Chemtura to Distribute Taminco Fungicide

Chemtura Corp. and Taminco, Inc. have announced an agreement to appoint Chemtura as exclusive distributor for Thiram Granuflo within the United States. Thiram Granuflo, a broad- spectrum fungicide for plant disease control on peaches and strawberries, is the newest crop protection product added to Chemtura’s portfolio. The fungicide can be applied on peaches from bloom through post-harvest to control brown rot blossom blight and fruit rot, peach leaf curl, rhizopus rot and peach scab. On strawberries, it can be used throughout the crop cycle to control gray mold. It has been used successfully for many years in integrated pest management and resistance management programs on several crops worldwide. As part of the distribution agreement, Taminco will continue to manufacture and supply all Thiram Granuflo, while Chemtura receives trademark rights and existing inventories of the fungicide.

Kioti Partners With AWS for Internet Solutions

Kioti Tractor, the tractor division of Daedong-USA, Inc., has appointed Agricultural Web Services (AWS), a division of Dominion Enterprises, as its exclusive Internet services and solutions provider for its dealer network. AWS provides Web sites and Internet marketing solutions for agricultural equipment dealers and manufacturers. As Kioti’s exclusive Internet solutions partner, AWS will provide the company’s dealers with multi branded sales sites designed to improve and facilitate communication between dealers and their prospective buyers. Each participating dealer will also receive an exclusive Kioti branded showcase. The sales sites and showcases will offer improved opportunities to convert Web site traffic into sales, track leads, gauge growth and monitor sales.

Northeast SARE Funds Research

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program recently granted $494,543 to 62 farmers, agricultural service providers, agricultural nonprofits, and other rural development groups in the Northeast. This funding effort awarded individual farmers up to $10,000 for the testing of new, interesting approaches that would improve farm sustainability. Grants ranged from $3,182 to determine whether mating disruption of the grape root borer is heavily dependent on type of trap or trap color, to $10,000 to see if easements on agricultural land can be financed through installment agreements. Other projects address how farmers can use the Internet for taking orders and collecting payments, improving honeybee health through mite control and habitat enhancement, the viability of different kinds of farm-based biofuels, and seeing whether multilevel beds in a high-tunnel structure can be managed using winches and cables for a more efficient use of space. Projects were chosen for their innovative design, sustainable approach, and potential for benefit to other farms across the region.

Extension Educator Receives IPM Award

Andy Muza, an extension educator with Penn State Cooperative Extension of Erie County, has been awarded an Excellence in IPM award by the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program. He received the award at the Lake Erie Grape Growers’ Conference.

Muza’s use of IPM techniques to reduce grape berry moth damage is one of the reasons he was recognized. The grape berry moth is considered a serious grape pest in New York and Pennsylvania; a single larva can ruin as many as a dozen grapes and leave the fruit vulnerable to rot and flies. Muza and research collaborators at Penn State and Cornell University came up with a layered strategy to combat the moth: pheromones to disrupt mating, a growth regulator to prevent the larvae from turning into adult moths, and a wasp that stings the moth eggs and lays its own eggs inside them. Although the protocol is still a work in progress, many growers in the region have stopped spraying pesticides for the moth altogether, or only spray a small area of the vineyard at high risk.

Seedway Celebrates Anniversary

Seedway marks its 45th anniversary in 2008, celebrating continued growth and over four decades of seed and service to Northeast and Mid-Atlantic growers. Founded in 1963, Seedway markets farm, turf and vegetable seed to commercial growers, including specialty and organically produced seed. Headquartered in Hall, N.Y., the seed company maintains locations in Trumansburg and Mecklenburg, N.Y.; Shoreham, Vt.; Mifflinburg, Mechanicsburg, York, Emmaus and Elizabethtown, Pa.; and Lakeland, Fla. It is a subsidiary of GROWMARK, Inc. in Bloomington, Ill.

McCormick Appoints New Territory Managers

McCormick International USA has appointed three new territory managers for the McCormick and Landini tractor lines.

Spencer Bellamy joins the McCormick team from his prior position as a territory manager for Montana Tractors. He is a graduate of North Carolina Wesleyan College and will be responsible for dealer development and sales efforts in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Clayton Thornber owned and managed a successful dealership for over 30 years. Prior to his dealership experience, he was a territory manager for Inter-national Harvester. He will cover the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

David Auten was an award-winning territory manager for Montana Tractors before joining McCormick. He is a graduate of Illinois State University and will be responsible for dealer activity in Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

New Vice President at Gehl

William Gehl, chairman and chief executive officer of Gehl Co., has appointed Ed Delaporte to the position of vice president, information technology. Delaporte previously held positions with Woods Equipment Co., Frantz Mfg., Caremark and Electrolux Home Care Products North America.

OTA Recognizes Organic Leaders

Drew and Myra Goodman, founders of Earthbound Farm in San Juan Nautista, Calif., and Ray Fuller, owner and operator of Stormy Mountain Ranch, Inc. in Chelan Wash., are recipients of 2008 Organic Trade Organization awards.

Selected for the 2008 Organic Leadership Award, the Goodmans were recognized for their business ethics and practices and for the many ways they have given back to the organic business community. To date, they have leveraged over 30,000 acres into organic production and nearly 170 organic farms have been brought under the Earth-bound organic label.

Selected for the 2008 Organic Farming Leadership Award, Fuller has a long list of activities demonstrating his commitment to supporting other growers, sharing his knowledge, and increasing the body of research to improve organic growing practices. He started transitioning his orchards to organic in 1985 and currently has 115 acres of apples, pears and cherries in organic production.