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

 

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.

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!

BioSafe Systems Introduces PerCarb Broad-Spectrum Bactericide/Fungicide

EAST HARTFORD, CT, May 1 – BioSafe Systems announces PerCarb (Sodium Carbonate Peroxyhydrate), a new alternative to Potassium Bicarbonate and lime sulfur products for use in agriculture.

 PerCarb is an EPA-registered, 0-hour REI, broad-spectrum bactericide/fungicide designed to treat and control plant pathogens that cause major foliar diseases on field-grown crops, tree crops, vine crops, berries, small fruits, vegetable crops and greenhouse fruits and vegetables.

 PerCarb is designed for superior coverage in foliar applications with no phytotoxicity as well as pre and post-season dormant applications for many tree and vine crops, providing excellent control of downy mildew, powdery mildew, botrytis rot, bacterial leaf spot and more.

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

Grower Tips: Water System Inspections Pay Off

 

Published with permission by Poultry Times.  Originally posted on June 14, 2017.

National Poultry Technology Center

Auburn University

AUBURN, Ala. — Satisfying bird water needs is crucial for top flock performance, and it takes a great deal of water. A typical updated 40-foot by 500-foot broiler house in Alabama can consume 450,000 gallons or more of potable water a year for bird consumption and operation of a 6-inch evaporative cooling system.

 A four-house broiler farm of these houses may require 1.8 to 2 million gallons per year. Satisfying water demand can be especially challenging in summertime when both birds and evaporative cooling systems are thirsty. In addition to meeting the total demand, it is critical to meet the peak flow rate needed, which in hot weather might be as much as 50 to 60 gallons per minute for four houses.

We too often see farms that do not show obvious problems most of the time during cool and mild weather growouts — but show significant flock performance reductions in hot weather because of failing to meet the peak flow rate demand, which can be very costly to a grower.

Hot weather is fast approaching. Are your house’s water plumbing and supply systems adequate to handle summer’s peak demand? If you can’t answer “Yes,” with confidence, it is time to put a water supply system inspection at the top of your cleaning checklist.

Broiler house water system inspections should be routinely scheduled, but there are some scenarios or situations to look for that tell you to do it now:

  • Can’t get weight on birds and/or see higher than average mortality rates in hot weather.
  • Have experienced a drop in performance after adding additional houses on a farm.
  • Upgraded fans for higher wind speed and 6-inch cooling system without upgrading plumbing.
  • Experience low or no pressure at drinker lines and in control rooms when birds are drinking and evaporative cooling systems are filling at the same time.
  • Have trouble keeping evaporative cooling systems from running out of water on hot days.

Dollars saved or lost

If any of the situations or symptoms described above applies to your farm, a water supply restriction might be the root of the problem. Identifying a water supply problem can be tricky but of utmost importance in dollars and cents. You don’t want an overlooked water restriction to drop you to the bottom of the settlement sheet.

Consider two farms, each with four similar 40-foot by 500-foot broiler houses that require approximately 13 gpm (gallons per minute) per house at peak demand on a really hot, dry day, so the total farm water supply flow rate required is 52 gpm. Grower A has an adequate water supply and routinely checks for any symptoms of water shortage on the farm and corrects them. Grower B on the other hand, has consistently had trouble with performance during hot weather. He hasn’t identified the problem but notices the houses run low on pressure at times.

The truth is that Grower B’s water supply system is either partially clogged or undersized, and can deliver only 40 gpm, not 52 gpm. That’s a lot of gallons not available during crucial times of the growout when birds and cooling pads need it the most.

In this situation of hot weather water inadequacy, Grower B’s flocks may take as much as a 3 percent hit in livability and lose as much as 0.4 pounds of potential per bird average live weight. What does this look like in dollars and cents, if each farm places 88,000 birds per growout? There are many other factors to consider, but let’s keep it simple:

Grower A: livability: 97 percent; number of birds sold: 85,360; average lbs. per bird: 8.5; total lbs. sold: 725,560; $0.056/lbs. sold: $40,631.36.

Grower B: livability: 94 percent; number of birds sold: 82,720; average lbs. per bird: 8.1; total lbs. sold: 670,032; $0.056/lbs. sold: $37,521.79.

Income difference: $3,109.57.

Grower A, having an adequate water supply, received a check for approximately $40,631.36 with a good average weight and good livability. Grower B, having an inadequate water supply, sent fewer birds to the plant with poor livability and a much lower average weight and brought home $3,109.57 less for the same number of chicks placed. Grower B could easily find himself in this scenario for at least two hot weather flocks and see an estimated $6,219.14 in less income compared to Grower A, simply due to water inadequacy.

Cost of fixing a plumbing or other water supply problem on the average poultry farm varies greatly depending on the particular situation, but $6,000 would certainly go a long way toward fixing the problem.

Inspection points

The first point to consider is that the water source used — whether a water utility or pumping from a well or pond, must be capable of supplying the amount and flow rate needed.

Particular poultry farm water needs vary greatly depending on location, whether conditions, number and size of houses, and number and size of birds grown in those houses. Our example farm above, typical for the lower Broiler Belt growing large birds, needs a water source capable of supplying a minimum of 52 gpm at maximum demand.

Remember, that is just for the poultry farm, not a dwelling or other farm needs. Contact your company representative for an estimated per-house water requirement.

Following are the main items to check to assure your water system and plumbing are adequate. Examples assume the same typical four-house farm with modern 40-foot by 500-foot broiler houses, the farm requiring 52 gpm at peak demand. Note: these figures are for illustration purposes only, and may not fit your farm. Each farm must be assessed according to the location of the farm, weather conditions, type and size of birds, and amount and type of equipment installed.

Undersized water meter

Undersized water meters can significantly reduce the amount of water pressure and flow that a farm receives during hot weather. The meter might be sufficient to supply a residential home but not a poultry farm.

Our example farm requiring 52 gpm will need a 1.5-inch diameter municipal water meter to adequately supply the farm. The typical 3/4-inch water meter is rated for up to 30 gpm and a 1-inch meter up to 50 gpm, each restricting 15 psi at given water flow. These are American Water Works Association standard pressure loss ratings. Specific meter ratings should be confirmed with the water supplier and meter manufacturer.

Undersized main plumbing line(s)

Undersized main water supply lines are often found to be the root of a water problem. A certified plumber should be consulted to determine if a farm’s main line is undersized. The distance from the water source at the meter or well head to the farm’s control room determines the amount of pressure (friction) loss that will occur.

Also, major changes in elevation contribute to pressure loss. For example, a 21.7 psi pressure loss will be felt if the farm is only 50 feet above the meter or well head. Our example four-house farm would need a 2-inch diameter PVC main water line and would have 20 psi of friction loss if the farm was 1,000 feet from the point of supply on level grade.

If the farm water system was installed using only a 1.5-inch main line the friction loss would be approximately 60 psi (three times more) measured 1,000 feet away. A new 2-inch main water meter won’t fix the problem of an undersized main supply line on the farm.

Stopped up filters

The great thing about water filters is the fact that they are disposable just like the air filters in our homes. The problem is sometimes we forget to change them and even if we have a regimen we follow to change them once per flock that might not be enough during summer months when we are using more than average water.

Each farm is different and the rate of filter changes is based on quality and quantity of water used. It is imperative to have water pressure gauges installed on both sides of the filter so the grower can tell if and when the filter is restricting water pressure. This really needs to be checked when a significant number of the birds are up and drinking. If no water is flowing through the filter then there will not be a pressure drop even if the filter needs to be changed. The poorer the water quality the more time and effort a grower will have to spend keeping filters clean.

Clogged regulator

Water pressure regulators are a great way to restrict water pressure to the drinker systems inside the house but they too can be a water flow restriction.

This regulator takes the pressure down from supply pressure at 40 to 100 psi to approximately 25 to 40 psi, depending on company preference. These regulators have a wire mesh screen inside of them to keep trash from damaging the regulator but can restrict water flow as contaminants build up over time.

Regulators should be removed from the line and inspected each year at minimum. Water meters and medicators can also become clogged with trash in the system.

Kinked drinker supply hoses

Also known as drop houses, these connect the water supply plumbing to the drinker lines. The most frequent problem we see with drop houses is that they become easily kinked and partially or totally stop water flow.

Common household or “garden” hoses are not good options for supplying water to drinkers as they are often very easy to kink. Even if higher quality hoses are used, they too can become kinked. If small diameter drop hoses are used, be aware that if biofilm builds up in these hoses, they too can become a source of water restriction.

Contaminated nipple drinkers

While modern nipple drinkers usually work well to supply birds with adequate water, they can become partially clogged with biofilm and other contaminants and functionally restrict water. This is not just a hot weather problem. It can occur at any time of the year, and is most often a problem with young chicks, resulting in high 7-day mortalities.

Young chicks are often not strong enough to break the drinker pins free if they are stuck. Activating nipple drinkers prior to bird placement is a must. As nipple drinker technology has evolved, there are several different types of nipple drinkers on the market, designed for the different types and size of birds.

Make sure the nipple drinkers in your lines were designed for the birds you are growing. If you have questions about what nipple drinker is right for the flocks being grown, ask your company representative about approved drinker types and options.

Backup water source

Water plays an extremely important role in growing a good healthy flock of chickens, so making sure the farm has a good clean and abundant source of water from day one to catch is imperative.

Just as you need a backup generator, you need a fall-back water source. If your primary water source fails for any reason, your secondary source must be ready to take over and carry the farm until the primary water source can be restored.

The bottom line

It is very difficult to maintain a competitive edge growing chickens on farms that have water supply problems, especially during hot weather growouts.

Water restrictions can develop slowly over time and go unnoticed for years, but will have been robbing performance all that time. A little time spent on preventative maintenance on the farm’s water system can pay dividends by the end of the summer.

We have received many calls and reports back from growers and company representatives that have basically “turned problem farms around” simply by identifying and successfully repairing water supply problems. That is not to say that this will fix every problem, but it is certainly worth a grower’s time to pay some attention to his water supply system.

If it is decided that a plumbing upgrade is in order for your farm and you are not comfortable or experienced in plumbing work, please contact a company representative and a local, reputable plumber and come up with a plan together. There is never enough money for a redo and fixing mistakes in an emergency can be costly.

More information from the National Poultry Technology Center (NPTC) at Auburn University can be obtained at www.poultryhouse.com.

BioSafe Systems to Exhibit at The Poultry Federation’s Live Production Symposium in August

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – BioSafe will be exhibiting at The Poultry Federation’s Live Production Symposium on August 1-2, 2017 in Rogers, Arkansas.

The booth will be manned by seasoned staff Technical Sales Representative, Michael Applewhite and Regional Sales Manager, Dean Allen.  As experts in their fields these two know all the ins and outs of the animal health market.

BioSafe is one of the largest manufacturers of peroxyacetic acid (PAA) in North America providing sustainable disease control products to the Agriculture, Horticulture, Post-Harvest/Food Safety, Meat and Poultry, Aquatics, Home & Garden, Turf, and Commercial/Industrial Sanitation industries.

Dean Allen, Regional Sales Manager                                          Michael Applewhite, Technical Service Representative

318-510-8046                                                                                  256-677-2802

dallen@biosafesystems.com                                                        mapplewhite@biosafesystems.com

 

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

BioSafe Partners with Other Industry Leaders and NIOSH in Discussions Regarding Peracetic Acid (PAA)

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – BioSafe Systems, a member of the Peroxy Compounds Task Force (PCTF) – Peracetic Acid Group which consists of PAA manufacturers, along with the National Chicken Council and Aseptic and the Antimicrobial Processing and Packaging Association (AAPPA) is working in collaboration with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on setting a new proposed Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH) value for airborne peroxyacetic acid in various commercial operations.

BioSafe Systems and most other members of the PCTF – Peracetic Acid Group believe the peracetic acid (IDLH) value proposed by NIOSH is overly conservative and not based upon sound science. The PCTF is working with NIOSH to increase the proposed (IDLH) value by providing relevant data and information.

The current NIOSH proposal would increase cost and add inconvenience for hatcheries, farms and plants using peracetic acid. PAA atmospheric monitors will likely be required and results tracked in addition to added Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  Affected industries include poultry, beef, swine and vegetable processing, aseptic packaging operations, hospitals and commercial disinfection operations.

BioSafe is concerned about worker safety and we are working with the meat and poultry industry to minimize potential exposure to employees and USDA inspectors, and with NIOSH to set an IDLH value based on scientifically supported data.

 

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