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Syngenta Head of Regulatory and Stewardship receives award

John Abbott recognized at CropLife America annual meeting

(Left to right) CropLife Board Chairman & President and CEO of Valent North America Andy Lee stands with award winner John Abbott with CropLife President and CEO Chris Novak.
Photo credit: CropLife America/Visual Muse Studio


GREENSBORO, N.C., September 20, 2023 ― Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC is proud to announce that John Abbott, head of regulatory and stewardship, received the Lea S. Hitchner Award at CropLife America 2023 Annual Meeting held in Nashville, Tennessee.

“John has been a leader in the pesticide industry for 36 years, serving in numerous corporate and volunteer roles and receiving many awards,” said Val Dolcini, head of Syngenta Business Sustainability and Government Affairs in North America. “This well-deserved award is reflective of his leadership and tremendous contribution to the industry.”

In his current role, John leads a team of more than 80 regulatory and stewardship professionals. His team is responsible for all new regulatory approvals in North America, maintaining current registrations, ensuring compliance with regulations, supporting the safe use of our products with stakeholders, and interacting with all areas of our business.

But John’s corporate work is only one part of his contributions to our industry. He has a rich and robust history of leading volunteer efforts that find new ways in which the agriculture industry, pesticide manufacturers, and regulatory agencies can work together more effectively.

“I work with John regularly and am consistently impressed by his ability to find positive outcomes for every stakeholder at the table. It’s a remarkable skill that has served him well in his long career, and I believe his contributions have greatly benefited CLA and the pesticide industry by keeping us all at the table, learning from each other, and, most importantly, listening to each other,” said Dolcini.

Named after the first CropLife America president, the Lea S. Hitchner Award honors one individual whose outstanding contributions to the industry and association activities epitomize the essence of Lea Hitchner.

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