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Biological Products Industry Alliance (BPIA) Annual Meeting and Symposium

When? 11/03/2019 - 15/03/2019
Where? Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront Hotel, Portland, OR, USA
Website? https://www.bpia.org/events/

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Advancing sustainability through biological solutions

The Biological Products Industry Alliance (BPIA) will hold its 2019 Annual Meeting and Symposium in Portland, Oregon, on 11th–15th March 2019.
 
The global biological crop protection market, which began at a rather modest size in the 1990s, has grown to become a multibillion dollar business that is growing at a much faster rate than the conventional crop protection industry.
 
The inherent safety of biological agents means that they have lower regulatory hurdles to cross, and this means lower regulatory costs. Their low toxicity means that worker safety is enhanced, often offering greater flexibility in the field. Additionally, when used alongside conventional products, the risk of pests developing resistance may be minimized, and synthetic residues on crops can be reduced. As a result of these benefits, biological products are being used to manage plant pests and diseases across a range of settings, from row crops, fruits and vegetables, greenhouses, nurseries and turf.
 
The Biological Products Industry Alliance’s (BPIA’s) mission is to advance sustainability through biological solutions. The Alliance includes several committees that bring together the resources and the focus necessary to achieve the organization’s many objectives. The BPIA routinely engages with key regulators at USEPA, USDA, Canada’s PMRA, and the states including the California DPR; individual members officially represent BPIA on the PRIA Coalition and EPA’s Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC); other members cover key stakeholder meetings and often provide comments on behalf of the industry.
 
Interactions with the regulators are utilized to raise and resolve issues, comment constructively on emerging policies and regulations, and learn how registrants can improve their submissions. The BPIA disseminates its findings to the membership via website postings, email updates, and reports at membership meetings.
 
The BPIA will hold its 2019 Annual Meeting and Symposium this March in Portland, Oregon, immediately followed by the Biocontrols USA West 2019 Conference & Expo, which is organized to educate growers about biological products including biopesticides and biostimulants.
 
More information about the event can be found at www.bpia.org/events.