Cleaner Water, Healthier Birds

By Rob Larose, CEO of BioSafe Systems

With public consumers’ changing opinions on the use of antibiotics there is increased pressure for producers to find new ways to grow healthy flocks. The value of a clean, safe water supply is an often-overlooked resource in poultry production.

Chickens intake almost twice as much water as they do feed and the more they grow, the more water they drink. On average, daily water consumption can range from one to ten gallons per 1,000 birds depending on the season. Warmer months provide the perfect conditions for water infections like algae, bacteria, and fungi to become established along with the formation of biofilms which can harbor pathogens that can affect overall water quality as well as reduce the flow of water

Dissolved minerals can contribute to the growth of biofilms and increase the possibility of blockages. Even a low-grade build-up of mineral residue can limit water flow and result in less-than-adequate consumption for optimal bird growth and feed conversion.

Water tests performed by a reputable lab can be an invaluable tool for identifying the source of performance problems. On-farm tests can also be helpful for monitoring and improving water quality.  These tests will not only indicate levels of biological contaminants and dissolved minerals but will help to identify when increased treatment options should be enacted to correct problems.

Traditional chemistries used to treat water may not be up to the modern-day task. Chlorine and hydrogen peroxide historically have performed poorly on removing mineral build-ups. Methods used in various industries such as food processing and dairies may provide some answers. Products specially formulated to dissolve and liquefy minerals are best used in conjunction with high-level products with proven efficacy in eradicating biofilms as well as sanitizing and disinfecting the water supply. Peracetic acid based chemistries are quickly becoming the sought-after method for eliminating water system impurities. They can be used in all seasons, leave no residue, and are proven effective against algae, bacteria, and biofilms.

The use of these simple, yet effective systems and biofilm treatment products will keep water quality high, reduce latent infections, and ultimately increase production on all levels.

BioSafe is one of the largest manufacturers of peracetic acid (PAA) in North America providing sustainable disease control products to customers within the animal health, meat/poultry processing and egg industries.

BioSafe Systems adds to their Engineering Team

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe announces the strategic hire of Sannel Patel as a Process Engineer. Patel’s main objectives will be improving existing manufacturing mechanisms and spearheading the commercialization of a BioSafe’s new manufacturing process, OxyFusion. His work will cover all BioSafe segments with a strong focus on Post-Harvest/Food Safety and Meat & Poultry industries.

Sannel was born in India but was raised in Botswana, Africa where he developed a love for cricket. He was offered university scholarships to play in both England and India but chose to attend Iowa State University where he received a degree in Chemical Engineering. Most recently he worked with Ozone Solutions in Iowa as a chemical engineer and technical sales manager. He will be relocating to Connecticut and be working out of BioSafe’s headquarters in East Hartford.

BioSafe is excited to welcome Sannel. For more information contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit www.biosafesystems.com

 

BioSafe Systems adds to Food Safety and QA/QC Teams

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe announces the strategic hires of Destinee Anderson as Quality Assurance and Quality Control Manager and Justin Nguyen as Food Safety Sales Representative. Both will be covering all BioSafe segments with a strong focus on Post-Harvest/Food Safety and Meat & Poultry industries.

Justin Nguyen will be based out of Massachusetts and work closely with BioSafe Systems’ customers and team members to provide on-site assessment and improvement to food safety quality and process enhancement programs. Justin received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and Food Technology and earned his Masters of Science degree from Sacred Heart University. He holds several professional certifications including HACCP, SQF Systems Implementation, BRC Systems Implementation, and USDA/FDA Labeling. Justin has worked as the Director of Quality Assurance for many food and seafood processing companies and most recently as an outside Food Safety Consultant for SGS North America.

Destinee Anderson will work from BioSafe’s Connecticut headquarters within the Operations team as QA/QC Manager. Destinee has been working in the food industry for the past 15 years and has strong experience within varied food safety settings including dairy, juice, and USDA meat establishments. She holds a Master’s of Food Science from Kansas State University and most recently worked as QA Manager for a food microbiology lab.

“I have always been interested in the science behind producing food and heavily concerned with all aspects of food safety for consumers. I am excited to open a new chapter of my career with BioSafe Systems,” Destinee says.

BioSafe is excited to welcome these new members. For more information contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 88-273-3088 or visit www.biosafesystems.com

 

BioSafe System’s AzaGuard Now Approved for Poultry and Livestock Applications

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – AzaGuard is a botanical based insecticide/nematicide that offers broad spectrum insecticidal control on over 300 insect species.  The new comprehensive label includes applications to control darkling, hide and carrion beetles specific to poultry houses and for use in organic poultry production.

Composed of a 3% Azadirachtin formula, this Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) is EPA and OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) approved and controls insects in the larval, pupal, and nymphal stages.

BioSafe Systems is committed to providing poultry farms with effective and sustainable products that meet strict industry standards. To learn more about how AzaGuard is an effective insecticide, please contact Michael Applewhite by email at mapplewhite@biosafesystems.com  or call him at 256-677-2802.

For questions about this press release please call 888-273-3088.

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.

As American as Apple Pie

As American as Apple Pie

We’ve all heard the term “as American as apple pie,” but some fail to realize why the iconic dessert is uniquely American. The answer lies in the ingredients: the apples picked from a local orchard, flour derived from American grains, fresh farm eggs and butter, it all gets tied together into something that is as scrumptious as it is symbolic. Behind that metaphorical table fare there is a lot of manpower: sowing, fertilization, pruning, harvest, storage, all done on American soil by American farmers, but this doesn’t stop at apple orchards and dairy farms.

The average American farm currently produces enough crops to feed an estimated 160 people per year. Factoring in the over 2,000,000 farms on American soil makes our great nation responsible for feeding well over 320 million people, annually.1 Based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Census of Agriculture, the total value of products sold by producers in the American Agricultural Industry hit a record high of $395 billion in 2012, a $92 billion (24%) hike in total crop value since the previous census conducted in 2007. Statistics prove that the cause for this increase in revenue was not related to cost or inflation. In fact, production value increased so dramatically between 2002 and 2007, that the 5-year gap yielded an 84% increase in net cash income to agricultural operations.2

Many credit scientific and technological advancements for this rapid increase in net sales and profits, and BioSafe Systems, a small, family-owned company based out of Hartford, Connecticut, is at the forefront of these agricultural innovations. Since 1998, BioSafe Systems has been harnessing the power of Peroxyacetic Acid (PAA) to kill and prevent plant diseases and human health pathogens while decreasing Restricted Entry Intervals, allowing American farmers and packing house workers to operate more efficiently. When it comes to being uniquely American, BioSafe Systems’ sustainable chemistry gives apple pie a run for its money, and despite the company’s small stature, its sustainable chemistry has been a big player in the ascent of the American Agricultural industry to exciting new heights.

Few know more about heights than Air National Guard E7 Master Sergeant, Anthony Cruz. The 23-year Veteran served 15 years of active duty defending the United States of America. He is currently stationed at Barnes Air National Guard Base, where he serves as an Alert Shift Supervisor and Weapons Systems Technician for the F-15C Eagle, the U.S. Air Force’s primary fighter jet. When he’s not defending freedom and fixing jets, Cruz is an Inside Sales and Technical Support Representative at BioSafe Systems, where he thoroughly consults end users regarding their use of the company’s innovative products, such as SaniDate® 5.0 and StorOx® 2.0.

Though you wouldn’t know this from speaking with him on the phone, Cruz wasn’t always in the Agricultural Industry. His hectic career with the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard left Cruz with little time to pursue any other opportunities. Since his time was limited and devoted to protecting our nation, Cruz sought to further his financial well-being via Real Estate; however, Cruz was often unable to leave the air base to show properties to his clients. Cruz first met BioSafe Systems CEO, Rob Larose, when he expressed interest in one of Cruz’s listings. It was only shortly after finding out that Cruz is a Veteran and devoted member of the Air National Guard that Larose offered him an opportunity to work with the growing organization, despite the Weapons Systems Technician’s limited availability.

After finding out that BioSafe Systems is an American owned and operated company that manufactures all of its products on U.S. soil, it was hard for Cruz to turn down the opportunity. Since joining the team, the Air Force Veteran has assisted countless agricultural operations across the great United States of America in developing systematic applications of BioSafe Systems’ products that have increased both yields and efficiency through prevention and protection.

BioSafe Systems and the dedicated U.S. citizens the company employs, such as Anthony Cruz, will always strive to assure America’s Agricultural Industry continues its ascension for many years to come. To learn more about BioSafe Systems’ unique chemistry and innovative fungicides, pesticides, herbicides, algaecides and more, visit their website, www.biosafesystems.com.

1 2017 American Farm Bureau Federation
https://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/Online_Resources/Highlights/Farm_Economics/

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.

BioSafe Systems: Growing Our California Technical Team

Kyle Pickles

 

EAST HARTFORD, CT, April 5 – BioSafe Systems is proud to announce the addition of Kyle Pickles to the Agriculture Technical Sales Team. Kyle 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 is driven, and eager to provide a high level of technical support and service to the Central Coast territory covering Oxnard/Ventura up to the Salinas Valley.

Kyle is a native Californian, raised in Lompoc, and was immersed in agriculture at a young age, becoming actively involved in the local FFA program. In 2014, Kyle completed his Cal Poly degrees and took an opportunity working with The Deerpoint Group providing sales and technical support in the Water Treatment services division. Kyle quickly decided his passion was working directly with growers in helping identifying crop protection & fertility challenges and transitioned his career into working with Helena Chemical Company where he evolved his passion on solving grower challenges on a large variety of vegetable, fruit and alfalfa cropping systems.

During those times when Kyle isn’t helping solve grower challenges and providing technical support, he enjoys the many outdoor activities that California offers, including surfing, hunting and hiking.

BioSafe Systems is excited to welcome Kyle Pickles to our growing California Technical Sales Team as he quickly immerses himself into his new territory and responsibilities.  We are proud to have Kyle as an addition to the growing BioSafe family!