Mid America CropLife Association

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The Mid America CropLife Association is "a non-profit association of manufacturers, distributors/formulators and allied industry of crop protection products in 13 Midwestern states."[1] It is a regional partner of CropLife America.

Letter to Michelle Obama

In 2009, after Michelle Obama announced her organic White House garden, Bonnie McCarvel, Executive Director, and Janet Braun, Program Coordinator, of the Mid America CropLife Association sent her a letter.[2] The letter, which expressed their disappointment that the First Lady's garden was organic, was subsequently posted online and received quite a bit of media attention. It said, in part:

"As you go about planning and planting the White House garden, we respectfully encourage you to recognize the role conventional agriculture plays in the U.S in feeding the ever-increasing population, contributing to the U.S. economy and providing a safe and economical food supply. America's farmers understand crop protection technologies are supported by sound scientific research and innovation."

Additionally, the leaked email contained the author's note that she forwarded to others, which said:

"Did you hear the news? The White House is planning to have an "organic" garden on the grounds to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for the Obama's and their guests. While a garden is a great idea, the thought of it being organic made Janet Braun, CropLife Ambassador Coordinator and I shudder. As a result, we sent a letter encouraging them to consider using crop protection products and to recognize the importance of agriculture to the entire U.S. economy."

Member Companies

Member companies include:[3]

Contact Information

  • Mid America CropLife Association (MACA)
  • 11327 Gravois Road, Suite 201
  • St. Louis, MO 63126
  • Ph: (800) 625-2767
  • Ph: (314) 849-9446
  • Fax (314)849-0988
  • Web: http://www.maca.org/

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Regional Partners: CropLife America, Accessed April 6, 2011.
  2. Jill Richardson, Organic White House Garden Puts Some Conventional Panties in a Twist, La Vida Locavore, March 28, 2009, Accessed April 6, 2011.
  3. Membership, Accessed April 6, 2011.

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