BioSafe Systems adds to California Sales Team

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems is pleased to announce the hire of Taylor Vadon as Technical Sales Representative for their Agricultural sales division. Based out of Healdsburg CA, Taylor will be working to build new sales opportunities and support the company through representation at events within the wine grape industry.

Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in Crop Science from Chico State University and is currently enrolled in a master’s program in Viticulture and Enology from Charles Sturt University. Prior to joining BioSafe Systems, Taylor worked for Clendenen Vineyard Management as manager of new vineyard development and as Viticulturist. Taylor has worked with all aspects of citrus, crops for seed production, and stone fruit crops making him an ideal addition to the agricultural team.

For more information contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit www.biosafesystems.com

BioSafe Systems adds to California Sales Team

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems is pleased to announce the hire of Mathew Smith as Technical Sales Representative for their Agricultural sales division. Based out of Fillmore CA, Mathew will be working to build new sales opportunities, maintain relationships with distributors, and support the company through representation at events within his territory.

Mathew earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University in Fresno, majoring in Plant Science with an emphasis in Plant Health. He also is a licensed Pest Control Advisor in California and a certified Agronomist. Prior to joining BioSafe Systems, Mathew worked for Wonderful Citrus as a grower relations representative in the citrus and avocado industries.

For more information contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit www.biosafesystems.com

Innovation: The Cultivation of Biosecurity

By: Patrick Clark, Northeast Technical Sales Representative at BioSafe Systems

For over two hundred years, many scholars, such as Thomas Malthus, have predicted that human populations would inevitably outgrow the planet’s capacity to produce life-sustaining sustenance (The Malthusian Theory of Population). Malthus theorized that with the exponential growth of the human population compounded by the limitations in linear production of food, mass famine was unavoidable. While this concern has been paramount in philosophical and practical discussion, human invention has stifled the predicted global scarcity. The ‘Green Revolution’ that brought forth high-yielding varieties of crops, synthetic fertilizers, agrichemicals, irrigation adaptations and mechanization became the answer to food insecurity. Large expanses of monocultured cropland and synthetic fertilizer/pesticide-dependent agriculture practices, coupled with constraining producer profit margins, have emerged as a serious impediment to the successful and sustainable production of food. As pests develop resistance to many chemistries, the market demands more environmental stewardship and the rising tide of food safety concerns within the food production industries, the challenge producers face today is how to best operate in a profitable manner that aligns with ecologically sustainable practices and human health security.

As human innovation staved off, through the Green Revolution, the famine predictions of yesteryear, today, the same innovative approaches will allow producers to meet the need for environmental stewardship, profitability, resistance management and food safety concerns. Many companies are striving to meet these needs by developing new products with minimal impact on the environment that provide important efficacious performance, while minimizing the development of resistant pests. Moreover, some companies are gearing towards the advent of specific products and equipment to safely guard the post-harvest food supply from human health pathogens and spoilage organisms without residue, thus aligning with consumer safety and environmental sustainability. A company that is motivated and successfully implemented products and equipment to help meet these needs is BioSafe Systems. This American based company has become a pioneer over the last twenty years and is the premier manufacturer and provider of environmentally responsible and reliable solutions. With the company slogan, “Simply Sustainable. Always Effective.’ together with their aspirational top ten principles: honesty, compliance, family centric, customer-centric, creation of value, embracing change, respect, passion for working hard, promoting profitable business, and striving to be effective, it is no surprise that BioSafe Systems has become a consistent and dependable brand in the market.

BioSafe Systems offers a full suite of products and many equipment solutions for agriculture, irrigation, food safety, shelf life, aquatics, municipals, golf courses, greenhouses, nurseries, lawn care, arborists, meat, poultry, seafood, home and garden, childcare, and schools, that are specifically designed to meet the individual needs of those markets in the most environmentally sustainable and efficacious manner possible. The keystone to bridging the needs of the market and social responsibility are found in principled innovation driven by quality service. Biosecurity is the ingredient that binds us together, and innovation is the key to our success. At BioSafe Systems, innovation is paramount, and biosecurity is our business. We only succeed, when our customers are successful. If you want to learn how BioSafe Systems can aid your operation in improving performance, sustainability, and profitability, please contact us.

BioSafe Systems hires Marketing Director

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems is pleased to announce the hire of Alan Whitney as their new Marketing Director. Based out of the Connecticut headquarters, Alan will be overseeing the in-house Marketing and Creative departments.

Alan comes to us with a well-versed background in the agricultural and horticultural industries, having previously held several management positions with companies involved in manufacturing, wholesale and retail distribution. Most recently he was the Marketing Director for Rocky’s Ace Hardware based out of Springfield, MA.

Prior to his marketing career, Alan spent six years as a Special Operations Officer in the U.S. Navy. When not working or serving as an elected member of the board of selectman for his town, Alan spends his time with his wife and three sons.

For more information contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit www.biosafesystems.com

BioSafe Systems adds to their Meat, Poultry, and Seafood team

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems is pleased to announce the hire of Justin Anderson as Technical Sales Representative for their Meat, Poultry, and Seafood (MPS) sales team. Based out of Alabama, Justin will be working to build new sales opportunities within the poultry and egg industry across the Southeast region of the United States and support the company through representation at industry events.

Justin earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and initially desired to become a teacher, but his history and knowledge of the poultry industry called him back. Prior to joining BioSafe Systems he was employed with Wayne Farms, holding several different roles which gives him invaluable work experience.

For more information contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit www.biosafesystems.com

BioSafe Systems adds to Sales Team

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems is pleased to announce the hire of David Finethy as Technical Sales Representative for their Lake, Pond, and Municipal (LPM) sales team. David will be based at the company’s headquarters in Connecticut where he will be focusing on building a clientele of municipal and wastewater sites within New England and surrounding states.

David earned a bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation from Clemson University, and since that time has been working as a golf professional all along the East Coast. His sales experience and understanding the importance of using safe and effective chemistries gives him a great foundation to begin his career with BioSafe Systems.

For more information contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit www.biosafesystems.com

Technical Sales Representative (Turf and Ornamental)

BioSafe Systems is a family-owned manufacturer of biodegradable disease-control products with a mission to provide disease control solutions utilizing reduced-risk chemistries that do not negatively impact the health and safety of people and the environment.  The company is headquartered in Connecticut but provides products and services in North and South America.  BioSafe Systems divides its business into several market segments: Agriculture, Horticulture, Post-Harvest/Food Safety, Aquatics, Home & Garden, Turf, and Commercial/Industrial Sanitation.

What we’re looking for:
BioSafe Systems is seeking an experienced Technical Sales Representative for their Turf and Ornamental product line to work from home.  You will be working with dealers, distributors, and growers throughout North America to educate, market, and sell the BioSafe Systems Turf and Ornamental products to the Horticulture Industry.  The Technical Sales Representative will attend trade shows and travel throughout Great Lakes Region and Eastern Canada with a high focus on areas of Horticulture production to maintain and develop strategic business relationships.  If you are highly motivated, have the drive to expand an existing business network, and a passion for offering sustainable solutions to protect people and the environment, this role is for you.

What we have to offer:
At BioSafe Systems, we offer a competitive salary coupled with a generous commission plan and benefit package that includes: Paid time off, Health Insurance, Short and Long-Term Disability, 401(K) plan with company match, car allowance and service plan, as well as a company provided laptop, cell phone, company credit card, and much more.

What you would be doing:

  • Working with management in the development and implementation of sales strategy
  • Support existing distribution network in the management, sales, and technical support of the BioSafe Systems product line
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with distribution partners and expanding sales opportunities within these networks
  • Providing technical support to end-user (growers/production managers/etc.) and ensure proper use and application of products
  • Drive communication (internal and external) within organization and through distribution partners in seamless fashion to deliver agreed upon strategies.
  • Weekly reporting on sales goals, sales development strategies, and market conditions through company CRM program
  • Identify competitive regional landscape and create differentiated market approaches

Highly qualified candidates will have:

  • Bachelor s degree in Horticulture, Plant Production, or related field
  • Experience in the horticulture industry with sales and/or production exposure, proven track record in strategic decision making, knowledge of regional business as well as chemical distribution networks
  • Understanding of plant pathology concepts, chemistry, or field scouting experience
  • Ability to travel 50-75% of the time in the United States and Canada
  • Located in Southern Michigan to Northern Ohio is ideal.

We are looking for a highly motivated Technical Sales professional to facilitate the continued growth of our business throughout the Great Lakes region and Eastern Canada.

BioSafe Systems featured on Fox 61’s “Coffee Cup Salute”

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems was recently featured on Fox 61’s “Coffee Cup Salute” television segment, which helps raise awareness of businesses across Connecticut. Members of Fox 61 will hold a mug and briefly describe the company. The mug features BioSafe Systems’ logo and slogan “Simply Sustainably. Always Effective.”

BioSafe Systems is a small business that was founded in 1998 by Rob Larose, President & CEO. Through hard work and seeking change, Larose has been in business for over 20 years, keeping sustainability at the forefront and taking care of the environment one step at a time. Thank you, Fox 61, for supporting BioSafe Systems!

Clean Up Your Act: Sanitation in Hydroponic Growing, an article in the February edition of insideGrower

Hydroponic growing has become a standard production method over the last 80 years. Its rise in popularity doubles and triples annually. The major crops grown hydroponically in the U.S. are tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, cucumber, herbs, strawberries and ornamentals. Hydroponics gives you an extended season and a boost in yields, leading to an increase in profitability. Since both the water and nutrients are recycled, this is an ecologically responsible way to produce food. Among the many benefits lurk potential pitfalls. There can be a large capital expense associated with the initial set-up. The hydroponic grower needs to be nutrient savvy and have a technical understanding of the system. These challenges are further compounded by the increase in disease pressure and algae through the recirculating water. Prevention and sanitation are the best defense a hydroponic grower has against potential production snags.

SANITIZING A HYDROPONIC SYSTEM VS. A CONVENTIONAL GREENHOUSE
Since hydroponics uses water as the medium, the potential for contamination from water-borne pathogens increases. On the upside, foliar disease usually decreases. It’s difficult to prevent and decontaminate a hydroponic system. The most common pathogens are Pythium and Fusarium. These notoriously persistent diseases readily travel through water. They produce an abundance of zoospores, as well as chlamydospores or oospores allowing for long-term survival. Many times, these reproductive structures will colonize dead plant debris, which protects them from attempts to treat the water. The level of prevention and sanitation in a hydroponic greenhouse needs to balance the increase in disease pressure.

Algae is a nuisance in hydroponic growing that plagues the system throughout production. They thrive in the oxygenated, fertilized water. Not only is it unsightly and messy, but it harbors pests and depletes the dissolved oxygen levels in the water. This uninterrupted flow of liquid nutrient feeds algae and can create an impenetrable layer on greenhouse surfaces such as walkways, plastic, end walls, benches and on the inside of irrigation/mist lines. These conditions can be hazardous for workers and influence crop quality and yield. Algae grows in layers, so it’s important to be diligent when cleaning. Sometimes physically scrubbing is best to ensure that products are penetrating each layer of algae. A good way to decrease algae build-up and spread is to maintain your sanitation practices throughout the growing cycle, not just at the end of each crop cycle. Standardize practices, such as spraying racks, empty benches, walkways, and sanitizing pots and trays to maintain a clean environment during the production cycle. Be sure to check labels and make sure the products can be used while a crop is in production and doesn’t have to be rinsed.

In a hydroponic system, all contact surfaces and equipment that encounter flood water or plant material must be washed first and then disinfected. Washing with detergent THEN rinsing with water will emulsify organic matter and rinse it away. Plain water can’t do that. The photo of a steamed plug tray gives us a visual of what can be left behind when only rinsing is used. The tray in this photo was rinsed and then steamed, but much of the organic matter still remains on the surface. This resulted in an infection in the next crop. Incorporating the washing step will eliminate what water cannot. This is true of all surfaces, including water tanks, floors, benches and the irrigation system. Dead plant tissue harbors pathogens and decreases the efficacy of sanitizing agents, whether they’re added to the irrigation water or used in between crop cycles.

KEEPING BIOFILM AT BAY
An important objective with cleaning and sanitizing is to keep biofilm from creating an irreversible layer on surfaces. This is a gluey mass of bacteria, algae and other free-floating microorganisms that form into a colony. The mass is protected with large molecules that are like the polysaccharide layer found in algae. Part of its survival strategy is creating a protective barrier using this slimy matrix. It’s tenacious and difficult to completely eradicate. We’ve heard of biofilm causing trouble in irrigation lines, but when surfaces aren’t thoroughly cleaned, bacteria will continue to build up. Biofilm adheres to materials, such as stainless steel, plastic, copper, rubber and lead.

Disinfection seals the pathogen’s fate by physically destroying it. There are many sanitation products available. These include activated peroxides (products with peracetic acid/hydrogen peroxide combination such as Sanidate 5.0), bleach, chlorine dioxide, quaternary ammonium, and ozone and heat/UV. Most of these treatments are oxidizers, which increases the need to eliminate as much organic matter as possible. Some are more powerful than others because of their stability in the environment. Activated peroxides are stable, high-level disinfectants. They’re more resistant to environmental factors, making them less prone to quick degradation.

It’s worth doing your homework on sanitizers prior to making a choice. Important considerations are the stability/power of the product, PPE requirements, REI restrictions and whether a rinse is needed after the application. Irrigation lines, whether underground, soil level or overhead have a literal hidden dark side … in the line itself. Water and nutrient make a very conducive atmosphere for many organisms. They’re fed, sheltered and protected, which allows them to take root, grow and reproduce. This is biofilm and it moves when pieces break off and travel with the flow of water.

Some common problems that can be associated with irrigation line cleanliness are water-borne pathogens such as Pythium and Fusarium. They can easily become attached and thrive in biofilm. Pieces will eventually get swept up, move down stream and are then deposited everywhere water splashes. Clogged emitters are indicative of a severe problem. In order to eliminate this, the irrigation lines should be as much a part of the clean-up as the greenhouse surfaces themselves.

If you regularly shock and flush your irrigation lines, consider maintaining them by treating your irrigation water throughout the season. This is a very effective way to keep free-floating micro-organisms from attaching and growing. There are several options for treating irrigation water on a continuous basis. Take time when making your choice to consider your facility, budget and what your goal is.

Sarah Brackman is Technical Sales for BioSafe Systems, LLC. She can be reached at sbrackman@biosafesystems.com.

Learn more about SaniDate 5.0

 

Animal Activists

By: Rob Larose, CEO & President of BioSafe Systems

I turned 60 years old in 2018 and for my entire adult life, I have been a meat eater. I have never given the slightest thought as to being anything other than a carnivore.

My father, from the time I was born, was trained as a microbiologist and worked in the poultry industry. I worked mostly in the environmental construction field but had a variety of jobs throughout the years. I fixed, repaired and constructed water and waste water plants and systems. I have also worked in the environmental remediation industry, cleaning up hazardous waste in both industrial and government sectors.

When I turned 40, I started a company with my father developing, manufacturing and marketing green, sustainable alternatives to toxic pesticides used in a variety of industries like agriculture, commercial horticulture and in-water treatment applications. Five years ago, our company decided to enter the meat and poultry market, providing sustainable solutions for both poultry processors as well as on-the-farm applications. Even then, I was still a happy carnivore.

Recently, I became aware of an extreme group of animal rights activists that were attacking our customers; right here in North America. Most animal rights activists work on creating better living conditions for farm raised animals, but some have become animal rights terrorists, misinformed about the marketplace and conducting criminal acts against farmers and processors.

There are bad apples in any industry and for sure, there have been some well documented acts of animal cruelty, not just part of the animal farming industry, but in general society. I assume there are many more cases of animal cruelty documented in general society than the animal farming community.

In my experience working in the animal farming community, 99 percent of farmers and their employees take exceedingly good care of their farm-raised animals. The reason is simple: when farms exist, without the animals in good health, they cannot be harvested for the optimal dollar amount. A sick or hurt dairy cow will not produce milk and a stressed angus cow and/or pig will not put on weight that produces the highest possible return on the farmers’ investment.

Some activists wish to stop animal farming all together and have not just somebut all of society become vegetariansWhat would happen if overnight, all commercial animal farming was outlawed?

If the world depended on a vegetarian diet, the animals they are trying to save would starve. These animals have evolved over thousands of years by domestication and if production shut down, there would be no farmers to feed them. These farmers would have to raise high producing protein crops of beans to replace the cattle, pigs and chickens. A mass starvation of these domesticated animals would rival the extinction of the dinosaurs.

I dismiss this false narrative but do believe there is still a way to improve animal welfare and better raise the animals that help us coexist on this wonderful planet God has provided for us.