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Speaker: Ronald Valentin, Director of Technical Business, BCA at BioWorks, Inc.




Session Title:  Biocontrol Agents and Compatibility

Monday, July 12  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Description: When growers are considering biological control agents (BCAs) in their pest management program, this question always comes up: What can I still spray? This session will cover topics like bio-pesticide/pesticide and BCA’s combos, crop scheduling using Bio-pesticides and BCAs together (rooting stage or early propagation), how applications of bio-pesticides/pesticides affect your overall program and BCA’s, and determining compatibility, timing, and application techniques. Finally, we will discuss how to avoid applying traditional pesticides in the future and moving to the point where the question changes from "What can I still spray?" to "How do I avoid spraying?”.   

Level: Fundamental        Type: Diagnostics



Session Title:  Biocontrols: Q&A with an Expert Panel

 Monday, July 12  4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Description:Are you a grower currently using biocontrols and have questions about your biocontrol program? Are there strategies you would like to change or would like an expert opinion on? Do you want to here what questions other growers have? During this session, our panel of experts is here to answer all of your biocontrol program questions. Panel moderated by Matt Foertmeyer. 

Level: Progressive            Type: Diagnostics


Session Speakers, Panelists:

Matt Foertmeyer, Moderator .... Head Grower at Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse Co.
Michael Brownbridge, PANELIST .... Biological Program Manager at BioWorks, Inc.
Ronald Valentin, PANELIST .... Director of Technical Business, BCA at BioWorks, Inc.
Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, PANELIST .... Owner at Buglady Consulting

Ronald Valentin 

Director of Technical Business, BCA at BioWorks, Inc. 

Ronald Valentin was born in the heart of the greenhouse industry in the Netherlands. His family owned a greenhouse operation and his father started using biological control in 1971. At a very young age Ronald developed an interest for the “bugs” and as a teenager he was managing and producing the biological control agents for the family greenhouse operation. After finishing his education in crop protection management, biochemistry and vegetable production at State Secondary College of Agriculture in De Lier the Netherland, he embarked on a career in biological control in 1986. After working in biological control technical support in the Netherlands and several other European countries, he came to Canada for his first visit in 1996. After traveling to Canada once every 6 to 7 weeks in 1996 and 1997 he immigrated to Canada in December 1997. In March 2004 he became a Canadian Citizen. Over the years Ronald has worked with many growers to set up sustainable and effective pest management programs with as a focus to use BCA’s as a first line of defense. He also has trained and managed technical support teams in Europe, Canada and the USA. Ronald is currently Director of Technical Business, BCA at BioWorks, out of Victor, NY. Ronald is very passionate about making an IPM and biological control approach work for each and every grower as well as reducing the use of pesticides for the better of the environment and the future.

BioWorks, Inc ... For 20 years, BioWorks has been an industry leader in providing environmentally responsible, safe, and cost-effective solutions to the growing needs of the horticulture industry. BioWorks’ pesticide products are EPA Registered (unless exempt), and most are OMRI-Listed for organic growing. As the sustainability movement and the demand for biocontrols continues, BioWorks will continue to provide tools and services to help growers achieve the highest levels of insect and disease control that are safer (both for the environment and for employees.

Address:     100 Rawson Rd Ste 205 Victor, NY 14564
Email:    chayes@bioworksinc.com
Contact:     Chris Hayes
Phone:    585-820-6807    FAX:  800-877-2377

                      



For more than 17 years, BioWorks has been an industry leader in providing environmentally responsible, safe, and cost-effective solutions to the growing needs of the horticulture industry. BioWorks products are EPA Registered, and most are OMRI-Listed for organic growing. As the sustainability movement and the demand for biocontrols continues, BioWorks will continue to provide tools and services to help growers achieve the highest level of insect and foliar disease control that are safe (both for the environment and for employees) and effective.


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