Irika Lee Brings Social Media, Website Management and Other Marketing Skills to Marketing Specialist Position at Certis USA

Irika Lee
Irika Lee

Irika Lee joins Certis USA as Marketing Specialist, bringing with her skills in social media and online marketing, product and marketing strategy, and website creation and management. Lee will coordinate the sales and marketing plans for an extensive line of Certis USA biopesticide products that are used in specialty agriculture in the U.S. and Mexico and are exported to more than 40 countries.

Tim Damico, Certis USA Executive VP, NAFTA, said, “Certis USA is experiencing tremendous growth in the size of our operation, the acquisition of products and partners, and our marketing programs—all driven by product sales. Irika, who has displayed a talent for and experience in production, scheduling and planning will be a tremendous asset to help us keep our marketing resources on target and on point.”

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Certis USA to Distribute Kocide® 2000, Kocide® 3000 and ManKocide® to U.S. Specialty Agriculture Markets

The copper fungicides Kocide® 2000, Kocide® 3000 and ManKocide® are now available to growers in the U.S. exclusively from Certis USA. These Kocide products from DuPont were recently acquired by Kocide LLC, a newly established wholly owned subsidiary of Japan-based Mitsui & Co. and a sister company to Certis USA.

Kocide fungicides will continue to be produced in the current production facility in Houston, Texas and will be widely available to local dealers and growers from various Certis-established warehouses throughout the U.S., including a new third-party warehouse relationship that has been established in Lima, Ohio to service the Great Lakes region. Distributors, retailers and growers can expect to see high levels of service and support from Certis USA, as well as a renewed commitment to these popular disease-control products that have been key components in American crop production for more than 40 years.

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Anne Webster and John Wood Fill New Sales Territories For Fast-Growing Biopesticide Company Certis USA

Due to double digit growth each year in the last five, Certis USA established two new sales territories and announces new hires to fill the positions created by the demand for biopesticides. Anne Webster joins Certis USA as Regional Sales Manager-Great Lakes and John Wood is named Regional Sales Manager-CA South Central Valley. In their respective territories, Webster and Wood will be responsible for the sales and marketing of the company’s line of biopesticide products into the fruit and vegetable markets. A new third-party warehouse relationship has been established in Lima, OH to service the Great Lakes Region.

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Unprecedented Growth of Certis USA Requires More Resources

Heather Driskill joins Certis USA as Logistics and Customer Service Representative. She is responsible for providing customer service, handling shipping and receiving of orders, order entry and working with the company’s national sales team.

Heather Driskill
Heather Driskill

Driskill reports to Rob Marceron, Logistics and Customer Service Manager for Certis USA. Marceron said, “Heather has an extensive background in shipping and receiving and inventory control. Also her customer support background will add greatly to our customer service department. For many years our customer service interface was exclusively provided by Brenda Van Leeuwen. But the rapid expansion of the Certis USA business warrants the addition of a highly competent and experienced customer service representative. We now have a great ‘one-two team,’ and we’re looking forward to Heather’s contributions.”

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Rendition®, a New PAA in the Agricultural Market

Certis USA introduces Rendition®, a broad spectrum bactericide, fungicide and disinfectant, that contains a high concentration of PAA (peroxyacetic acid) with a proprietary surfactant for superior coverage. PAA is a proven control measure for treating Alternaria, Botrytis (gray mold), mildews, Fusarium and Rhizoctonia diseases, for eliminating algae and for disinfecting farm workspaces. With its high percentage (5.24%) of PAA, Rendition is an economical selection for growers who need bacterial and fungicidal control when raising tomatoes, peppers, grapes, cherries, apples, potatoes and other crops.

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BmJ WG Biological Plant Activator Submitted for Concurrent Registration Review, To Manage Disease on a Wide Variety of Agricultural Crops

After conducting two years of intensive field trials against diseases in key target crops, Certis USA has submitted BmJ WG biological plant activator for concurrent review by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Department of Pesticide Registration (CDPR) and joint review with the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) of Health Canada. Building on earlier trials by Montana State University and collaborators targeting Cercospora leaf spot of sugarbeets, potato virus Y and other important crop diseases, the Certis USA field development team found that BmJ shows excellent efficacy in the control of gummy stem blight on cucurbits, downy mildew on leafy vegetables, and late and early blights of potatoes. Based on the levels of disease control attained in trials, the proposed labeling includes uses on potatoes, sugarbeets, cucurbits, fruiting vegetables, lettuce, spinach and pecans.

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Ants Now Added to Seduce® and Bug‑N‑Sluggo® Insect Bait Labels

Ants, a damaging agricultural pest, can now be controlled with the new weatherproof version of Seduce® and Bug‑N‑Sluggo® insect baits. The U.S. EPA and California’s DPR granted expansion of the tree and vine label sections for the products which contain spinosad, a proven material for the control of ants and other soil-dwelling insects. Spinosad, derived from a naturally occurring bacterium found in soil, is manufactured for Certis USA by W. Neudorff GMbH KG of Germany. (Neudorff has a licensing agreement with Dow Agrosciences for access to spinosad.) The new improved and more weather-resistant bait provides control of several ant species and also enhances control of cutworms and earwigs. Quick acting, Seduce and Bug‑N‑Sluggo knock back ant populations in less than 48 hours. Bug‑N‑Sluggo also contains iron phosphate for the control of snails and slugs.

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Gemstar® Insecticidal Virus Now Available to Control Corn Earworm in Brazil

Certis USA L.L.C. announces its launch of the biopesticide Gemstar® insecticidal virus in Brazil for the control of corn earworm (Helicoverpa armigera), a major pest of Brazil’s cotton and soybean crops. To introduce Gemstar to Brazil, Certis USA worked closely with its Brazilian development and distribution partners Bio Controle of Indaituba and Iharabras S/A Chemical Industries of Sorocaba.

Corn earworm is responsible for billions of dollars in losses last year to Brazil’s cotton and soybean crops. First identified in northeastern Brazil two years ago, corn earworm is now damaging cotton, soybeans, corn and bean crops in 10 states. This April the Brazilian state of Bahia declared a state of emergency, and the Brazilian government has granted emergency approval for the use of Gemstar to control corn earworm on cotton and soybean crops.

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Certis USA and Kumiai Chemical Launch Advanced Biofungicides Worldwide

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Certis USA and Kumiai Chemical Industry Co. LTD of Tokyo, Japan, today announce the global launch of a new generation of bacterial biofungicides based on Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain D747 (Ba D747). Kumiai scientists discovered and patented the Ba D747 strain, the active ingredient used in Kumiai’s Ecoshot® product in Japan. In 2010, Kumiai licensed the Ba D747 strain to Certis USA for global development.

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Novel® Fungicide is Novel, Unique Homeowner Product for Use on Turf and Gardens

A biofungicide with a new mode of action so unique it is named Novel® fungicide will be available for homeowner use as early as year-end 2014. The new disease control product for use on residential turf, landscapes, fruit trees and vegetable gardens will be available at local home and garden centers and features an environmentally and family friendly profile. Availability of Novel fungicide is a result of a collaborative effort between Certis USA L.L.C. and Kaken Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, to market a new 0.5%SC formulation of Novel fungicide to Certis USA distribution partners who service the residential markets. Certis USA will market Novel fungicide as a concentrate to be mixed in water or fertilizer solutions plus the concentrate can be used as a Ready-to-Spray (RTS) formulation to easily treat home lawns for broad-spectrum control of foliar diseases, such as Rhizoctonia brown patch. Novel fungicide also controls Alternaria (leaf blight, early blight), Botrytis (blight, grey molds), powdery mildew and other diseases effecting homeowner shrubs, trees, fruit and vegetable gardens.

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Summit Agro Mexico to Introduce Double Nickel® 55 Fungicide/ Bactericide Under New Marketing Agreement with Certis USA

Effective April 1, 2014, Summit Agro Mexico S.A. de C.V. (SAM) receives exclusive marketing rights for eight biopesticide products from Certis U.S.A. L.L.C., a leading North American-based biopesticide company. The new marketing partnership and distribution agreement includes Double Nickel® 55 fungicide/ bactericide, which recently received COFERPRIS approval, and represents its introduction to the Mexican agricultural market. SAM is a company of Sumitomo Corporation. Certis USA is a company wholly owned by Mitsui & Co.*

“Two years ago, Double Nickel had a successful introduction in the U.S. and sales there continue to climb,” said Jorge Fernandez, General Manager of SAM. “We are now pleased we can offer Double Nickel 55 to Mexican growers who will value its highly potent and novel fungicidal B.a. strain (Ba D747) active ingredient. It is a product that is highly efficacious and can be used at low rates and at low costs.”

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