Certis USA has once again stepped up for the Florida citrus industry. The biopesticide manufacturer and supplier has donated another $20,000 to the Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) to help fund the non-profit’s research aimed at finding a cure for citrus greening. This is the third year in a row the company’s “Certis for Citrus” program has used sales from the top citrus products to help find a solution to one of the industry’s most serious issues.
The check was presented by Michael Dimock, Certis USA VP of Field Development to CRDF officials, Rick Dantzler, COO, and Larry Black, Board President, at the organization’s board meeting held during the Florida Citrus Industry Annual Conference in Bonita Springs, FL.
“The Citrus Research and Development Foundation is very grateful to Certis USA for its continuing support. Their efforts help growers maintain production in this difficult citrus growing environment,” Dantzler stated.
Certis USA’s portfolio includes several products with proven efficacy in controlling diseases that affect citrus production. According to Mike Allan, Certis USA Vice-President, North America, a new product will soon be available for Florida citrus growers’ arsenals.
“Certis USA has been successfully harnessing the power of bacteriophages to combat bacterial diseases and resistance issues with our AgriPhage family of products, including AgriPhage Bactericide for tomato speck and spot disease and AgriPhage CMM for bacterial canker on tomatoes,” Allan said in a prepared news release. “In Florida, citrus growers will soon be able to capture that power through the integration of AgriPhage Citrus Canker into their existing canker-control program.”