The Minor Use Foundation will bring together regulators, growers, academics, and crop protection professionals in Madrid, Spain for the fourth Global Minor Use Summit (GMUS-4) on February 5 – 9, 2024.


Stay tuned for more information. We’ll add details on sessions, panels, and keynotes as they are confirmed.

Updated September 8, 2023

February 5: Evening Reception

6-8 pm: Networking and Group Discussions

Breakout Group Discussions:

-Definition of a minor use commodity

-Key pain points of the last 5 years

-Most promising/useful new technologies

Especialty Crazy Idea Contest

8-9 pm: Reception

February 6: Day 1 – A Look Back Over the Past Five Years

8-9 am: Registration

9-9:45 am: Opening

9:45-10:15 am: Panel – MUF: Path to GMUS-IV and what are our expected outcomes?

Minor Use Foundation Board

-Dirk C. Drost, PhD, Chairman / Managing Partner, D3 Consulting, LLC

-Daniel L. Kunkel, PhD, Treasurer / Product Development Director – NE Region, AMVAC Chemical Corporation

-Alan Norden, Secretary, Minor Use Foundation, Australia

-Michael P. Braverman, PhD, Biopesticide and Organic Support Program Manager and International Capacity Building, IR-4 Project

-Jason F. Sandahl, PhD, CEO, Ag Aligned Global, LLC

-Anna Gore, Director of Operations, Minor Use Foundation

-Jerry J. Baron, PhD, Emeritus Board Member / Executive Director, IR-4 Project

10:15-10:40 am: Keynote Speech – Misinformation/Disinformation

-Dr. Pablo Breuer, Chair, DISARM Foundation

10:40-11 am: Coffee Break

11 am-12:30 pm: Panel – Evolving Farmers: How Are Growers Adapting to New Challenges to the Trade and Consumer Demand of Specialty Crops

-James R. Cranney, Jr., President, California Citrus Quality Council

-Marisol Parra Morera, Director, Avance Pasifloras Colombia

12:00-1:15 pm: Lunch

1:15-2:30 pm: Panel – An Evolving Regulatory Landscape: International Perspectives 

-Eduardo Aylwin, Agronomist, Chilean Food Safety and Quality Agency

-Xavier Sarda, Head of Residues & Food Safety Unit, French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES)    

-Leticia Soria, Agronomic Engineer – Sustainable Agriculture, National Service for Plant and Seed Quality and Health (SENAVE), Paraguay

2:30-3:45 pm: Break Out Groups


-Regulatory: Crop grouping, import tolerances, mutual acceptance of data, CXL adoption

-Research and Innovation: Biopesticides, drone technology, smart equipment

-Communication: Defining the narrative

-Growers: Regional and international coordination

-International: JMPR enhancement, regional coordination

3:30-3:45 pm: Afternoon Coffee Break

3:45-5 pm: Readouts, Discussion, Next Steps, and Closing

February 7: Day 2 – A Look Forward – Priority Needs and Technology

(Dirk Drost, moderator)

9-10 am: MUF Prioritization and Project Selection

-Alan Norden, Minor Use Foundation Secretary

10-11 am: Small Group Discussion – Minor Use Foundation Prioritization Process and Feedback

11 am-12:00 pm: Incorporate Feedback to MUF Priorities/Workplan

12-1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30-3 pm: Panel – A Changing Landscape: Perspective from the Chemical Industry

-Carmen Tiu, Global Food Standards Leader, Corteva Agriscience

-Manojit Basu, PhD, Vice President, Science & Regulatory Policy, CropLife America

-Javier Fernández, Legal Advisor and Director of Regulatory Affairs, CropLife Latin America

3-3:15 pm: Afternoon Coffee Break

3:45-5 pm: Panel – The Transformational Role of Technology and Innovation

     -Greg Watson, Crop Protection Regulatory Policy Manager, Bayer Crop Science, Drone Applications for Specialty Crops

    -Adriana Castañeda, PhD, Consultant, Minor Use Foundation, Mitigating Pesticide Residues in Latin America Using Biopesticides

February 8: DAY 3 – Action Plan

9-10 am: Regionally Harmonized Approaches to Addressing the Needs of Specialty Crop Growers

-Eric Bolaños, Specialist in Agricultural Health and Food Safety, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)

10-11 am: Panel – National Minor Use Programs: Examples, Benefits and Evolution (past five years)

-Regionally Harmonized Advances in Central America, Veronica Picado, Manager, Technical Operations, Minor Use Foundation

11-11:20 am: Coffee Break

11:20-11:45 am: Keynote Speech – The Importance of Science to Inform Agricultural Policy

-Ted McKinney, CEO, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, United States

11:45 am-1 pm: Group Discussion – What solutions have we identified and what are the next steps?

1-2:30 pm: Lunch

2:30-4 pm: Concluding Session

February 9: Field Tour

Day trip to visit local Spanish producers and learn about cultivation techniques

Subject to Change

Thank You Sponsors

Diamond Sponsors

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Diamond Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

Syngenta Platinum Sponsor
IR-4 Project Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Corteva Agriscience Gold Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

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