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Modern Agriculture Technologies

ARA membership annually decides a new set of policy issues the association will focus on with elected officials and key regulatory agencies in Washington, D.C. The established set of policy issues typically drive discussions during the annual ARA Legislative Fly-In. Read more about ARA's proposed solutions related to modern agriculture technologies.

Current State

  • Maintaining the ability to grow and produce food is at the heart of our food system.
  • This effort is led by America’s agricultural retailers working with their farm and ranch customers. Every item that consumers eat in the United States and around the world starts out being grown or produced and eventually makes its way to our plates.
  • It is critical for the federal government to make decisions based on sound science, peer-reviewed data and by following a risk-based approach. Farmers need to have access to critical crop input supplies (pesticides, fertilizers, seed) and precision agricultural technologies.
  • FIFRA provides for the federal regulation of pesticide distribution, sale, and use and establishes stringent safety standards and oversight.
  • U.S. agriculture remains the leader in innovation for plant breeding innovation due to clear, predictable, and science-and risk-based regulations.
  • New innovations in plant breeding provides benefits such as reducing CO2 emissions, dramatically increasing crop productivity, providing more food to remote communities, and decreasing food waste.
  • For healthy and productive growth of nutritious food, plants also require essential nutrients in the soil. Fertilizers serve as a supplement to the natural supply of soil nutrients, build up soil fertility to help satisfy the demands of crop production, and compensate for the nutrients taken by harvested crops.

ARA's Position

  • Protect farmers’ essential tools (seed, pesticide, fertilizer, precision ag technology).
  • Government decisions need to be based on sound science and risk-based, peer reviewed data.
  • Support policies that minimize food waste and loss.
  • Maintain farm safety-net programs, including crop insurance and disaster assistance.
  • Invest in research and development to enhance crop yields and improve plant health.

Questions? Send questions to the ARA policy team of experts via the DC Help Desk.