Floyd Elected Chairman of Potato Co-op

Allen Floyd, of Othello, Wash., was elected chairman of the grower co-op United Potato Growers of America. The potato grower and partner of Harvest Fresh and HF Farms has served on the United board of directors as the chair of United Potato Growers of Washington and Northeast Oregon for the last three years, and as vice chairman of United Potato Growers of America for the last year.

Harris to Participate in Ag/Forestry Leadership Program

Matt Harris, director of trade with Washington State Potato Commission, has been selected to participate in an 18-month agriculture and forestry leadership development program. Harris will attend 14 seminars over a two-year period designed to enhance leadership skills and increase motivation to contribute to the natural resource industries of Washington State. The seminars are jointly sponsored by institutions of higher education and agriculture and forestry related businesses.

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.  

MOI Asian Tree Extract for Organic Pesticide

In an agreement signed with JCS, Inc. of Osaka, Japan, Marrone Organic Innovations has obtained the rights to utilize certain JCS patents and toxicology data to develop new pesticides for conventional and organic farmers. The JCS technology obtained by MOI involves a compound for controlling bacteria and molds that is extracted from an Asian tree species. JCS has commercialized products, including hand sanitizers, antibacterial hand towels and antifungal eardrops for dogs and cats, from this patented extract. MOI intends to develop the extract into sprayable products that control various fungal and bacterial diseases of plants as well as products that kill weeds.

New President at Crary Industries

Crary Industries, Inc., a subsidiary of ECHO, Inc.,  announced that  Chuck Crary  has stepped down from his role as president to become chairman of the board. Keith Nilson, formerly vice president of operations at Crary, has replaced him.

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).

INCOTEC Appoints New Sales Manager

Integrated Coating and Seed Technology, Inc. has appointed Bradley J. Kortsen as sales and marketing manager. Based in Salinas, Calif., Kortsen will be responsible for the management of all sales and marketing activities in North America. He will have direct sales responsibility for all vegetable seed technology sales with INCOTEC customers in the Western U.S. and Mexico.  Fern Larose assumes the position of senior account manager with emphasis on INCOTEC’s business in Eastern U.S. and Canada. Jeff Weber continues to focus on film coat liquid sales in the Midwest.

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. Overall, nearly 80 percent of New Holland-branded products with diesel engines are now available to operate on B100 biodiesel. Other suppliers of diesel engines used in New Holland-branded products have been asked to test and approve higher levels of biodiesel. Only high-quality biodiesel produced to ASTM D6751 standards from a reputable supplier should be used. Details of the models that can run on B100, as well as New Holland’s requirements and recommendations to do so safely, are available from New Holland dealers or at www.newholland.com/na/biodiesel.

ACI Promotes Hanson

Agri-Cover, Inc. has promoted Joy Hanson to marketing manager. Hanson will manage and coordinate all media relations, product literature, and ACI’s Web site. She joined ACI in 2005.

Batcha Joins OTA

The Organic Trade Association has appointed Laura Batcha to the position of director of marketing and public relations. Batcha has been a member of the natural and organic business community for over 15 years, most recently serving in leadership positions at Tom’s of Maine.