In a move designed to protect ag equipment manufacturers from the cost of complying with multiple sets of burdensome regulations, AEM has joined an industry coalition that will develop relationships and activities related to Plant Protective Products (PPP), including application technologies, placement and control and strategic international standards.

A five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by AEM, CropLife America (CLA) and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) recognize that demand for high quality food throughout the world calls for efficient, effective and sustainable use of PPP.

At the same time, all three groups understand and strive for the use of PPP in a manner that is safe for workers, the public and the environment.

As a result, AEM, CLA and ASABE have agreed to cooperatively work towards development of a harmonized vision for the promotion of best practices in agricultural chemical application and related equipment use.

They also agreed to collaborate on the establishment of a common vision on international standards that will facilitate trade, operator and public safety, and sales of PPP and related application equipment.

A number of national and international standards currently affect the design and use of crop protection technology and application.

Input from experts in the crop protection and equipment manufacturing industries is vital to ensure that best practices for North American agriculture are considered as new standards are developed.

Future cooperative projects of the new coalition include promotion of conferences as well as national and international meetings, research projects and performance testing and evaluation activities.