As IRAC has become a larger and more complex structure with many more active teams, the need for a group dedicated to maintaining its organisational and operational excellence was considered essential. Thus, the Steering Group has a responsibility to the Executive to ensure that the IRAC structure, constitution, organisation and financing serves the needs of the Committee and that IRAC can meet its responsibilities, commitments and wider strategic objectives.
The team works to facilitate and encourage interactions within IRAC International as well as with CropLife International and other external organisations. The team also has a responsibility to propose new strategic initiatives and to monitor funding. Members of the team include the Elected Officers (Chairman, Vice Chairmen and Treasurer), Core Team representatives and the IRAC Coordinator, together with as many company members as wish to be involved.
- Update and maintain the IRAC administrative documentation and propose strategies for the effective management of IRAC
- In conjunction with CropLife, manage the IRAC finances and budget process
- Maintain, develop and manage the IRAC Network and other stakeholder relations
- Maintain oversight of the goals, objectives and activities of the Working Groups/ Country Groups to ensure effective and efficient coordination of local and global IRM
The application of an insecticide to the soil, either as a seed treatment or as a direct application, is designed to either control soil borne insect pests or provide systemic control of pests above the ground. The general principles of resistance management apply to seed and soil treatments, as with foliar applied insecticides, however there are some additional factors that should be considered as outlined the the latest statement from IRAC titled: IRAC International statement on the resistance management considerations of utilizing soil & seed applied insecticides
IRAC held their 49th International Spring Meeting at the Hamner Conference Center, Research Triangle Park, NC hosted by BASF and Bayer CropScience on 17-20 March 2014. There were 9 sessions held over the 4 days including various working group planning meetings, a meeting of the IRAC Executive, and an “International Day” with four invited guest speakers. Presentations from the ‘International Day’ can be found on the IRAC website Resources Page by filtering for Spring Meeting 2014. In addition to the normal topics it was also a celebration of the 30th anniversary since the formation of IRAC in 1984.