Plant Health

US Bill Would Streamline Development of Biostimulants

U.S. Reps. Jimmy Panetta (D-California) and Rep. Jim Baird (R-Indiana), recently introduced the Plant Biostimulant Act to Congress. The legislation would create a uniform process for approving commercial plant biostimulant use and require more federal... more »

BioWorks Names Chris Rose as Product Manager

Chris Rose has been named product manager at BioWorks, where he will help launch new products and services for existing and new core customers. Rose joins the BioWorks marketing... more »

BioWorks Names Spampinato as Senior Product Manager

David Spampinato has been named senior product manager at BioWorks, which provides expertise and safe, environmentally-responsible products for plant and soil health. In his... more »

OxiDate Now Proven to Not Harm Pollinators

BioSafe Systems recently had the label for its OxiDate bactericide/fungicide expanded. OxiDate 5.0 can be used in agriculture as well as ornamental plants to kill algae, bacteria, and fungi. The label stipulation that prevented it... more »

Dr. Bugs — Insect and Mite Pests Feeding Behaviors and Plant Damage

Answer: The two major feeding behaviors of insect and mite pests of greenhouse-grown horticultural crops are chewing and piercing-sucking. Insects with chewing mouthparts consume portions of leaves, flowers, roots, or entire plant parts by ingesting... more »

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BASF to ‘Wind Down’ Non-ag Activities in Russia, Belarus

BASF on April 27 said it would “wind down” business activities in Russia and Belarus that don’t support food production, doing so in connection with international sanctions. BASF announced in early March it would not... more »

From the left are Andy Lee, Juan Ferreira, Matt Plitt, and Ted Melnik.

Valent Group of Companies Appoints New Leaders

Sumitomo Chemical Company (SCC), parent company of Valent U.S.A and Valent BioSciences, has announced senior executive appointments in its family of companies. Matt Plitt, executive vice president and... more »

OHP Names New VP, Adds Technical Manager

OHP Inc., an American Vanguard Co., has promoted Ron Ostrander to vice president of commercial operations, and added Sam Drahn as technical manager. In his new role, Ostrander will direct all commercial efforts for OHP,... more »