Miller Elected to Vestaron Board

Elin D. Miller has been elected a director of Vestaron Corp. (formerly Venomix, Inc.). Miller was formerly regional administrator for Environmental Protection Agency Region 10, a presidential appointment. She also served as president and CEO of Arysta LifeScience, North America and Australasia.

Miller has held sales, marketing and senior management positions with Shell Chemical, Dow AgroSciences and Arysta LifeScience. She also has served in government positions with the California EPA, the California Department of Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. At EPA she was responsible for all aspects of enforcement and implementation of federal environmental law in Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. She also served as the executive director of the Western Agricultural Chemicals Association, incoming chairman of the National FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) and a member of the Sponsors Board and Chair of RISE (Responsibility for a Sound Environment).

Miller holds a degree in agronomy/plant protection from the University of Arizona. She was also a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship.

Miller and her husband Bill actively farm hazelnuts in Umpqua, Ore.

Sparks Named Scientist of the Year

Dow AgroSciences researcher Thomas Sparks, Ph.D., has been named Scientist of the Year by R&D Magazine, a technical trade magazine. The annual award recognizes one individual who has shown leadership in a fundamental scientific discovery that has made a significant contribution to his organization or the community within the past five years.

Sparks, a Dow AgroSciences insect management group adviser based in Indianapolis, Ind., is one of the first researchers to innovate in the area of spinosyn chemistry. He, with contributions from other Dow AgroSciences scientists, pioneered the conceptualization, discovery and advancement of spinetoram, an insecticidal natural product in the spinosyn family that was recognized with a 2008 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.

Sparks has worked at Dow AgroSciences since the company was established in 1989. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from California State University, Fresno, and a Ph.D. in entomology from University of California, Riverside.

EPA Updates

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rolled out proposed guidance for new pesticide labeling to reduce off-target spray and dust drift. The agency is also requesting comment on a petition to evaluate children’s exposure to pesticide drift. The new instructions will prohibit drift that could cause adverse health or environmental effects. Also, on a pesticide-by-pesticide basis, EPA will evaluate scientific information on risk and exposure based on individual product use patterns.

In addition to the draft notice on pesticide-drift labeling, EPA is also seeking comment on a draft pesticide drift labeling interpretation document that provides guidance to state and tribal enforcement officials. A second document provides background information on pesticide drift, a description of current and planned EPA actions, a reader’s guide explaining key terms and concepts, and specific questions on which EPA is seeking input. These documents and further information are available in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0628 at More information at

MANA Acquisition of Bold Formulators

MANA Crop Protection has acquired Bold Formulators, LLC, a custom formulator, manufacturer and packager of agrichemical products, with facilities in Tifton and Ocilla, Ga. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

MANA plans to retain the staff, assets and status of Bold as an independent contract formulator, along with the company’s name. Jim Workman will continue as president of Bold.

Bold’s existing contracts with other agrichemical companies to formulate and produce their products will be maintained, along with their independent and confidential nature.

New Products

Gowan Launches MonCoat MZ Fungicide
Gowan Co., LLC has launched MonCoat MZ fungicide under a marketing agreement with Nichino America, Inc. MonCoat MZ contains the active ingredients flutolanil and mancozeb.

Effective immediately, Gowan Co. will market MonCoat MZ fungicide in the major potato growing areas of the United States. It offers effective suppression of several key diseases in potatoes, including rhizoctonia (black scurf), Fusarium dry rot and silver scurf.

Arysta LifeScience Launches Shooter Insecticide
Arysta LifeScience North America announced the approval of Shooter, an insecticide with its new Responsive Pest Management Technology (RPM). Shooter has been approved for insect control on a large range of crops, including bulb, cucurbit, fruiting, root, tuberous and corm vegetables and sweet corn.

Through the use of RPM Technology, Shooter provides an Eco-Responsive approach to insect control and is a combination of a synthetic and an organic compound. RPM Technology is based on the identification of specific natural compounds that interfere with targeted neurological and olfactory receptors of the insect. When RPM Technology compounds come in contact with the sensors, a chain reaction is triggered that repels or kills the insect.