Syngenta Insecticide Receives Florida Label Approval

Syngenta Crop Protection’s Voliam Flexi insecticide is now registered for use in Florida. Voliam Flexi is approved for use on potatoes, pome fruit, stone fruit and grapes and features two modes of action to protect crops from chewing and sucking insects as well as lepidopteran pests. It contains chlorantraniliprole, a new mode of action from the diamide family of insecticides, and thiamethoxam, a member of the neonicotinoid class of chemistry.

Dr. Joseph Masabni

Masabni Joins Texas AgriLife Extension Service

Texas A&M University has named Dr. Joseph Masabni vegetable specialist for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. He will hold a joint position as assistant professor in the department and work with vegetable growers statewide. Masabni most recently was associate extension professor of horticulture at the University of Kentucky where he developed educational programs to improve the profitability of fruit and vegetable industries in that state. He also conducted research as part of a multiregion project to evaluate pome and stone fruit rootstocks, and he did field and greenhouse experiments on orchard floor management in tree fruits, small fruits and vegetable crops. His position fills that of Dr. Frank Daniello, AgriLife Extension vegetable production specialist who retired in 2007.

FFVA Welcomes New Board Members

The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association has appointed four new producer members to its board of directors. Hank Scott and his wife, Cindy, own Long & Scott Farms, growing sweet corn, cucumbers and other crops in the Zellwood area. Paul Allen serves as vice president of R.C. Hatton, Inc., a company that grows sweet corn and green beans in the Everglades Agricultural Area in south Florida. Charles Lucas is the president and CEO of Consolidated Citrus Limited Partnership of Fort Myers. Maurice Turgeau is president of Berry Bay Farms, a Wimauma strawberry operation and U-pick farm.

MANA Adds Ford as Area Business Manager

Makhteshim Agan of North America has added Tim Ford to its sales team as an area business manager. Ford will serve customers across Louisiana and southern Mississippi, providing channel partners with information and support regarding MANA’s portfolio of crop protection products. Ford began his career in 1987 as a sales manager with Buckman Laboratories in Memphis, Tenn., and spent the past 11 years as a technical sales representative specializing in agricultural products with AMVAC Chemical Corp.