California Approves Syngenta Insecticide

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has approved Syngenta Crop Protection’s Platinum 75SG insecticide for use on brassica vegetables, bush berries, cucurbit vegetables, fruiting vegetables, grapes, leafy vegetables, potatoes, root vegetables, strawberries, tobacco, and tuberous and corm vegetables. The EPA granted federal registration for Platinum 75SG in January 2008.

Platinum 75SG contains the active ingredient thiamethoxam, a second-generation neonicotinoid insecticide, and controls more than 30 sucking and chewing pests with reportedly minimal impact on beneficial insects. It was developed to replace the less-concentrated Platinum 2SC.

Potato Industry Seeks Leaders

Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 Potato Industry Leadership Institute being held February 19-26, 2009.‡The Institute is an eight-day program designed to identify, develop and cultivate new leaders within the potato industry.‡The Institute focuses on leadership development, public policy, marketing, trade, team building, public communication, presentation skills and more.‡The 2009 Institute will begin in the Columbia Basin in Oregon where participants will receive an overview of the U.S. potato industry, including domestic and international marketing.‡Tours of local production and processing will be held, in addition to exposure to the unique attributes of the growing area and market.‡Participants will then head to Washington, D.C., where the focus will move to national legislative and regulatory priorities for the U.S. potato industry and skills training.‡Training sessions will include presentation skills, leadership development, media training, and lobbying skills. For more information or for an application, potato growers and other potato industry representatives should contact Brittany Gies at the WSPC at 509-765-8845.

Bobcat Celebrates Milestone

Bobcat Company has manufactured its 750,000th skid steer loader at the company’s facility in Gwinner, N.D. The milestone was reached 50 years after the Melroe and Keller brothers partnered to introduce the Melroe self-propelled loader, later known as the Bobcat skid steer loader.

Yanmar Relocates Headquarters

Yanmar America Corporation  has moved their corporate headquarters from the Chicago area to Adairsville, Ga. The new complex will house manufacturing, engineering, marketing and administration activities supporting the company’s North American businesses, including the construction, agricultural and marine divisions. The Adairsville facility includes 480,000 square feet of production space and acreage for future expansions. The relocation coincides with the opening of the new Yanmar/Cub Cadet manufacturing facility at the same location.

Advan Announces Ownership Change

Advan  has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Sipcam Agro USA, Inc. The move is part of an ongoing effort to focus Advan on meeting the needs of key U.S. distributor customers. The Advan product family, which includes traditional and biorational products for the professional turf and ornamental, specialty agriculture and home and garden markets in the U.S. and Mexico, remains unchanged. Core Advan personnel will continue to serve customers while providing ongoing continuity and expertise for future expansion of the product portfolio.