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Gowan Group creates new business unit for biologicals


January 28, 2019
By Top Crop Manager

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Gowan Company created a new business unit dedicated to biological development and innovation and purchased the remaining shares of Colombia-based EcoFlora Agro SAS. The global biological business will be built around the EcoFlora brand and focus on integrated pest and disease management products.

EcoFlora Agro SAS was founded in 1998 and is known for the development of plant (botanical) extracts for crop protection, such as EcoSwing biofungicide. The acquisition partners EcoFlora’s biorational product development capabilities with Gowan’s ability to coordinate registration, development, marketing and sales.

The newly formed unit reinforces Gowan’s global commitment to deliver more integrated crop solutions to organic and conventional growers in an ever-changing world of consumer demands. Jim Petta recently joined the Gowan team as President of the new EcoFlora business unit. Prior to joining Gowan, Jim held senior commercial and technical leadership positions at ICI/Zeneca, Syngenta, and Valent USA. Jim’s first priority will be to expand the global bio team as they develop and position the products.

Gowan Company, based in Yuma, Arizona, USA, is a family-owned developer, registrant and marketer of crop protection products, seeds, and fertilizers.