New Ozone Equipment at Midwest Center

Produce Safety & Security International, Inc. has selected Ozone Safe Food, Inc. as its supplier of ozone equipment for its Midwest food treatment center in Ohio. The equipment will help to provide a full-service process for fresh produce, packaged produce and ready-to-eat food services. The ozone solutions provided or utilized by the company to sanitize and disinfect against food borne illness, pathogens and disease-causing bacteria meet or exceed FDA and USDA regulations.

Syngenta Renews Sponsorships

Syngenta Crop Protection has partnered with five universities to bring blight hotlines to potato growers in 2008. The annual potato blight hotlines provide growers with access to disease information. Growers can call the toll-free hotline and receive up-to-date information regarding current weather patterns, recommended control measures and disease infection confirmations. The hotlines are managed by researchers in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, North Dakota and Michigan and will be accessible around the clock.

The potato blight hotlines are available by calling: Idaho, 800-791-7195; Michigan, 888-379-9012; North Dakota, 888-482-7286; Oregon, 800-705-3377; and Washington, 800-984-7400.

Michigan Booklet Receives Award

A catalog produced by Westview Orchards and Cider Mill of Romeo, Mich. was named Outstanding Specialty Literature by the North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association. The honor was bestowed at the association’s annual conference held in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. NAFDMA members from throughout North American submitted their specialty literature; entries included posters, catalogs, coloring books and bookmarks.

Westview Orchards is a 188-acre farm that dates back to 1813 when it began as a small garden and orchard. Through the years, dairy cattle, hogs and chickens were added, and the orchard continued to expand. Farm managers Katherine Roy and her two daughters, Abigail Roy-Jacobson and Katrina Roy Schumacher represent the farms fifth and sixth generations.

Saf-T-Side Achieves OMRI Listing

Brandt Specialty Formulations’ EPA-registered spray oil, Saf-T-Side, has achieved OMRI listing. The pre-emulsified smothering oil is labeled for a broad range of crops and ornamentals. The company’s manufacturing process breaks down the oil, reducing droplet size from 700 to approximately 50 microns. When applied, the smaller oil droplets leave a thin coating of oil on the plant that is believed to be more effective in insect and disease control as well as being safer for the plant.

Penn. Growers Renew Support

Pennsylvania vegetable growers have voted to renew a producer-funded program that’s designed to grow the state’s vegetable industry through marketing, education and research. The vegetable industry contributes more than $110 million to the state’s economy, and it ranks in the top 10 nationally for produce such as corn, tomatoes and snap beans. By securing this marketing and research program, it is the hope that the state’s vegetable growers can build on that strength and better promote Pennsylvania-produced products. The Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program was established in 1989, and there are currently 1,427 members.

For vegetable production on more than five acres, producers pay $1.50 per acre. For vegetables produced in more than 5,000 square feet of greenhouse space, producers contribute $1.50 per 1,000 square feet.

The funds contributed through the program support the vegetable marketing board, which markets vegetables and funds research beneficial to the state’s vegetable industry.

Saf-T-Side Achieves OMRI Listing

Brandt Specialty Formulations’ EPA-registered spray oil, Saf-T-Side, has achieved OMRI listing. The pre-emulsified smothering oil is labeled for a broad range of crops and ornamentals. The company’s manufacturing process breaks down the oil, reducing droplet size from 700 to approximately 50 microns. When applied, the smaller oil droplets leave a thin coating of oil on the plant that is believed to be more effective in insect and disease control as well as being safer for the plant.

Kubota Promotes Safety

To bring attention to tractor and equipment safety, Kubota Tractor Corporation is tapping into the National Safety Council’s (NSC) 12th annual celebration of National Safety Month in June. Though safety should be practiced year round, Kubota’s call to action is advising families and businesses to take time this month to review safety information for tractor, mower and utility vehicle safety. Older tractors and equipment should have a rollover protection structure (ROPS) and seatbelt. Kubota has provided ROPS as standard equipment since 1985; owners of earlier models can have a ROPS and safety belt retrofit to their tractors by contacting their local dealers. According to the NSC, if all tractors were equipped with a ROPS and a seatbelt, about 350 lives would be saved each year.

Additional safety information, including a tractor safety coloring book, can be found at www.kubota.com . Owners of older model tractors can also submit their model and serial number to attain retrofit pricing from their local dealer.

OmniLytics Collaborates with Elanco

OmniLytics, Inc. of Salt Lake City, Utah has entered into a collaborative research and license agreement with Elanco, a division of Eli Lilly and Company. The agreement will combine OmniLytics’ bacteriophage technology with Elanco’s experience in product development, marketing, sales and branding. The phage-based products will assist the animal health and food production industries in the control of E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria outbreaks. OmniLytics has been treating crops in the United States with their AgriPhage product line for more than a decade. Phages are an alternative to broad-spectrum antibiotics and other chemicals in the fight against bacterial disease and contamination.

Yaklich Joins Nunhems

Hybrid seed company Nunhems U.S.A. announced the addition of Bob Yaklich as business development manager, seed technology. In this newly created position, Yaklich will work with the company’s internal research and development team. He will also work with external providers to source and implement seed technology solutions. Yaklich is a seed industry veteran who has held positions at Monsanto and Becker Underwood. He holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Iowa State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in seed technology and business.

FBS Expands Distribution to Australia

Floratine Biosciences (FBS), a developer of plant-strength technologies with headquarters in Collierville, Tenn. and manufacturing facilities in Visalia, Calif., has contracted with Superior Agronomic Solutions to manage the company’s Australian business operations and sales. Superior Agronomic Solutions, led by managing partner Ian Leonard, will be responsible for establishing field trials and research opportunities for FBS, as well as fostering new sales relationships.

Barchart Partners with Farms.com

Barchart.com, Inc., a provider of commodity market data, has partnered with Farms.com, a provider of information products and services for the global agriculture and food industries. Through their partnership, Barchart.com will provide custom Web site content including commodity quotes, advanced charts and other market information and tools.