MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 6, 2005 – Ducks Unlimited depends on partners to help reach its goals of habitat conservation. CropLife America is one of those unique partners that has proved how valuable these alliances can be. CropLife America’s member companies recently donated more than $350,000 in herbicide and fungicide products to help restore and manage waterfowl habitat across the country, prompting Ducks Unlimited to present them with the Golden and Silver Teal Awards in
|CropLife America President & CEO Jay Vroom and Ducks Unlimited Chairman John Tomke celebrate new conservation partnership. Photo Credit: Allan Noe, CropLife America|
recognition of their contributions.
Ducks Unlimited presented its Golden Teal Award to Dow Agrosciences, LLC (Indianapolis, Ind.), Monsanto Company (St. Louis, Mo.) and DuPont (Wilmington, Del.), who each donated $100,000 in herbicides. SePRO Corporation (Carmel, Ind.) received the Golden Teal Award for its $5,000 contribution of herbicide. Ducks Unlimited also presented Syngenta (Greensboro, N.C.) with the Silver Teal award for its fungicide and herbicide contributions of $49,000.
"We are very pleased that a number of our member companies are contributing to our novel conservation initiative with Ducks Unlimited," said Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CropLife America. "The exciting projects undertaken thus far demonstrate the positive role that plant science technology is playing in controlling invasive weeds and revitalizing wildlife habitat. This is a 'win-win' for everyone involved, especially the waterfowl," he added.
CropLife America and Ducks Unlimited, Inc., are partnering in a novel Wildlife Conservation-Technology Initiative. The goal of this five-year initiative is to expand the use of plant science technology in the restoration and management of habitat for the benefit of North American waterfowl and other wildlife. By contributing herbicides, fungicides and technical assistance, the member companies of CropLife America are working with Ducks Unlimited to manage invasive weeds and enhance natural habitat in key waterfowl landscapes across the U. S.
Dr. Jasper Lament, Ducks Unlimited manager of conservation programs, recognizes the importance of partners to Ducks Unlimited’s goals of conservation. “This partnership with CropLife America and these companies has allowed Ducks Unlimited and our partners to restore and manage thousands of acres of critical waterfowl habitat,” said Lament. “We appreciate the support of these companies and look forward to working with them over the next five years.”
Established in 1933, CropLife America represents the developers, manufacturers, formulators and distributors of plant science solutions for agriculture and pest management in the United States. CropLife America member companies produce, sell and distribute virtually all the crop protection and biotechnology products used by American farmers. CropLife America's mission is to foster the interests of the general public and CropLife America member companies by promoting innovation and the environmentally sound manufacture, distribution and use of crop protection and production technologies for safe, high quality, affordable, abundant food, fiber and other crops.
Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people. With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands - nature’s most productive ecosystem - and continues to lose more than 100,000 wetland acres each year.