BioSafe Systems adds to their Marketing Team

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems is pleased to announce the hire of Ben Mcgreal as their new Marketing Coordinator for Turf & Ornamentals. Based out of the Connecticut headquarters, Ben’s main task will be helping the marketing and sales team provide effective messaging and content for their crop protection products and programs.

“I’ve always had a firm belief sustainability and the well-being of our environment should be a top priority in everyday life, no matter how big or small the issue,” he says.

Ben is currently working on finishing his marketing degree from Tunxis Community College, and prior to joining BioSafe Systems worked with MJM Home Builders doing site management along with framing new homes. He also has been involved with the company Soulstainable, taking water filters and supplies to areas in Ecuador affected by natural disasters. Ben’s passion and hard-working spirit make him an essential addition to the BioSafe team.

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

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BioSafe Systems Adds to Turf & Ornamentals Team

EAST HARTFORD CT – BioSafe Systems is excited to announce the hire of Maxwell Gilley. He started his career with BioSafe Systems on January 2, 2019 as the new Technical Sales Representative for Turf & Ornamentals in California.

Max grew up in Jefferson City, Missouri and attended the University of Missouri where he earned his B.S. degree in Plant Sciences with an emphasis in Turf Management. He then went on to Mississippi State where he received a M.S. degree in Plant Pathology.

Prior to joining BioSafe Systems, he worked for two years as a product development scientist. His expertise and education make him a great asset to our company and to our substantial California customer base.

Max Gilley can be reached at 408.279.9467 or mgilley@biosafesystems.com.

BioSafe Systems Promotes Eric Smith to Sales Manager

East Hartford, CT – BioSafe Systems is pleased to announce the promotion of Eric Smith to East Coast Sales Manager for Turf & Ornamental markets.

In the past two and a half years at BioSafe, Eric has successfully grown his territory, gained product knowledge and built strong relationships with our distribution networks. Eric will work with the team to promote and support sustainable solutions in turf and greenhouse/ nursery industries.

“Eric has been an integral part of our growth,” says Jeff Kline, Vice President of Sales. “I look forward to him leading the East Coast T&O team to new heights.” BioSafe is looking forward to working with him at his new capacity.

 

Eric Smith can be reached at 561.955.0315 or esmith@biosafesystems.com.

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BioSafe Adds New Horticulture Technical Representative in Texas Area

Clint Medlen

Clint Medlen

East Hartford, CT – BioSafe Systems has recently expanded its horticulture team with the addition of Clint Medlen. Clint joins BioSafe as the T&O and Horticulture Technical Representative for Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Born and raised in Texas, Clint currently lives in Dallas.

A graduate of Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Clint holds a BS in agricultural development. His most recent work has been as an account manager for high-end residential landscape services at Southern Botanical. His strong background in turf grass management and integrated pest management will make him a true asset to the BioSafe team.

When asked about why he was drawn to BioSafe Systems, Clint says, “I have always wanted a career relating to agricultural chemicals and integrated pest management. I believe proper chemical and cultural practices can lead to a higher efficiency in the turf and ornamental industry and make us the leading company. I look forward to a long career here at BioSafe Systems.” When not working, Clint enjoys traveling, spending time with family, reading and experiencing the simpler things in life.

If you would like to contact Clint, please call 469-410-2144 or email cmedlen@biosafesystems.com.

BioSafe Systems: Expanding Horticulture Coverage for Colorado and Beyond

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems is proud to announce the strategic hire of Zac Ricciardi, as a Technical Sales Representative for Colorado and surrounding areas. Zac brings with him over twelve years of horticultural sales experience in the western and central regions of the USA. As an active member of the horticulture community, his wide knowledge range of crops and growing methods will be integral in aiding customers meet their goals.

Having experience as a supplier and a large-scale grower, Zac brings with him a drive for clean growing and believes in BioSafe’s mission to help growers become more sustainable without sacrificing effectiveness.

National Sales Manager, Jeff Kline, is excited to have Zac on board and to have his eagerness and problem-solving skills in the field helping growers throughout his region. “The amount of real world experience that Zac brings to the team is invaluable, I am excited to have him covering the mountain region and I am confident that he will be your go-to guy.”

When Zac isn’t spending time with growers you can find him enjoying outdoor adventures with his wife and dog. Snowboarding, fishing, and camping in the Rockies are among his favorites. He loves to see new and exciting places and to blaze new trails whenever possible.

For more information, contact BioSafe Systems at 888-273-3088 or visit www.biosafesystems.com. Zac can be reached directly at 303.518.5105 or at zricciardi@biosafesystems.com

 

BioSafe Systems Announces the Availability of AXXE® Broad Spectrum Herbicide in Canada

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems announces the availability of AXXE Broad Spectrum Herbicide across Canada. AXXE is a non-selective herbicide designed for the control or suppression of grass and broadleaf weeds, such as (but not limited to): crabgrass, pigweed, amaranth, carpetweed, and liverworts and for contact spray control or burndown of weeds and grasses for ornamentals, turf, landscapes, interiorscapes, greenhouses, and non-crop areas on farmsteads.

“AXXE Broad Spectrum Herbicide will allow growers across the country to achieve fast burndown of unwanted weeds and grasses while maintaining a sustainable program for their farms and facilities.” Says Ester Mastronardi – BioSafe Systems Technical Sales Representative based in Leamington, ON.

AXXE features Ammonium Salt of Fatty Acid, which works to penetrate the cell walls of plants which eliminates unwanted vegetation quickly by disrupting plant tissue through cell wall disruption, resulting in cease of plant growth and brown necrosis. This powerful herbicide is formulated to act fast (within 24 hours) and to biodegrade quickly, leaving no harmful residue behind.

 

For more information 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.

 

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.

 

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 named one of the top family owned companies in Connecticut

Here at BioSafe, we are very proud of our family-centric heritage and atmosphere. We are a family-run business that creates products for family-run businesses so they can, in turn, create products for families and we were honored to be named one of the top companies in our home state for doing just that.

The Hartford Business Journal awarded a select few that embody the family spirit and how it drives the culture of its employees, its customers and future generations of management in a ceremony on October 14th.

According to the company president Rob Larose,  “From why and how we choose our products based on sustainability to the family atmosphere and culture of our entire company from coast to coast, we focus on what is right and we hope that shows through our employees, our products and our customer service.

To read the entire article and learn about the other Connecticut companies that were honored please visit the digital edition of the Hartford Business Journal here: https://nebusinessmedia.uberflip.com/i/740943-family-business-awards-october-24-2016