Industry Veteran Scarborough Dies

Stanley Scarborough

Stanley Scarborough, 57, berry industry veteran, died April 29, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. Scarborough was a dedicated leader in the fruit and vegetable industry. He began in the berry industry in 1988, working with Donnie Morris at Baxley Sunbelt. Prior to joining SunnyRidge, Scarborough was partner and manager of Appling Farms in his hometown of Baxley, Ga. In 2001, he joined SunnyRidge Farm and continued to run the Baxley farm, newly named Blueberry Farms of Georgia. In 2004, Scarborough was appointed operations manager at SunnyRidge Farm. He was also a pioneer of the Georgia and North Carolina blackberry program for SunnyRidge Farm.

Scarborough also served on the North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association (NARBA) board of directors and was most recently elected to serve a two-year term as the Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association president. Prior to his election as president, Scarborough was a longtime member of the GFVGA, serving three years as a board director, two years as second vice president and two years as first vice president.

The Mixon family has established a memorial fund in honor of Scarborough; funds will be used for the continued betterment of the berry industry. SunnyRidge Farm, Inc. will be matching each donated dollar. Donations can be made to the Stanley Scarborough Memorial Fund and sent to P.O. Box 3036, Winter Haven, FL 33885.

Ag Census Data Available by Congressional District

Information from the 2007 Census of Agriculture is now available at the congressional district level in online profiles published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

The congressional district profiles show changes in key areas since the last census was taken in 2002. They include data on such things as the number of farms and acres in farmland; the demographics of local farmers; livestock inventory and crop production; and total sales of agricultural products.

The Census of Agriculture, conducted every five years, is a complete count of the nation’s farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It provides the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every county in the nation. For more information about the Census and to access the congressional district profiles, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.

Haygrove British Tour

Haygrove Tunnels invites American growers to join its annual tour of British tunnels, September 27-30. This tour highlights cost-effective production methods, tunnel innovations and research results.

Sign-up deadline is August 14. Rates: $599, double occupancy, $699, single; airfare not included. Call 866-HAYGROVE or visit www.tunnelbuzz.com.

KIOTI Hires Pettus

KIOTI Tractor announces the addition of David Pettus to its product support team. Pettus will be responsible for assisting KIOTI dealers with telephone technical support and warranty claims from KIOTI’s corporate offices in Wendell, N.C. His territory of responsibility includes those dealers in the states of Utah, Colorado, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia.

Pettus has over 20 years experience in the technical support and service arenas. He holds five certifications for servicing diesel equipment from Pitt Community College in Greenville, N.C.

Monsanto, BASF Scientists Discover Gene Conferring Drought Tolerance in Corn

Monsanto Co. and BASF scientists unveiled the discovery that a naturally occurring gene can help corn plants combat drought conditions and confer yield stability during periods of inadequate water supplies.

The drought-tolerant corn contains the cspB gene, from Bacillus subtilis. CspB codes for an RNA chaperone, which are commonly occurring protein molecules that bind to RNAs and facilitate their function. In corn, cspB works by helping the plant maintain growth and development during times of inadequate water supply.

Monsanto and BASF noted that the drought-tolerant corn product is targeted for as early as 2012, pending appropriate regulatory approvals.

Nutrients for Life Foundation Taps Kyle as Rep in Florida

The Nutrients for Life Foundation announces the selection of Joan Kyle as its first regional representative. Kyle, a veteran of the agribusiness community and avid education volunteer, will provide educational, grassroots and public awareness services in the state of Florida. Her primary emphasis will be to work with educators in the school system in the promotion of the foundation’s plant and soil science curriculum.

Kyle was employed for 25 years with Diamond R Fertilizer Co., with an additional five years of experience in the agribusiness community. She is currently active in the Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association, Florida Ag in the Classroom and the Kiwanis Club of Clermont.

More information about the Nutrients for Life Foundation can be viewed at www.nutrientsforlife.org.

Rivers Associates to Represent Amiad in Southern Irrigation Markets

Amiad Filtration Systems announced that Rivers Associates of Chapin, S.C., has signed on as a manufacturer’s representative in the irrigation market. With the help of Hall Marketing and Tag Waterworks, Rivers Associates will sell Amiad’s filtration systems in the irrigation market in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.

To contact Rivers Associates, call Wayne Smalley at 800-225-6078.

More information about the Nutrients for Life Foundation can be viewed at www.nutrientsforlife.org.

Farm Works Unveils New Web Site

Farm Works Software has re-vamped its Web site, www.farmworks.com. Customers can quickly navigate through products and view updated thumbnails of features. The support area includes an overhaul in tutorials, detailed manuals, FAQs and discussion boards. Customers can use the Feature Finder tool to gain more information about new features with screen shots. Enhancements in placing orders include a shopping cart, a purchase wizard, the order history finder and even greater security.

Dealers will find printable product brochures, graphics, pricing, policies and important news about upcoming events. Purchasing has been streamlined to accommodate dealer pricing levels when placing orders online. Dealers can also share ideas and experiences by using the dealer discussion groups.