CropLife America: New Government Relations Specialist Brings Unique Perspective to International Issues Facing the Pesticide Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, CropLife America is excited to welcome Molly O’Connor to the association’s government relations team. Molly will join the organization as director, federal government relations, bringing with her a new perspective and expertise in the areas of global policy and trade.

“Agricultural trade policy has become a critical issue for our member companies. From tariffs to regulatory provisions to new trade agreements—our business, and the business of our farm customers, is dependent upon open and fair trade. Molly’s passion for agricultural advocacy brings a unique perspective to our growing organization” Chris Novak, president and CEO of CLA said. “Her knowledge and expertise of international trade policy, coupled with key relationships in government and with our allies, will help CLA better represent our members’ global needs.”

Prior to joining CLA, Molly served as a senior policy advisor at Olsson Frank Weeda Law (OFW Law). In this role, Molly covered international trade issues for a variety of agriculture policy clients, including serving as the international trade staff for the National Association of Wheat Growers and assisting international clients with tariff and free trade agreement issues. Molly also served on the OFW Law PAC Board, growing the PAC through extensive fundraising and strategic planning to select campaigns, and helping clients develop their internal strategies. Molly earned a Bachelor of Science in agricultural business from Colorado State University.

“We’re thrilled to have Molly join the CLA team,” Beau Greenwood, executive vice president, government relations and public affairs stated. “Her extensive leadership skills as well as her background with international agricultural trade policy, trade associations, and PAC management brings just what CLA needs to continue our mission of meeting the needs of our members and the agriculture industry.”

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’s member companies produce, sell and distribute virtually all of the necessary and vital crop protection and biotechnology products used by American farmers. CLA can be found on Twitter at @CropLifeAmerica.

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Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.