As part of the company's strong commitment to working with aerial applicators to help America's farmers produce higher yields, BASF has announced that recognized industry and BASF expert Dr. Gary Fellows is joining the Professional Aerial Applicator Support System (PAASS) Program Development Committee. Supported by the National Agricultural Aviation Research and Education Foundation (NAAREF), the goal of this program is to reduce the number of aviation accidents and drift incidents associated with the aerial application of fertilizers and crop protection products.

"Gary Fellows brings technical expertise and years of experience in the agricultural industry which will be very valuable to this committee," said Andrew Moore, National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) and NAAREF executive director. "We're pleased BASF is involved with us in this program to support aerial applicators and we welcome Dr. Fellows to the PAASS program development committee."

PAASS works to develop educational programs that will enhance the commercial aerial applicator profession by improving the understanding of human factors, enhancing critical aeronautical decision-making skills and inducing positive behavioral change.

"At a time when aerial application is being recognized as an increasingly important tool in rapid pest identification and treatment, I'm pleased to represent BASF on this committee," said Dr. Fellows. "This important program is committed to enhancing the aerial applicator profession by encouraging education and stewardship and I'm excited to be a part of that."

The NAAA plays a critical part in crop production in the United States because aerial application of crop protection products is essential to increasing the output of American agriculture and helping farmers produce safe, high-quality and abundant crops.