BioSafe 20th Anniversary

BioSafe Adds Business Development Manager for Field Crops

Kurt Schwartau

East Hartford, CT—BioSafe Systems would like to announce a recent addition to its agriculture team, Kurt Schwartau. Kurt joins BioSafe as the North American Business Development Manager for Field Crops with a focus on the Rockies and Plains regions. A native of Minnesota, Kurt is based in Evergreen, CO, where he lives with his wife, Lynne.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Kurt has extensive business experience in many segments and functions of crop protection and pest control, both in the United States and globally. His focus has been on developing markets and customers channels for novel, EPA-registered, microbial insect and disease control brands. He was most recently Head of Marketing and Sales at Phyllom BioProducts. He also previously worked at SipcamAdvan, AgraQuest (Bayer Biologics) and ISK Biosciences.

When not working or spending time with his wife and children, Kurt serves his community on the Timber Estates Metropolitan Tax District Board. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, mountain biking and watching college football. About becoming a member of the BioSafe team, Kurt says, “Joining a customer-focused, passionate and entrepreneurial organization like BioSafe Systems was an easy choice.” His customer, business, and biological-product experience make him an excellent addition to our agricultural market segment.

If you would like to contact Kurt, please call 970-396-8825 or email kschwartau@biosafesystems.com.

BioSafe 20th Anniversary

SaniDate®5.0 Canada Gets Updates to Label

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems’ SaniDate®5.0 Canada has expanded its label to include new pathogen control claims, several new applications, and mold and mildew control. The 5% PAA product is now labeled as a viricidal against Human Influenza Virus (H1N1), Canine Distemper Virus, and Avian Influenza Virus (H9N2), as well as being a disinfectant against Salmonella, Listeria, Pseudomonas, and numerous other bacteria and fungi.

Among the new approved applications are:

  • Sanitizing casing or shell egg wash
  • Use in disinfecting foot baths, mats, and trays
  • Mold and mildew control on hard, non-porous surfaces
  • Foaming disinfection/cleaning

SaniDate®5.0 Canada previously had approved labeling for disinfection of food-contact surfaces, sanitizing conveyers for meat, poultry, and seafood, along with disinfection of poultry hatcheries and poultry holding areas (trucks, coops, crates, barns, kennels, and hutches).

For more information on SaniDate®5.0 Canada please contact us toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit www.biosafesystems.com and www.biosafesystems.ca.

BioSafe 20th Anniversary

BioSafe Systems AG Division Expands Post-Harvest Support in the Western US

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems is excited to announce the newest member of our team, Bill Flynn. Bill, whose home base is in Arizona, has a technical focus on post-harvest solutions and food safety. A lifelong resident of the desert southwest, Bill and his wife, Kristin, raised their four children just minutes from the agricultural fields of Ventura County, CA. A food safety manager by trade, Bill studied biology and chemistry at the University of New Mexico.

Bill has developed a unique food safety skill set ranging from the public health sector where he worked as Environmental Health Manager of the fifth-largest county in the US, to private companies where he managed food safety programs at major retailers, while directing global food safety initiatives for Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL).

Says Bill, “Food safety cannot be ignored. These days the conversations need to be had from ‘seed to feed’. My goal with BioSafe Systems is to bring value to current and future clients through thought-leadership and by demonstrating that food safety programs don’t have to be complicated, frustrating or overly complex. My plan is to show growers and processors the positive ROI from doing the right thing systematically in a sustainable fashion.”

When not working or spending time with his wife and family, Bill enjoys restoring old cars and boondoggling in his classic Volkswagen camper-van.

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

 

 

BioSafe 20th Anniversary

BioSafe Systems’ SaniDate®FD Canada Receives Updated Approvals

EAST HARTFORD, CT – Health Canada has issued a Letter of No Objection (LONO) for the use of SaniDate®FD as an antimicrobial agent in the processing of fruits and vegetables, as well as for use in fish and seafood processing in federally registered facilities. This product was previously granted approval for use in meat and poultry processing in May 2016.

SaniDate®FD is a peroxyacetic acid microbiocide developed for use in federally inspected processing facilities as an antimicrobial agent to control microorganisms in process water and ice used in the production and preparation of meat, poultry, processed and preformed meat, fish, seafood, and fruits and vegetables. When used according to label directions, SaniDate®FD complies with conditions of use approved by Health Canada for this product.

For more information on SaniDate®FD please contact us toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit www.biosafesystems.com and www.biosafesystems.ca

BioSafe Systems AG Division Expands Southwest Regional Support

BioSafe Systems is proud to announce the newest addition to our Agronomy Team, Mrs. Raina King. Raina will provide regional product and technical support from her strategic location of McAllen, TX, in the Rio Grande Valley. Raina’s unique strengths in field agronomy, coordinating and prioritizing research and trial grants for Texas vegetable and citrus producers, and recently educating citrus producers on new FSMA and produce safety guidelines, provides Raina with broad skillset that allows her to offer growers and dealers un-paralleled support throughout BioSafe’s Field-to-Packing Program.

Raina King’s Masters in Crop Science Agronomy and focus in Biochemistry, coupled with her diverse career in the local Southwest Agriculture industry, sets an ideal example of the professional expertise and diverse educational support BioSafe’s Regional Technical Agronomists strive to provide to our valued growers and dealers.  BioSafe’s Agronomy Segment Manager, Michael Larose, provided unique insight into Raina’s role on the AG Technical Team stating, “Starting with my first conversation with Raina it was clear her technical expertise, her diverse career in the specialty agriculture market, and most notedly the contagious enthusiasm she shows towards helping producers solve on-farm challenges made her an ideal team member for the Agriculture segment.”

Raina’s prior role as Grant Director and Administrator for Texas Citrus Mutual, allowed her to immerse herself in direct grower relations and communication with a focus on critical research funding, FSMA regulations and local emergency labeling needs. With her passion for maintaining close connections with the grower community and Southwest produce industry make her the ideal addition to BioSafe’s Agronomy Team. When asked about her prior careers and how those experiences will help her excel as the Regional Technical Agronomist for the Southwest Region, Raina provided an excellent and concise answer, “At Texas Citrus Mutual I was able to sit down with producers and listen to issues that they’ve had. BioSafe Systems’ has provided me the opportunity where not only can I still listen to my producer’s challenges, but now provide effective and proven solutions.”  She is looking forward to “being in the field with the Crop Advisors and producers, getting [her] hands dirty, and helping address the increasing challenges through effective and economical solutions.” Her biggest draw to her new career path was “BioSafe’s family-owned company culture and its high reputation in the Agrichemical market.”  Raina adds, “Plus, I take immense pride knowing I’m valued Team Member in a private company that stands firm on its commitment to manufacturing its products in the United States; I know the growers and industry in my area value that core principal.”

About BioSafe Systems, LLC
Simply Sustainable. Always Effective.
BioSafe Systems, LLC has been a manufacturer and marketer of sustainable crop protection, water treatment and food safety solutions since 1998. BioSafe Systems also provides unique, sustainable and environmentally responsible chemistries into the agricultural, horticultural, sanitation and retail segments. BioSafe Systems is a family-owned company based in East Hartford, CT whose products are proudly manufactured in the United States of America.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please call Alyssa Davis at 888.273.3088 ext. 246, or email adavis@biosafesystems.com.

BioSafe Systems and Plant Products announce exclusive partnership in Canada

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems and Plant Products are excited to announce that, as an exclusive partner, Plant Products will act as the manufacturer’s exclusive distributor in key Canadian provinces including:  Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island.

Plant Products has been a premier full-service supplier of fertilizer, pest control products, seeds and other consumable goods to the greenhouse, turf, nursery and specialty horticulture industries in Canada and the USA for more than 75 years. It maintains locations in Laval, QC, Ancaster, ON, Detroit, MI and head office in Leamington, ON. Plant Products brings many strengths to this new partnership including: technical sales, new product development, regulatory, marketing, and logistics.

Jeff Kline – Professional Products Segment Manager for BioSafe Systems says “Combining our efforts for a more unified approach in Canada benefits both parties exponentially. I am excited to continue delivering sustainable, quality solutions to all of Canada and continue in shared success with everyone at Plant Products.”

Kelly Devaere – Product and Marketing Manager for Plant Products adds “We are happy to partner with BioSafe Systems in Canada to expand their existing portfolio as well as launch new and innovative products in all our key markets in the coming years.”

For more information and details on this partnership and where to purchase BioSafe Systems products in Canada, contact Plant Products at 519-326-9037 / info@plantproducts.com or BioSafe Systems at 888-273-3088 / info@biosafesystems.com.

 

Introducing New AzaGuard Formulation from BioSafe Systems

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems is excited to announce the release of a new and improved formulation of AzaGuard Insecticide/Nematicide. A common inert used in emulsified concentrates was recently put on the EPA watch list. To be proactive, BioSafe Systems underwent the process of reformulating AzaGuard and updating the label through the EPA to produce a more sustainable botanical insecticide which adheres to the company’s mission of providing highly effective but sustainable crop protection solutions. Additionally, over 30 new crops were added to the label including arugula, globe artichokes, pomegranates and cranberries to meet the increasing need for effective organic insect control solutions.

AzaGuard is a 3% Azadirachtin Botanical Insecticide utilizing the technical material that remains below 20% by weight to maintain high levels of other important limonoids. The inclusion of these important limonoids in AzaGuard enhances the efficacy of the active ingredient as an insect growth regulator, insect repellant and anti-feedant. In addition, AzaGuard is formulated in the U.S. under strict quality control conditions from technical material extracted from newly harvested neem seeds. These manufacturing efforts ensure that AzaGuard maintains the maximum potency until used by our customers.

For more information or a copy of the updated AzaGuard label, contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit biosafesystems.com.

Our Team Grows By Two New Members

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems announces the strategic hires of Kyle Pickles as the Technical Sales Representative for the California Central Coast and Steven Tillman as the Midwest Technical Sales Rep. Both will work in the Agriculture market segment.

Kyle Pickles is based on the Central California Coast as a Technical Sales Representative. He is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a BS degree in Agriculture Systems Management and a minor in Plant Protection and Crop Science. Kyle started his career in the water treatment services division of the Deerpoint Group but quickly decided his passion was working directly it growers and transitioned into a position with Helena Chemical Company. Kyle is eager to provide a high level of technical support and service to the Central Coast territory covering Oxnard/Ventura up to the Salinas Valley.

Steven Tillman lives in northern Indiana and will cover the Midwest where he has extensive regional agricultural knowledge. Steven graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business Management and a minor in Agronomy. He then began working on retain agriculture for Ag Plus Inc. where he provided growers with customized fertilizer recommendations. Next, he transitioned to a Territory Sales Manager role at Compass Minerals International Inc. where he managed an 8-state trade territory, calling on retail agriculture establishments. Before coming to BioSafe, Steven was an Account Relationship Manager for North Central Co-Op. We are excited to have him bring his extensive expertise to our team.

BioSafe is excited to welcome these new members and is pleased to have them as part of our family. For more information, contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit biosafesystems.com.

Growing Our Midwest Technical Team

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems is excited to announce the strategic hire of Steven Tillman as a Technical Sales Representative for Midwestern United States.  With extensive experience and regional agricultural knowledge, Steven will be a great asset to the team.

Steven graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Business Management and a minor in Agronomy. He then began working in retail agriculture for Ag Plus. Inc. as an Agronomy Sales and Technology Specialist where he provided growers with customized fertilizer recommendations based on their personalized needs. Steven then became a Territory Sales Manager for Compass Minerals Internationals Inc., where he managed an 8-state trade territory, calling on retail agriculture establishments. Before coming to BioSafe, Steven was an Account Relationship Manager for North Central Co-Op.

Steven is based in northern Indiana with his wife, Liz, near the “home farm” where he grew up farming grain and beef cattle. He is excited to come into BioSafe, a family-owned company, with a great understanding of how a family-run business operates. When he’s not working, Steven spends his time on the basketball court volunteering as a basketball coach for high school athletes. He also finds a little time on the tractor to be therapeutic. BioSafe Systems welcomes Steven and is pleased to have him as part of our family.

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

Lifecycle Management of Fall Production Pests Using Biological Pesticides

By Manuel Campos, Ph.D., Entomologist, BioSafe Systems 

Seasons come and seasons go, but it always seems like the pests are here to stay. Developing a successful and sustainable year-round IPM program should be paramount for any grower whether it be in the greenhouse or in the nursery fields. Keeping in mind the entire lifecycle of the trouble insects can be more difficult in practice than it is in concept. Many growers deal with their pest problems in the now, however taking a preventative approach during the early stages of an insect’s growth will prove to be even more effective over time. Using biological products is one way to ensure greater control of pests while maintaining a sustainable and non-resistant program.

Fall production of ornamental crops such as pansies and poinsettias can be a breeding ground for whiteflies, fungus gnats, and thrips. Importing plugs from external sources presents its own risks as well when growers end up importing more than they bargained for. Bringing in large amounts of product along with large amounts of pests can have a detrimental effect on production and profits if left unchecked. Using biological pesticides that affect the different stages of an insect’s lifecycle are extremely effective, non-residual, and are soft on the plants themselves during any stage of production. Biological products can still be used with broad spectrum bactericides/fungicides but it’s all about the timing. Chemistries such as ZeroTol 2.0 can be applied throughout the growing on and finishing stages to prevent or treat common foliar diseases such as Botrytis or powdery mildew and since it simply breaks down into air and water a biological product can be used as soon as the chemical dries.

BioSafe Systems, a leader in sustainable chemistries, has developed a proprietary OMRI listed strain of Beauveria bassiana fungus used in their BioCeres WP® product, which is approved for organic production and is perfectly suited for IPM programs, in a tank mix with other pesticides or surfactants as well as specific, stand-alone use. This sustainable insecticide consists of a wettable powder formulation that is easily blended with water to form a suspension and can be applied as a direct foliar spray or fogging. BioCeres WP is enhanced with UV inhibitors and other proprietary stabilizers to form an extremely stable and predictable biological product that can be used regularly with no mutational resistance.

BioCeres WP is used for the biological control of numerous pests at all stages of their lifecycles including whiteflies, aphids, thrips, and spotted wing drosophila by adhering to the insect’s cuticle, germinating and piercing its outer shell, ultimately causing death. It can be used in a wide range of agricultural, nursery, and greenhouse crops including ornamental plants and edibles.

When an insect comes into direct contact or consumes the Beauveria bassiana, the conidia’s germination tubes begin to grow directly into the body of the insect by penetrating its outer shell (cuticle). These hyphae will not only pierce the insect causing physical changes but will release toxins as well, slowing their movement and reducing the damage that the insect can inflict on plants. This infection from BioCeres WP results in a white mold growth, called White Muscardine Disease, which leads to the eventual death of the insect. The Muscardine Disease will continue to produce spores, spreading to other insects and repeating the process without harming plants.

BioCeres WP is part of a larger BioSafe system of products and is made stronger by working together with other biological products such as AzaGuard, which acts as an insect growth regulator, stopping the molting process between the larval and pupal stages. Combining this effect with BioCeres WP, which targets all lifecycle stages, especially adults, effectively controls various insects that can harm crops of all kinds. Products like these are extremely effective as part of an integrated IPM program and aid growers in being proactive against pests rather than reactive. Ultimately saving time, money, and giving peace of mind to growers as they deal with stubborn pests anywhere in their production.