South Africa is days away from running out of water. Climate change is forcing growers to change the crops they plant. Regulatory agencies continue to institute policies that make it more difficult for crop protection companies. Governments develop policies that limit the import and export of materials.
These are challenging times for the crop protection industry. But then again, challenging times are nothing new for the industry.
The one constant is the manufacturers and distributors comprising the crop protection industry have been able to adapt to the challenges. And there is no doubt that they will develop the solutions and services that guide the industry through these latest issues. What continues to be key is finding secure and reliable places to source materials.
China’s environmental regulations, India’s “Make in India” policy, the REACH regulation in the EU, and the completed (and ongoing) mega-mergers continue to place pressures on the number of and reliability of traditional sourcing resources. During a recent visit to Spain, companies we spoke with discussed how climate change has affected the rainfall across the country forcing growers to consider changing which crops they’re growing.
That’s why AgriBusiness Global’s™ annual Sourcing Network Directory — and its online version — continues to be so critical to the industry. Our listing of crop protection products offers manufacturers, distributors, trading companies, and registration consultants a centralized place to find the latest products available to the industry.
Just as the industry continues to innovate, you will see new ideas (and a couple of old ones) from us. Already we’ve expanded our industry leading Trade Summit to include some regional shows focused on the particular needs of that market. Last year we were in South Africa, Las Vegas, and Jakarta, Indonesia. This year, the Trade Summit will be in Phoenix, Arizona. At the front end of that show we are introducing our Biostimulant Business Seminar (more on that to come).
In the print edition you can look for in-depth market reports. This issue takes a look at the U.S. and Canada. The May/June issue takes a close look at Spain and Italy. We’ll talk to the companies in those markets to learn the challenges they’re facing and the opportunities. We’ll investigate the distribution system as well as the manufacturing climate and the attitudes toward precision agriculture.
We’ll do this, not while sitting in the office, but by visiting those countries and talking with the people who work and live there.
The topics we cover continue to reflect the changing industry.
Biocontrols and plant health products will continue to be a growing part of our coverage. In addition you will read more about precision agriculture and the equipment and technology vital to the industry.
In short, AgriBusiness Global — in print, online, and through our events — is a reflection of what’s going on in the industry. We’re evolving along with and in many cases serving as a forerunner for where the industry is headed.