During the BPIA 2016 Fall Meeting in Arlington, VA, keynote speaker, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene spoke to BPIA members about several issues important to the biological industry including the status of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) and the future of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). After her remarks, Congresswoman DelBene answered questions from BPIA members and thanked them for the important work that they do.

Congresswoman DelBene is a strong voice on the House Agriculture Committee for Washington’s farmers and growers. She was the only Member of Congress from Washington state on the bipartisan Farm Bill conference committee, which successfully negotiated a 5-year Farm Bill that was good for farmers and ranchers, preserved nutrition benefits for working families and children. Congresswoman DelBene represents Washington’s 1st Congressional District, which spans from northeast King County to the Canadian border, and includes parts of King, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties.

BPIA’s 2016 Fall Meeting was the association’s biggest meeting to date with over 200 attendees from across the United States and around the world.