised on grain and livestock farms in Bureau County and still owns the farm today. He graduated with honors from the University of Illinois College of Agriculture.
Established in 1933, CLA represents the developers, manufacturers, formulators and distributors of plant science solutions for agriculture and pest management in the United States. CropLife America’s member companies produce, sell and distribute virtually all the crop protection and biotechnology products used by American farmers. CLA is also on Twitter and can be found at CropLifeAmerica.