SePRO Welcomes Troy Coker as our Turf, Landscape & Ornamental Technical Specialist in the Great Lakes Territory

Please welcome Troy Coker to SePRO as the new Technical Specialist for Turf, Landscape & Ornamental in the Great Lakes Territory (IN, KY, OH, MI).
 
Troy comes to SePRO with many years of experience having served as a Golf Course Superintendent as well as sales roles with both distribution and manufacturing. We look forward to having him on board to help support SePRO’s valuable customers and expand our business in the Great Lakes Territory.
 
You can reach Troy on his mobile number at 317-495-8861 or by email at troyc@sepro.com. Please welcome Troy to the SePRO Team!

SePRO Welcomes New Turf and Landscape Technical Specialist

Please welcome Scott Todd, our new Turf and Landscape Technical Specialist. Scott will be covering the state of Florida.

Scott is a native Floridian and graduate of the University of Florida with B.S. in Horticulture Science.  Scott is a proven industry professional with 19 years of experience as a research technician, farm supervisor, grower specialist and sales manager in the Southeastern US. 

We are excited to have Scott join the SePRO team.  His expertise and passion for problem solving will provide our customers a valuable resource to advance their management programs.  Scott looks forward to serving the turf and landscape markets in Florida.  You can reach him on his mobile, 386-281-9964 or by email at scottt@sepro.com.

SePRO announces promotion of Dr. Mark Heilman to Director of Aquatic Research

For his successful efforts to lead the discovery and implementation of innovative technology and methods for aquatic plant management, SePRO Corporation announces the promotion of Dr. Mark Heilman to Director of Aquatic Research.

In his almost 20-year career with SePRO, Dr. Heilman has helped identify, develop, and register multiple new aquatic technologies. He was instrumental in the development of ProcellaCOR®, the newest and most advanced technology for invasive aquatic plant management. Prior to that, he led research efforts on Galleon® and innovative formulations of Sonar®. He has also provided technical support to numerous federal, state, and local public agencies and their management of invasive aquatic vegetation. Dr. Heilman has assisted hydrilla management, eradication and/or containment in complex sensitive freshwater systems around the country. Through collaborative published research and documentation of management outcomes, Dr. Heilman has also improved small and large-scale control strategies for invasive Eurasian and hybrid watermilfoil. Additionally, he has partnered with international scientists to investigate potential new management methods.

He is a past President of the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society (NEAPMS) and current President of the national Aquatic Plant Management Society (APMS). Dr. Heilman previously received awards for his research and technical contributions from both Societies.

“SePRO has a unique commitment to providing innovative solutions and technical stewardship of its products. I look forward to working with a great research team and other University and government scientists in developing additional novel strategies and methods for invasive species and harmful algae management,” says Dr. Mark Heilman.

“SePRO continues to invest significantly in the development of technologies for lake and pond management under its Procella Water Resource Solutions discovery platform,” said Dr. Tyler Koschnick, Vice President of Sales and Research. “We look forward to the impact of Mark’s leadership on our technical advancement as we focus on developing and introducing several new aquatic technologies in the coming years”.

SePRO Welcomes New Ornamental Technical Specialist

Please welcome Ben Gomez-Soto as our new Western Ornamental Technical Specialist.  Ben will be covering the states of AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, and WA. 

Ben received a B.S. in Agricultural and Environmental Plant Science from California Polytechnic State University.  While attending the University he worked on an undergraduate research project and authored the paper: Host plant resistance to Macrophomina crown rot and Verticillium wilt in strawberry cultivars and elite selections.  Ben has completed three internships during his university career.  Ben says, “I am really interested in understanding the biology and ecology of pests so that I can create better management solutions.” When not solving agronomic problems, Ben is a die-hard Los Angeles Chargers fan (1 of 19), he loves pretending he can play golf, and spending time with family. 

Please welcome Ben to the SePRO Team.  He looks forward to serving the ornamental Market with SePRO’s solutions, customer service, and technical support. You can reach Ben on his mobile, 805-680-6860 or by email at benjaming@sepro.com.

SePRO Corporation to Market Isagro’s Bio-Tam® 2.0 in the US

SePRO Corporation and Isagro S.p.A., are pleased to announce an agreement under which SePRO will market the Isagro Trichoderma based biofungicide to agricultural crop markets across the United States.  

Bio-Tam® 2.0 is part of the next generation of biofungicides with a proven combination of two species of beneficial Trichoderma fungi.  Bio-Tam 2.0, formulated as a wettable powder, is used in the management of soilborne diseases including the following: Fusarium spp., Phytophthora spp., Pythium spp., Rhizoctonia spp., Sclerotinia spp., Sclerotium rolfsii, Thielaviopsis basicola, and Verticillium spp., as well as Armillaria spp. and Rosellinia spp.  

Bio-Tam 2.0 is currently labeled for use on numerous row crops, vegetables including brassicas, cucurbits, fruiting and leafy vegetables, and a host of berry and tree crops.  It is an effective tool to reduce the stress of disease infections associated with many soil-borne pathogens.  Bio-Tam 2.0 aggressively colonizes the crop roots and surrounding soil.  It acts as a protectant, forming a barrier that is antagonistic to disease infection.  Bio-Tam 2.0 also attacks the pathogen cell walls with enzymes that actively inhibit disease infection.

SePRO currently markets the same Trichoderma based biofungicide into the Turf, Ornamental and Greenhouse markets under the Obtego® brand.  “We are extremely excited about bringing this technology into the Specialty Agriculture market,” says Sam Barrick, Vice President of Marketing for SePRO.  “Our customers are seeing outstanding results in Ornamental applications, and you can feel the momentum building behind Obtego.  We intend to utilize our experiences there to springboard into other arenas.  Granted the markets are distinctly different, but the performance of this technology is some of the best in the industry and translates well across all segments”.

In addition to its below-ground activity, Bio-Tam 2.0 has demonstrated activity against the Esca complex of grapevine wood diseases, particularly Phaeomoniella spp.  By colonizing the pruning wounds, Bio-Tam 2.0 forms a shield that prevents pathogenic fungi from spreading within the plant following pruning.  “We see Bio-Tam 2.0 becoming a valuable tool for vineyards up and down the west coast,” says Dave Owens, Business Development Leader for SePRO.  “This will be SePRO’s first entry into Specialty Agriculture markets, with several more products to quickly follow in the next few years.  Growers will certainly hear more from SePRO in the coming months.”

About SePRO Corporation

SePRO Corporation is dedicated to discovering and developing sustainable solutions. Founded in 1994, SePRO’s mission is to provide plant protection and plant management products and services that fit specialized market needs. The company acquires, develops, manufactures, and markets value-added products and services that satisfy the unique needs of their customers. In addition, SePRO has partnered with several of the top agriculture chemical companies to develop chemistries for use in SePRO’s key markets. Central to that product innovation is the 410-acre SePRO Research & Technology Campus (SRTC) in Whitakers, NC.

About Isagro S.p.A.

Isagro S.p.A. is an independent company from 1993 listed on the Milan Stock Exchange since. Today Isagro leads a Group operating in research, development, production, and distribution of agro pharmaceutical (the products for the protection and development of crops) with sales in 80 countries amounting around € 150 million (of which 4/5 outside Italy) and around 650 employees worldwide. Isagro is based on the Innovative Research of new molecules, carried out in its Research Center of Novara, and invests in R, I&D activities around 10% of annual turnover. The Group has 5 manufacturing sites (4 in Italy and 1 in India) and distributes directly its products in some selected markets, developing at the same time local presences for marketing and regulatory support.

SePRO is pleased to introduce a new Regulatory Affairs Manager

SePRO is pleased to announce the addition of Beth Sullivan as Regulatory Affairs Manager.  Beth’s passion for regulatory affairs spans almost 20 years.  She says, “Working in regulatory affairs allows me to help others through my attraction to complex challenges.”  Beth received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health Science from Purdue University. 

Her previous role as a Product Regulatory Manager afforded her with many unique opportunities including product stewardship and education.  She served on different regulatory task forces and worked on a project that supported the Zika virus effort in many South and Central American countries. 

“Beth brings a history of strong leadership and teamwork that will make her an integral member of our product development team.  Her passion and knowledge of regulatory, coupled with her strong market awareness, will definitely make her a key contributor as we invest substantially into the future of our business” said Dr. Tyler Koschnick, SePRO’s Vice President of Sales and Research.

 

SePRO Corporation announces a strategic partnership with Excellere Partners

Carmel, IN, Tuesday, February 12, 2019 – Bill Culpepper, President & CEO of SePRO Corporation announced today that Excellere Partners, a private equity firm focused on partnering with entrepreneurs and management teams, has made a strategic investment in SePRO Corporation.

Patrick O’Keefe, Partner at Excellere Partners stated, “Excellere was in search of partnership opportunities in the agricultural and water segments of the specialty chemicals industry that offer a solution comprised of high-performance products and proprietary technical services – SePRO fits these criteria perfectly. Founder Bill Culpepper is a recognized leader in the industry and has built a strong management team with a shared commitment to offering customers the most effective solutions in the market. As a result, SePRO is poised to continue its strong organic growth while also leveraging Excellere’s resources to pursue partnership opportunities and acquisitions in the industry.”

Over the past 25 years, SePRO has established itself as an innovator of specialty products and services that satisfy the unique needs of its customers. The company offers products that manage invasive weeds and algae in aquatic environments, plant growth regulators, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides for the turf and greenhouse markets, as well as herbicides for the specialty agriculture markets. SePRO has a robust pipeline of new products in development including multiple novel biologic solutions.

Bill Culpepper said, “An exciting opportunity exists for SePRO to create additional value to customers across the markets we serve by expanding the breadth and depth of our products and services. It is clear to us that Excellere supports SePRO’s commitment to solving its customer’s most complex challenges. SePRO anticipates the Excellere partnership will enable the successful next phase of the company’s growth.”
 
Since its beginning, SePRO has invested to create research, manufacturing and marketing capabilities to serve its customers. The partnership with Excellere will provide resources to enhance and accelerate the company’s growth opportunities. SePRO and Excellere intend to implement a multi-faceted growth strategy comprised of investments that further enhance SePRO’s infrastructure; continued penetration of its existing products; commercialization of a pipeline of new technologies; and complementary partnerships with other leading agricultural and water-focused specialty chemical businesses.

About SePRO Corporation 
SePRO Corporation is dedicated to discovering and developing sustainable solutions. Founded in 1994, SePRO’s mission is to provide plant protection and plant management products and services that fit specialized market needs. The company acquires, develops, manufactures, and markets value-added products and services that satisfy the unique needs of their customers. In addition, SePRO has partnered with several of the top agriculture chemical companies to develop chemistries for use in SePRO’s key markets. Central to that product innovation is the 410-acre SePRO Research & Technology Campus (SRTC) in Whitakers, NC.

About Excellere Partners
Excellere Partners is a Denver-based private equity firm with $1.36 billion of committed capital across Fund I, Fund II and Fund III, specializing in partnering with entrepreneurs and management teams. The firm employs a proven research-driven, top-down investment strategy, and supports its entrepreneurs and management teams with a proprietary value creation process designed to enhance corporate and operational infrastructure for scalability and growth. Excellere’s investments are focused on differentiated and growth-oriented companies positioned to benefit from industry consolidation and favorable macro-economic and demographic trends. Excellere’s targeted industry sectors include industrial technology and specialty chemicals; healthcare services and products; energy, power, and infrastructure services and products; and business services.  For more information about Excellere, please visit https://www.excellerepartners.com

SePRO is Pleased to Welcome Dr. Erika Van Goethem to its Aquatic Research Program.

On January 2, 2019, Dr. Erika Van Goethem will begin as an Aquatic Technology Development Scientist based out of the SePRO Research and Technology Campus (SRTC) in North Carolina. Erika will be responsible for research, development, and technical support of SePRO products and product concepts in selected US geographies. Erika recently received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina (UNC)—Chapel Hill having previously earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Eastern Michigan University.

Along with her research and associated publication efforts, Erika was a teaching assistant for 4 years at UNC and focused on education and outreach activities to enhance awareness of science issues serving as chief editor of UNC’s The Pipettepen scientific blog. She is also certified in Science Communication by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Prior to and during her studies, she worked for a lake management firm in Michigan serving numerous roles from client communications, application of algaecides/herbicides, water quality monitoring and permit planning and execution.

“We are pleased to expand the SePRO Aquatics Research team with the addition of Dr. Van Goethem. She brings a unique perspective and skill set to our research team and aquatics industry with her scientific training and personal working experience.”, said Dr. Mark Heilman, SePRO's Senior Aquatics Technology Leader.

Welcome, Dr. Van Goethem and best wishes as you begin a new journey of advancing the science of water resource management.

SePRO Welcomes New Technical Specialist

SePRO extends a warm welcome to Ryan Van Goethem as the Technical Specialist for the Great Plains & Mountain Territory, covering the Aquatics and Turf & Landscape markets.

Ryan has recently completed his MS in Biology at Michigan Technological University. His research focused on the Effects of Invasive Macrophytes on Littoral Primary Producers in North-Temperate Lakes. In addition, Ryan has worked for many years at his father’s lake management business located in Michigan. This experience provided an extensive exposure to operational treatments of lakes and ponds and, coupled with his education, positions him for an impactful and rapid start at SePRO.

Ryan's first day was October 16th and he will be relocating to the Denver, Colorado area by the end of October.

You can reach Ryan at his mobile, 303-229-9622 or by email at ryanv@sepro.com.  Please welcome Ryan to the SePRO Team.

SePRO Adds a Business Development Leader to the Marketing and Sales Team

SePRO is excited to announce the addition of David Owens to the marketing and sales team. Mr. Owens will be responsible for SePRO’s business development strategy, with focus on the specialty crops segment and will also serve as a National Accounts Executive.

David is a seasoned veteran of the agriculture industry, with over 34 years of experience at Corteva (formerly Dow AgroSciences). David brings a broad range of experiences including all aspects of marketing, direct line workforce management, IT/IS and Six Sigma process improvement.   

David resides in Carmel with his wife Karen. They have three children, Megan, Kaitlin, Sean and 2 grandchildren, Sawyer and Tucker. David loves anything that gets him outdoors and enjoys fine-tuning his culinary skills.

Hachi-Hachi® SC Insecticide is Now Registered for Use in California

California Growers now have a superior new tool to control thrips, aphids, mealybugs, scales, lepidopteran insects, and more.

Hachi-Hachi SC is active on all life stages of targeted insects; eggs, immature stages, and adults. Hachi-Hachi SC stops insects from feeding and oviposition within hours of application.

“Hachi-Hachi SC is driven by a unique technology that offers broad-spectrum control of insect pests while providing a resistance management tool,” states Mark Brotherton, Portfolio Leader for SePRO Corporation. “It’s immediate stop-feed action halts insect pests from further damaging crops.”

Hachi-Hachi SC contains the active ingredient tolfenpyrad, a new chemistry for California growers. Hachi-Hachi SC acts by inhibiting cellular respiration in insects. Research has demonstrated Hachi-Hachi SC to be highly effective in control insect pests such as thrips, aphids, mealybugs, scales, lepidopteran insects and added suppression of whiteflies, powdery mildew and downy mildew. The formulation is very easy to use and has excellent crop safety on labeled crops.

Please contact Max Gilley, Technical Specialist, CPA; maxg@sepro.com or 850-680-6860 to learn more and to incorporate this new tool into your management plans.

SePRO announces USEPA approval of ProcellaCOR™ Aquatic Herbicide.

SePRO Corporation announces today the United States Federal registration of ProcellaCOR—a novel, game-changing technology for aquatic plant management.

ProcellaCOR is a new, advanced tool for selective, systemic control of major invasive aquatic weeds including hydrilla, Eurasian and hybrid watermilfoils, crested floating heart, water hyacinth, and many more. ProcellaCOR’s approval marks a number of major firsts for the management of exotic and nuisance aquatic vegetation:

  • The first brand-new herbicide active to receive approval of aquatic use in its initial USEPA registration in 32 years (Sonar® being the last);
  • The only short-exposure, systemic herbicide mode of action for hydrilla;
  • The first US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Reduced Risk designation for a short-exposure herbicide for spot and partial in-water treatments of submersed weeds; and
  • The first non-copper herbicide for localized treatments without any restriction on human potable water consumption following application.

In conclusion, EPA describes that there are ‘no risks of concern to human health from any route of exposure’ and ProcellaCOR ‘may provide a better alternative to older chemistries that require higher levels of risk mitigation practices in order to reduce exposure.’ With an excellent environmental profile, EPA describes ‘no risk concerns for non-target wildlife.’ With low use rates due to unprecedented activity on major invasive aquatic plants, ProcellaCOR will reduce needed herbicide rates by orders of magnitude versus alternate, older technologies.

SePRO’s President and CEO Bill Culpepper: “We are excited to offer ProcellaCOR as a new tool for aquatic plant management. Its development and successful registration reflects our ongoing commitment to innovation and leadership in the aquatic market, and I am proud of our team’s successful efforts to register this technology.”

Vice President of Research and Sales, Dr. Tyler Koschnick: “ProcellaCOR is a leap in technology for aquatic plant management. Its registration is due to the hard work and creativity of a great team and effective partnership with industry, government, and university collaborators. ProcellaCOR is the first of a planned series of major aquatic solutions in development under SePRO’s Procella Water Resource Solutions platform and we are energized by ProcellaCOR’s approval to continue research on these other prospective advanced technologies.”

Senior Aquatic Technology Leader, Dr. Mark Heilman: “The successful development and registration of ProcellaCOR is a major milestone derived from SePRO’s strong investment in developing new technology for aquatic resource management. Along with the entire SePRO team, I look forward to the next phase of supporting certified Stewards of Water management professionals and public agency partners in operational adoption of ProcellaCOR.”

Great News for Cotton Farmers - A New MOA to Stop Pigweed

Cotton farmers will now have a new preemergence herbicide and class of chemistry in the fight against resistant weeds.  On February 11th the US EPA registered Brake® Herbicides for cotton.  Brake offers exceptional cotton tolerance with extended residual weed control allowing farmers to get their cotton off to a great start and maximize yield potential.

It is estimated over 9 million acres of cotton will be planted in 2016.  Many of those acres have experienced challenges with resistant weeds like Palmer amaranth (Palmer pigweed).  This is a significant threat to production when just one pigweed plant in 60 feet of cotton row has been shown to reduce yield by up to 30%.  This challenge facing growers was the stimulus for USDA seeking SePRO’s interest in developing Brake for cotton, as it represented a much needed new mode of action.  Brake has been developed over the last 4 years in conjunction with the National Cotton Council, Cotton Incorporated, over 25 university researchers, industry experts and growers.

Brake comes at a perfect time, when growers are looking for additional tools to strengthen resistant weed management programs.  It offers a strong residual herbicide that provides the foundation for comprehensive weed control programs, regardless of traits.  Brake provides very good control of herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth, along with many other broadleaf weeds and grasses.  This versatile herbicide excels under wet conditions providing assurance when it is too wet to get back in the fields for timely postemergence herbicide applications.   

“Having the opportunity to develop Brake alongside the grower community has been invaluable for this new class of chemistry for cotton,” said Bill Culpepper, CEO SePRO Corporation.  To learn more about the Brake story and the experiences of researchers and growers, go to brake.sepro.com.

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