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About the Industry Task Force II on 2,4-D Research Data

Our Purpose:

The 2,4-D Research Task Force was formed to work with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Health Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) to provide for continued scientific research on 2,4-D.

Our Team:

We are a small, dedicated team that works to ensure scientific research on 2,4-D receives the funding that it needs. The Task Force member companies fund new research and provide scientifically valid data to the EPA and the PMRA as required by their extensive and ongoing pesticide re-registration and re-evaluation programs. This research is not conducted by the Task Force, but instead by world-leading laboratories under strict Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) guidelines. Meet some of the scientists who have conducted this research in a video expert interview series.

Meet the leadership team of the 2,4-D Research Task Force, Executive Director Jim Gray and Chair of the Technical Committee, Steve McMaster.

Our Members:

The 2,4-D Research Task Force is made up of those companies owning the technical registrations on the active ingredient in 2,4-D herbicides. They are Corteva Agriscience, Nufarm, Ltd. (Australia) and Agro-Gor Corp., a U.S. corporation jointly owned by Albaugh, LLC. (U.S.) and PBI-Gordon Corp. (U.S.). Technical advisors and scientific experts from these companies dedicate countless hours drawing on their years of laboratory and field experience.

Our Values:


Maintaining the highest ethical standards, we are accountable for our decisions and our actions under federal law in the U.S. and Canada. We ensure that regulatory compliance is the underpinning of everything the 2,4-D Research Task Force does: in the research that is undertaken through to our engagement with the user community and the public.

Connect with the past; look to the future

2,4-D has a 70 year history of providing benefits to farmers and homeowners. Throughout this time 2,4-D has been, and continues to be, extensively studied to ensure protection of human health and the environment.

Our commitment at the 2,4-D Research Task Force is to build on this extensive history and to promote research to ensure scientific discovery continues to advance and improvements continue to be developed.

Pride for work

2,4-D herbicides are used by farmers who take pride in the food they grow, public works operators who take pride in improving safety along highways, and homeowners who take pride in managing their home and landscape. We take pride in our work, meeting the EPA and PMRA requirements for continued research so that these important uses can continue.

Care for community

2,4-D plays an important role in communities: promoting safety, delivering benefits to the environment, and advocating for abundant and reasonably priced food. The 2,4-D Research Task Force is committed to these principles of community and environmental stewardship.

Leadership of the Task Force

Jim Gray
Executive Director

Jim Gray is the executive director of the Industry Task Force II on 2,4-D Research Data, a role he has held since November 2007.

He has more than two decades of professional and regulatory experience in the agriculture and biotechnology industries.

JIm worked extensively in corporate settings at Fortune 100 level companies prior to joining the Task Force and is a recognized and trusted resource for corporations, grower boards, state-level departments of agriculture and various state legislatures and regulatory bodies across the country.

His career experience spans the agricultural, food, feed and bio-energy industries, dealing with a variety of stewardship issues on topics ranging from traits, seed and chemical inputs, crop production, ethanol, biodiesel, feed and food processing and more.

He worked with Bayer CropScience as the state affairs manager, with the Western Crop Protection Association as the director of regulatory and environmental affairs, and as a production manager and sales representative with a variety of prominent agricultural and chemical companies.

Steve McMaster
Chairman, Technical Committee

Steve McMaster is the chairman of the Technical Committee for the Industry Task Force II on 2,4-D Research Data.

Steve has enjoyed a 34 year career in the crop protection industry through several positions with Dow AgroSciences including technical service, product development, state government affairs, sales management and regulatory roles.

He is experienced in managing and coordinating research to gain and maintain international, federal and state registrations of herbicide and fungicide crop protection products.

As chairman of the Technical Committee, Steve will continue to direct Task Force data development to maintain 2,4-D registrations with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Health Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency.

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