Converted Organics Expands California Facility

Converted Organics Inc., has installed new equipment in its Gonzales, Calif., manufacturing facility to increase its capacity to accept and process food waste into organic fertilizer and soil amendment products. New food conveying and contaminant detection equipment has been installed to facilitate production of organic liquid and solid fertilizers using the company’s proprietary high-temperature liquid composting process. The HTLC system is a microbial digestion technology that processes various biodegradable food waste products into liquid and solid organic-based fertilizer.

WSPC Receives Federal Grant

The Washington State Potato Commission is among 10commodity groups sharing $324,000 in funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s specialty crop block grant program. This program was designed to enhance the competitiveness of fruit, vegetable and horticulture products. The commission received $53,443 to support a food safety training program and informational materials to help potato growers become USDA GAP certified. In awarding these funds, WSDA selected projects that build on the expertise and success of the industry, have the potential to boost the income of farming families and support economic growth in rural Washington.

New Outerwears Distributor

Outerwears, Inc. has a new West Coast distributor. Dealers can now go to Eagle Distributing in Gilbert, Ariz., for the full Outerwears product line. ‡

Tiger-Sul Expands Production

Westport, Conn.-based H.J. Baker & Bro., Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Tiger-Sul Products, have opened a new facility in Stockton, Calif., for the production of sulphur-based fertilizers. This is the company’s third production facility in North America. A fourth facility has also recently been opened in Umbogintwini, South Africa. By licensing its technology to Chemical Initiatives, the company will now be able to supply the African continent with sulphur-based fertilizers. H.J. Baker & Bro., Inc. has provided ingredients to the fertilizer and sulphur industries since 1850.

US Agriseeds Trials Inform Dealers, Growers

US Agriseeds hosted their second annual trial event in Gilroy, Calif., during August and September. Dealers and growers from different regions of the world attended to learn about the company’s newest products. The trials featured hot and sweet peppers, cucumbers, squashes, tomatoes and eggplants. US Agriseeds has established markets in Mexico and the Middle East, but the Gilroy trial grounds are part of an effort to develop the company’s domestic presence. As a part of this year’s event, product trainings were provided to all attendees, including the company’s exclusive U.S. dealers Ochoa Seed Co., Gowan Seed Co., Seedway, Keithly-Williams Seeds and Champion Seed Co. The next Gilroy trials will be held in August 2009.

IAC and Toyota Tundra Team Up

Toyota’s full-sized Tundra pickup truck has been named official truck of the International Agri-Center, home of World Ag Expo and California Antique Farm Equipment Show. Toyota’s World Ag Expo display, from February 10–12, 2009, will feature a complete lineup of 2009 Toyota trucks and SUVs, including the Tacoma and off-road-capable FJ Cruiser. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ride and drive the Tundra. Toyota’s 2009 Sequoia SUV also will be available to test drive. Toyota’s multiyear partnership with IAC allows the Tundra to become a feature at the California Antique Farm Equipment Show, along with the many other events hosted at the center.

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Research Specialist Joins FBS

Floratine BioSciences has named Harold Dou, Ph.D. as director of product quality and biology. Dr. Dou will work in the company’s manufacturing facility in Visalia, Calif., where he will be responsible for product quality and formulation and biological testing of new products. He has extensive experience in the development of innovative agrichemical products, particularly within the fruits and vegetables industry. He has worked as a research and development manager at BASF and Glico USA, and he was a research specialist with the Florida Department of Citrus and the University of Florida and at UC Davis. While there he focused in the areas of formulation development and biological testing, leading to the development of emulsified products.