FieldWatch is a non-profit companywhose mission is to develop and providefree mapping toolsintended to enhance communications that promote awareness andenvironmental stewardship activities between crop producers, beekeepers, seed companies and pesticide applicators. Originally designed by Purdue University Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department with input and support from Purdue University Cooperative Extension, FieldWatchquickly evolved into a national collaborative.
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Balanced Stakeholder Representation
A major priority of FieldWatch is maintaining balanced stakeholder representation on the board of directors. We also seek to develop a stewardship tool that is acceptable and brings value to all stakeholders. To ensure this balance, the FieldWatch board consists of four groups: Producers (growers and beekeepers), Applicators, Manufacturers and At-Large. Purdue University also maintains a permanent ex-officio position on the board of directors.
Bernie Engel is the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture for the Purdue College of Agriculture and was the ‘father’ of DriftWatch alongside Steve Smith of Red Gold Tomatoes. Bernie gives a great history of FieldWatch and the registries that lead to FieldWatch as a non-profit after the development of DriftWatch by he and the Purdue College of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Dean Engel continues to this day as a FieldWatch Board member as well.