Certis USA: The Biopesticide Company

Certis USA is a leading manufacturer and distributor of a broad line of biopesticide products for specialty agricultural and horticultural markets and the home and garden market. Certis USA products provide valuable solutions by meeting the challenges faced by today’s growers who are seeking sustainable alternatives, resistant pest management and harvest solutions, and low pesticide residues for market flexibility and export accessibility.


Certis USA LifeGard™ Biological Plant Activator Product Wins Top International Industry Awards from Agrow and IBMA

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LifeGard Technical BulletinLifeGard™ WG Biological Plant Activator Represents a New Class of Fungicide.

LifeGard™ WG is the first foliar-applied biological plant activator available on the market. LifeGard is a naturally occurring bacterium that triggers an induced resistance (IR) response in plants. This IR response reflects a new direction taken by a pesticide market that has rapidly increased its demand for biopesticides, because they offer efficacy, as well as resistance management materials, low residue levels and crop and worker safety. LifeGard is NOP Approved and OMRI® Listed. It is residue exempt, has a 4-hour REI, can be applied the day of harvest.

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LifeGard 30 sec radio spot Chlorothalonil fungicide is in short supply this year. Time to put new LifeGard™ fungicide to work.

LifeGard WG: The first biological activator that triggers a plant’s natural immunity to disease. LifeGard is a broad-spectrum fungicide that works on early blight, late blight and white mold. Apply it to prime your potato crop to be ready and resistant against disease.

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Organically Approved

Our product line features the broadest OMRI-listed biological offerings in the industry. More than 30 of our products are OMRI-listed, National Organic Program (NOP) approved and most are residue exempt. But our biopesticides are not solely used on organic acres. Most of our products are used by growers of conventionally produced agricultural crops.

OMRI/NOP Certifications

Wasco Facility

Certis USA’s fermentation facility in Wasco, CA has been actively producing biopesticides for more than 50 years. Approximately 60 people work at the facility to produce the organically certified products sold by Certis USA and its tolling customers. Through its renovations over the years, the facility has been awarded many efficiency awards and certifications.

About Biopesticides

Everyone is leaping onto the Biopesticide bandwagon. And, for good reasons. Although biopesticides are less than 5 percent of the global crop protection market, the estimated market for biopesticides worldwide in 2015 was estimated to be $2.7 billion. The market is conservatively estimated to grow 14 to 17 percent annually and is projected to reach $4.1 billion in 2018. It is the fastest growing segment in crop protection. read more


Welcome Art McSwainArt McSwain Joins Certis USA as Regional Manager

Art McSwain will be responsible for the sales and marketing in Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and southern Virginia. McSwain replaces Gabe Diaz-Saavedra who became the Certis USA Home and Garden Account Manager.

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Mike AllanMike Allan joins Certis USA as Vice President, North America

Mike Allan, previously President, North America of Isagro USA, will lead Certis USA’s business in North America.

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Gabe Diaz-SaavedraDiaz-Saavedra Named Home and Garden Account Manager at Certis USA

In his new position, Diaz-Saavedra will call on key accounts in the consumer market for home and garden products, as well as the ornamental nursery, greenhouse, turf and mushroom markets. Diaz-Saavedra will sell and market the company’s diverse product line of 30-plus biopesticide products derived of naturally occurring substances that are approved for organic gardening and ornamental production.

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Certis for Citrus Logo“Certis for Citrus” Program Helps Fund Fight Against Citrus Greening (HLB)

Certis USA presented the non-profit Citrus Research and Development Foundation, Inc. (CRDF) with a check for $20,000 to help fund research projects in an effort to find a cure for Huanglongbing (HLB; citrus greening) at the CRDF annual meeting which took place at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa.

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OmniLytics, Inc. and Certis USA Join Forces on New Bacterial Disease Control Products in AgricultureOmniLytics, Inc. and Certis USA Join Forces on New Bacterial Disease Control Products in Agriculture

In a move that will provide U.S. growers with new combinations of bacterial disease control products, OmniLytics, Inc., a subsidiary of Phagelux, Inc., has entered into an exclusive U.S. sales and marketing collaboration with Certis USA, LLC for its AgriPhage line of biopesticides.

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Use LifeGard now to prevent early blight, late blight and white moldAttention Potato Growers!

Arriving soon at a mailbox near you . . . a reminder that now is the time to use new LifeGard fungicide to prevent early blight, late blight and white mold.

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Gear Up for Fire BlightCheck Your Mailbox

If you're raising fruiting trees, check your mailbox. Certis USA has mailed you its fire blight fungicide control program: Double Nickel, Cueva and LifeGard fungicides.

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Jeremy AdamsonJeremy Adamson Joins Certis USA as Fungicide Product Manager

Jeremy Adamson joins Certis USA as Fungicide Product Manager. Adamson will direct and guide the U.S. marketing strategies for our more than 10 fungicide brands. He will work in parallel with the Certis USA sales team to optimize product positioning, leverage competitive advantage and build customer loyalty.

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Kocide 3000-O logoKocide® 3000-O Copper Fungicide/Bactericide Approved for Use in Organic Agriculture

Kocide® 3000-O copper fungicide/bactericide has received approval by the U.S. EPA for use in organic production. It is NOP Approved and OMRI® Listed.

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University of Szeged logoCertis USA Reaches Global Licensing Agreement with the University of Szeged in Hungary For New Microbial Strain for Biopesticides

B. mojavensis from University of Szeged is to be Developed and Marketed by Certis USA.

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Vegetables West magazine coverBiologicals Gaining Steam in Mainstream Use

Vegetables West covers the Fall meeting of the BPIA in Orlando. Certis USA’s Tim Damico is interviewed.

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CorpoicaCertis USA Licenses New Virus Technology for Control of Fall Armyworm

Certis USA has entered into an agreement with Corpoica, the Colombian Corporation for Agriculture Research, to license Corpoica’s new virus technology for control of fall armyworm. Certis USA will use the technology to develop biopesticide products for selected countries around the world.

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Carb-O-NatorCertis USA Introduces Carb-O-Nator® Foliar Fungicide for Crops and Greenhouse, Nursery Use

Certis USA introduces Carb-O-Nator®, a broad spectrum foliar fungicide that works on contact to control powdery mildew, Alternaria, Anthracnose, Botrytis, Septoria leaf spot and other diseases. Carb-O-Nator is registered for use on agricultural crops, terrestrial and ornamental, greenhouse and nursery plants and turf. Its active ingredient, potassium bicarbonate, is well-known for its proven efficacy against plant disease coupled with its high level of safety to workers, bees, wildlife and the environment.

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Curtis NelsonCertis USA Hires Curtis A. Nelson for Its Central California Agricultural Sales Position

Curtis A. Nelson brings extensive sales and marketing experience with him to Certis USA as Regional Manager-Central San Joaquin Valley of California. Nelson will be responsible for generating sales and support for Certis USA’s extensive line of biopesticide products used by the state’s vegetable, fruit, tree, vine and potato growers.

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Certis USA LifeGard™ Biological Plant Activator Product Wins Top International Industry Awards from Agrow and IBMA

LifeGard™, the first biological plant activator product in agriculture, is recognized as a top biological product of the year by two prestigious international organizations. LifeGard was named 2017 Best New Biological Product in London October 30 at the Agrow Awards sponsored by the Business Intelligence Division of Informa PLC, a consultancy firm in the U.K. Separately on October 23, LifeGard was granted second place for the 2017 Bernard Blum Award for Biocontrol Product of the Year in Basel, Switzerland at the Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM) organized by the International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA).

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American Fruit GrowerAmerican Fruit Grower Highlights LifeGard™ WG Plant Activator.

BIOCONTROL GRAPES: Examining the Effectiveness of Biologicals Against Downy Mildew. Growing conditions in the East are breeding grounds for pathogens, and coupled with highly susceptible Vitis vinifera cultivars proves to make sustainable grape growing practices a challenge.

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American Fruit GrowerCertis USA Highlighted by Badger Common’Tater.

In “Interview with Tim Damico, Certis USA,” Joe Kertzman, managing editor of Badger Common’Tater, covers the company’s history, its future and its product profile for potatoes.

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LAM International Certis USA Acquires LAM International

The biopesticide company Certis USA acquires 100 percent of the shares of Butte, Montana-based LAM International. LAM International is a developer and manufacturer of several leading bioinsecticide products, including BotaniGard® and Mycotrol®, and has a pipeline of newly registered products and others currently under registration and development.

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