Association History:

A group of individuals engaged in manufacturing, sales, distibution, education and application of pesticides founded the Pesticide Association of North Carolina Inc. on June 9, 1972. North Carolina continues to be a leading agricultural state with approximately $77 billion in total annual sales of agricultural products. The founders of the Association realized the importance of communicating the value and safe use of crop protection chemicals to the agricultural industry of North Carolina. In 1995 the association changed its name to the Crop Protection Association of North Carolina, Inc. to better reflect its role of protecting this state’s agribusiness interest.


  • Promote and encourage through education, the safe uses of crop protection products by properly following labeled guidelines.
  • Promote better understanding, cooperation and a high standard of ethics among all persons with an interest in crop protection products.
  • Further the interest of agriculture and its image with the public.
  • Stimulate training and education of members to better serve the public.
  • Cooperate with and advise the North Carolina Pesticide Board, Pesticide Advisory Committee, other appropriate governmental agencies and organizations on the proper use of crop protection products.
  • Advise, assist and cooperate with legislative, regulatory bodies and administrative agencies in procuring progressive legislation and regulations governing crop protection products.
  • Exercise any and all powers conferred by law on like associations.
  • Work cooperatively with commodity and trade associations to represent our industry’s viewpoint on the use of crop protection products.


  • Supported the establishment of the Environmental Trust Fund.
  • Support of the Agromedicine Program conducted by North Carolina State University (NCSU), East Carolina State University, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture (NCDA), and North Carolina A&T University.
  • Support of NCDA & CS pesticide management program.
  • Led in initial funding and continue to support container recycling programs in NC.
  • Funded research on pesticide use and worker exposure in NC via the Environmental Trust Fund.
  • Provided technical training for the pesticide industry in Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
  • Developed a comprehensive program to educate legislators on crop protection products.
  • Provided partial support for professional advocates of our industry.
  • Provided recognition of individuals and businesses that are crop protection business leaders in many areas like facility upgrades, technical training and safety.
  • Was instrumental in successfully defeating or developing acceptable modification to 2001-2002 legislative proposals including the bioterrorism and the record keeping bills.
  • Annually work with other state and federal organizations to mitigate unnecessary regulations being imposed on our highly regulated industry.

cpanc logoMission Statement:

To keep citizens of North Carolina and professionals working in the field of crop protection informed and current concerning crop protection standards, initiatives and product quality.

Notable Activities:

  • Directors regularly attend the NC Pesticide Board and Pesticides Advisory Committee Meetings to provide guidance on issues affecting the use of crop protection products in North Carolina.
  • The Association also provides representatives to the CropLife America, and Southern Crop Production Association (SCPA) meetings to provide input and feedback on legislation affecting the crop protection industry.
  • Sponsorship of a graduate student oral presentation contest periodically.
  • The Association exhibits at the Southern Farm Show, Mid-Atlantic Farm Show, and others.
  • A newsletter is published updating the members on current topics impacting the crop protection industry and agriculture. Also, a directory of members is published annually.
  • The Association is active in promoting issues directly related to proper handling of crop protection products, such as the pesticide container recycling programs within the state.
  • The Association follows proposed crop protection product regulations and represents the industry’s point of view in cooperation with the Agricultural Alliance of North Carolina, North Carolina Farm Bureau, and the North Carolina Agribusiness Council, and many commodity groups. An active email address book has been established to alert the membership on pertinent legislative issues.