O.A. Newton Relocates to Bergen, N.Y.

O.A. Newton, a family-owned irrigation business for over 90 years, is proud to announce its new location in Bergen, N.Y. In March of 2007, O.A. Newton acquired the irrigation division of Cummings and Bricker in Batavia, N.Y., and operated from Cumming’s facility in Batavia for the remainder of the season. In September, Newton relocated to Bergen.

IPM Travel Grants for NortheasternEducators

The Northeast Vegetable IPM Working Group, funded by the Northeastern IPM Center, is offering an Educator Exchange Program that will pay up to $800 for qualified expenses to help agricultural professionals in the Northeast learn about and share IPM practices in vegetables and strawberries.  The program is open to vegetable and/or strawberry specialists, cooperative extension educators or county agents, growers, crop consultants, government agency staff, agricultural professionals in nonprofit organizations, or anyone who will be in contact with many vegetable or strawberry growers. All applicants must reside in a northeastern state, and travel must occur before September 1, 2008. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. For complete information, download the request for applications at www.northeastipm.org.

Siegers Adopts ISF Codes

Siegers Seed Company has adopted a companywide adaptation to the International Seed Federation’s recommended codes for pest organisms in vegetable crops. This listing of codes is reviewed and updated yearly by the working group established by the ISF vegetable and ornamental crops section. It is available for review on the Siegers Seed Company Web site www.siegers.com as well as the International Seed Foundation’s Web site www.worldseed.org.  

Massachusetts’ Specialty Crops Receive Grants

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources has awarded grants to the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association and the New England Apple Association. Supported by the USDA, the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is designed to advance specialty crops through means such as research, marketing, trade enhancement, food safety and security, plant health programs, education, “buy local” programs, improved efficiency, environmental conservation, and product development.  The Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association’s Healthy Benefits Initiative received $20,500 to develop multi-media materials that document the health benefits of cranberries, explain the daily intake necessary to obtain these benefits, and provide recipes. The New England Apple Association’s E-Commerce for Massachusetts Apple Growers Program received $20,000 to develop links on major Internet search engines for those seeking information about locally grown apples. Additional grants went to the Mass-achusetts Flower Growers Association Consumer Awareness Initiative, the New England Departments of Agriculture Harvest New England Initiative, and a Culinary Tourism Initiative within the DAR.

New Area Manager at MANA

Tim Book has joined Makhteshim Agan of North America, Inc.’s national sales team. Book is the company’s newest area business manager and is in charge of providing distributors, retailers and growers across all of Iowa and Missouri with information and support. He earned his designation as a Certified Crop Advisor during 13 years of sales service with Ciba-Geigy, which became Novartis in 1996 and formed Syngenta in 2000. He has also established planning and marketing credentials through positions with Mycogen, a division of Dow Chemical, as a district channel manager and with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, where he has worked as a territory manager for the past four years. In his new position with MANA, Book will be based in Kansas City, Mo.

IA Honors Eckstein and Hamisch

The Irrigation Association has awarded the IA Industry Achievement Award to two men who have shown dedication and leadership in the irrigation industry.

Gershon Eckstein of Drip Irrigation Systems is credited with numerous irrigation patents, including a patent for a method of manufacturing pipes with the integrated dripper units. Fred Hamisch, president of Hydratech, is founding member of the Irrigation Dealers Association of California and drove the effort to expand the organization’s reach as it became the California Agricultural Irrigation Association. Among other things, Hamisch has been involved in the design and installation of irrigation systems in the Middle East, Mexico, South America and Asia.

New Holland Supports Use of Biodiesel

New Holland has announced its support for the use of B100 biodiesel in all equipment with New Holland-manufactured diesel engines, including electronic injection engines with common rail technology. Nearly 80-percent of New Holland-branded products with diesel engines are now available to operate with B100 biodiesel that is produced to ASTM D6751 standards. Details of the models that can run on B100, as well as requirements and recommendations to do so safely, are available from New Holland dealers or on the company’s Web site at www.newholland.com/na.

Elam Joins Siegers’ Seed Consultant Team

Jim Elam  has joined Siegers Seed Company’s team of seed consultants and is available to help commercial growers in Tennessee, Kentucky, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas and Southern Indiana and Illinois. Elam grew up on a dairy farm and has a degree in agriculture from the University of Tennessee at Martin.  He has worked in the agriculture industry for over 25 years and is a past president of Tennessee Ag Production Association. His history includes working for Tennessee Farmers Co-op, Henry Farmers Co-op, Terra, and EDEN Bioscience.  

Doosan Acquires Businesses from Ingersoll Rand

Doosan Infracore has completed the acquisition of the Bobcat, Utility Equipment and Attachments businesses from Ingersoll Rand Company, Ltd.. The three entities will operate as individual businesses of Doosan Infracore International, a U.S.-based subsidiary of Doosan Infracore, and will be known as Bobcat, Doosan Infracore Portable Power (formerly Ingersoll Rand Utility Equipment), and DII Attachments (formerly Ingersoll Rand Attachments).  The company now has a combined network of over 3,500 dealers worldwide and 20 manufacturing plants in the U.S., Europe and China.

Mexico’s GBM Purchased by Arysta

Arysta LifeScience Corporation has acquired Grupo Bioquímico Mexicano, S.A. de C.V., a Mexican manufacturer and marketer of inputs for the fruit and vegetable market. The purchase includes GBM and its subsidiaries, affiliated real estate and employee service companies, as well as its formulation and manufacturing facilities in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, Mexico.

John Deere Clarifies Position on Biodiesel

Due to the variety of standards that exist in the diesel engine industry and in response to questions from various markets, John Deere Power Systems has clarified its position on the use of biodiesel in its diesel engines. While 5 percent blends (B5) are preferred, biodiesel concentrations up to a 20 percent blend (B20) in petroleum diesel fuel can be used in John Deere engines through Tier 3/Stage III A models, including all non-emissions-certified engines. Biodiesel blends up to B20 can be used only if the biodiesel (100 percent biodiesel or B100) meets ASTM D6751 (U.S.), EN 14214 (EU) or equivalent specification. Biodiesel users are strongly encouraged to purchase biodiesel blends from a BQ-9000 Certified Marketer and to source from a BQ-9000 Accredited Producer, as certified by the National Biodiesel Board. Certified Marketers and Accredited Producers can be found at www.bq-9000.org. John Deere-approved fuel conditioners containing detergent/dispersant additives, such as John Deere Premium Biodiesel Fuel Conditioner, are recommended when using lower biodiesel blends but are required when using B20 blends.  

Sakata Aids Watermelon Association

Sakata Seed America, Inc. is in a new promotion of its triploid watermelon variety, Sweet Treasure.  For every unit of Sweet Treasure seed sold through July 2008, Sakata will make a donation to the National Watermelon Association.  

New Staff at Exosect

Exosect, a provider of IPM solutions, has expanded its QA Logistics team with the appointment of two new members of staff. Tony Ray is the new quality control and assurance manager and his role at Exosect will include the analysis of all product lines to ensure they are correctly formulated and to develop the required validation methods for new formulations. Phil Jeffrey takes on the role of supply chain manager and will look after all aspects of product supply and shipping.  

Committee to Enhance Produce Traceability

Representatives of more than 30 companies have been appointed to serve on the steering committee of the Produce Traceability Initiative, an industry-led effort to enhance traceability throughout the supply chain. The initiative was launched in October by the Produce Marketing Association, Canadian Produce Marketing Association, and United Fresh Produce Association. The steering committee will be chaired by Cathy Green, chief operating officer of Food Lion, LLC. The initiative is in recognition of the need for a consistent, whole-chain traceability solution, and the steering committee will develop an action plan to help the industry meet this challenge. Participating companies currently confirmed to serve on the steering committee include seven foodservice buyers (Amerifresh; Applebee’s International; Markon Cooperative, Inc.; McDonald’s; Pro*Act; Sysco Corporation; U.S. Foodservice); nine retail buyers (Food Lion; H-E-B; W. Newell & Co.; The Kroger Co.; Loblaws, Safeway Stores, Inc.; Schnuck Markets, Inc.; Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Wegmans Food Markets); and 17 produce suppliers (Quebec Apple Packers; B.C. Tree Fruits Limited; Ballantine Produce Co., Inc.; C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.; Dole Food Company, Inc.; Domex Superfresh Growers; Driscoll’s; Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Inc.; Fresh Express, Inc.; Fresh Innovations LLC.; Frontera Produce Ltd.; Naturipe Farms LLC.; The Oppenheimer Group; Pandol Brothers, Inc.; Ready Pac Produce; River Ranch Fresh Foods LLC.; and Tanimura and Antle).