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Environmental Respect: Flag Ceremony

Amy SmithCrab LunchERA Flag Display

Day 3 of the Environmental Respect Awards began with a visit to Chesapeake Farms, Corteva’s 3,300-acre agricultural and wildlife management research, demonstration, and education area located on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay near Chestertown, MD.

There the winners of the ERA program were provided an opportunity to hear about some of the company’s products before being treated to a lunch.

Coreteva’s Amy Smith discussed seed treatments including Lumisena, a fungicide seed treatment designed to deal with Phytophthora in soybeans, and Lumivia, which handles insect pests in corn seedlings.

Several other Corteva product stewardship managers discussed herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. Helen Flanigan covered specialty fungicides including Quelex, Resicore, and Elevore. Damon Palmer also spoke about the Enlist brand, which uses the Colex*D Technology, and FeXapan herbicide that incorporates the company’s VaporGrip technology. Louise Brinkworth discussed specialty fungicides, and Ray Forney, who also oversees the ERA program for Corteva, highlighted several of the insecticides.

Following the overview of the Corteva portfolio, the ERA honorees were treated to a crab lunch by the Bay. During lunch, honorees representing countries that had never had previously been represented placed a small flag in a specially made trophy. This year’s new countries were England, Kazakhstan, and Kenya.

Following the flag ceremony, Wendolyn Jones, who oversees Corteva’s efforts to deal with counterfeit products, gave a brief talk about efforts to help limit counterfeit and illegal products, which in some countries amount to as much as 30%. Corteva says about 10% of products sold around the world are illegal or counterfeit. Those products certainly cut into the company’s bottom line, but it’s the farmer, the environment, and the consumer who are truly hurt, Jones says.

The problem isn’t only with pesticides; those who sell seeds also must deal with illegal and counterfeit problems, which in some areas can be as high as 50%, Jones says.

The fastest growing trend with illegal and counterfeit products is in the organic arena. Criminals, and that’s what they are, Jones says, take legitimate products and spike it with non-organic products.

To fight this, Corteva takes a two-fold anti-counterfeit approach — proactive and reactive. The reactive approach is to partner with police, pursue legal action, and financial compensation where possible. The proactive element includes sharing information with local marketplace, teaching growers how to identify products.