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Engaging with our stakeholders benefits all of us – the Company as well as our customers, employees, investors, suppliers, and neighbors, to name a few. Consistent communication and engagement varies depending on the stakeholder – there is no one point of contact with all stakeholders. Many internal groups and individuals are responsible for interacting with our stakeholders via direct communication, social media and online announcements, training, evaluations, and many other avenues. We gain valuable information and feedback from each interaction, and use this information to hone and improve our strategies, products and operations. For example, plant management and other key personnel work with community action committees and emergency responders in areas where we operate, while our Investor Relations group communicates with analysts and institutional investors at investor conferences.
We also encourage participation and cooperation among industry peers through strategic industry organizations such as CropLife America® (CLA), National Pest Management Association®, Agricultural Retailers Association®, National Association of Manufacturers®, Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment® (RISE), American Mosquito Control Association and many other national and regional organizations. Our executives either currently hold or have held leadership positions in many industry organizations, thereby enabling the environmental and product stewardship that customers and society expect. Currently, AMVAC’s vice president and chief administrative officer, Timothy Donnelly serves on the CropLife America Strategic Operations Committee.
A Success Story: Naled
Naled Reaction Improvements Enable
Successful Campaign Against Post-Hurricane Mosquito Outbreaks AMVAC’s Technology and Engineering Teams collaborated in 2016 to modernize and improve the reactions to manufacture naled, the active ingredient in Dibrom® public health insecticide, used by U.S. government agencies and mosquito control districts. This cross-functional Team focused on the efficiency of certain reactions, creative process improvements and targeted capital investments. The result is an optimized process with improved yields and quality, and which is also more energy efficient.
A direct benefit of this effort was AMVAC’s ability to assist the U.S. government’s response to the public health threats in the aftermath of the 2017 Atlantic hurricanes in the south and southeast. The massive rainfall and flooding from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma created ideal breeding conditions for mosquito infestation. Hurricane Harvey alone rained 33 trillion gallons of water, mostly upon Texas, and created a fertile habitat for mosquito breeding (Scientific American, Sept. 17, 2017). Mosquitoes in such conditions can inflict up to 100 bites per minute on the unprotected, which, in turn, can bring rescue efforts to a halt. Working with our distributor and several federal agencies, including FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration), CDC (Center for Disease Control), DoD (Department of Defense), and HHS (Department of Health and Human Services), AMVAC Teams worked around the clock to produce and deliver Dibrom®
to applicators, who successfully treated four million acres in Texas.
Partners in Development, Partners in Innovation
In order to bring SIMPAS and Ultimus to market, AMVAC has teamed up with a number of partners in both technology and agriculture. At present, Trimble Agriculture, a leader in GPS and precision application technologies, is assisting in the development of a universal interface which will enable SIMPAS to be connected to, and receive instruction from, any ISO-based tractor control console. With this component, SIMPAS can be plugged into most tractors and be instructed by factory-furnished controls without the need for additional displays or controls.
Also, during 2018, AMVAC worked in collaboration with J.R. Simplot, a leading grower, to conduct SIMPAS field trials on about 4,000 acres in Colorado and Utah to demonstrate that the system can prescriptively apply product. We are also conducting trials in cooperation with Asmus Farm Supply and other growers to beta test SIMPAS on 4,000 acres of corn in the Midwest. AMVAC will then use the expertise of XSInc to provide data analysis on these trials. Over the course of these field trials, AMVAC has continued to work with industry peers to assemble a portfolio of products that will be packaged in SmartCartridge containers and made available with the SIMPAS system commencing with the planned 2020 commercial launch.