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Industry stewardship is an important part of modern farming as it fosters the responsible and sustainable use of pesticides, ensuring these important tools for farmers are used safely and efficiently.
Sustainably using crop protection products is an important part of improving on-farm productivity while ensuring ongoing community confidence in farming.
It is vital for the application of pesticides, whether from a ground boom sprayer, knapsack or the air, to be properly planned and carefully executed to minimise the risk of off-target chemical movement.
As an industry body, CropLife recognises that it is essential to provide the latest stewardship information and techniques to help farmers achieve positive outcomes for their family, farms, and businesses.
Australian farmers are excellent stewards of their land and have a proud tradition of embracing world-class farming practices. it is through the maintenance of these strong farming practices that industry stewardship can truly benefit the farming community.
StewardshipFirst is CropLife Australia’s suite of world-leading stewardship programs, which aims to assist all pesticide users in maintaining world’s best-practice use.
CropLife’s members adopt and promote the ethical and responsible practices of pesticide use through a ‘Whole of Life Cycle’ approach to stewardship which maximises the benefits of these valuable farming products while minimising any risk.
Australian farmers are excellent stewards of their land and have a proud tradition of embracing world-class farming practices
Matthew Cossey, CEO, Croplife Australia
The latest installment in the StewardshipFirst suite of programs is MyAgCHEMuse, a best practice reference guide that provides the most up-to-date advice and tools on managing spray drift. In other words, it’s a one-stop-source for farmers to assist in using crop protection products safely and effectively.
MyAgCHEMuse is made up of five key sections which brings together a vast range of industry information and tools on specific aspects of spray drift management. It can be accessed via desktop, tablet or smart phone and is completely free to download.
CropLife’s StewardshipFirst program also includes BeeConnected, a nation-wide, user-driven smart-phone app that enables collaboration between beekeepers, farmers and spray contractors to facilitate best-practice pollinator protection.