Introducing New AzaGuard Formulation from BioSafe Systems

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems is excited to announce the release of a new and improved formulation of AzaGuard Insecticide/Nematicide. A common inert used in emulsified concentrates was recently put on the EPA watch list. To be proactive, BioSafe Systems underwent the process of reformulating AzaGuard and updating the label through the EPA to produce a more sustainable botanical insecticide which adheres to the company’s mission of providing highly effective but sustainable crop protection solutions. Additionally, over 30 new crops were added to the label including arugula, globe artichokes, pomegranates and cranberries to meet the increasing need for effective organic insect control solutions.

AzaGuard is a 3% Azadirachtin Botanical Insecticide utilizing the technical material that remains below 20% by weight to maintain high levels of other important limonoids. The inclusion of these important limonoids in AzaGuard enhances the efficacy of the active ingredient as an insect growth regulator, insect repellant and anti-feedant. In addition, AzaGuard is formulated in the U.S. under strict quality control conditions from technical material extracted from newly harvested neem seeds. These manufacturing efforts ensure that AzaGuard maintains the maximum potency until used by our customers.

For more information or a copy of the updated AzaGuard label, contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit

Our Team Grows By Two New Members

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems announces the strategic hires of Kyle Pickles as the Technical Sales Representative for the California Central Coast and Steven Tillman as the Midwest Technical Sales Rep. Both will work in the Agriculture market segment.

Kyle Pickles is based on the Central California Coast as a Technical Sales Representative. He is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a BS degree in Agriculture Systems Management and a minor in Plant Protection and Crop Science. Kyle started his career in the water treatment services division of the Deerpoint Group but quickly decided his passion was working directly it growers and transitioned into a position with Helena Chemical Company. Kyle is eager to provide a high level of technical support and service to the Central Coast territory covering Oxnard/Ventura up to the Salinas Valley.

Steven Tillman lives in northern Indiana and will cover the Midwest where he has extensive regional agricultural knowledge. Steven graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business Management and a minor in Agronomy. He then began working on retain agriculture for Ag Plus Inc. where he provided growers with customized fertilizer recommendations. Next, he transitioned to a Territory Sales Manager role at Compass Minerals International Inc. where he managed an 8-state trade territory, calling on retail agriculture establishments. Before coming to BioSafe, Steven was an Account Relationship Manager for North Central Co-Op. We are excited to have him bring his extensive expertise to our team.

BioSafe is excited to welcome these new members and is pleased to have them as part of our family. For more information, contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit

Growing Our Midwest Technical Team

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems is excited to announce the strategic hire of Steven Tillman as a Technical Sales Representative for Midwestern United States.  With extensive experience and regional agricultural knowledge, Steven will be a great asset to the team.

Steven graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Business Management and a minor in Agronomy. He then began working in retail agriculture for Ag Plus. Inc. as an Agronomy Sales and Technology Specialist where he provided growers with customized fertilizer recommendations based on their personalized needs. Steven then became a Territory Sales Manager for Compass Minerals Internationals Inc., where he managed an 8-state trade territory, calling on retail agriculture establishments. Before coming to BioSafe, Steven was an Account Relationship Manager for North Central Co-Op.

Steven is based in northern Indiana with his wife, Liz, near the “home farm” where he grew up farming grain and beef cattle. He is excited to come into BioSafe, a family-owned company, with a great understanding of how a family-run business operates. When he’s not working, Steven spends his time on the basketball court volunteering as a basketball coach for high school athletes. He also finds a little time on the tractor to be therapeutic. BioSafe Systems welcomes Steven and is pleased to have him as part of our family.

For more information, contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit

As American as Apple Pie

As American as Apple Pie

We’ve all heard the term “as American as apple pie,” but some fail to realize why the iconic dessert is uniquely American. The answer lies in the ingredients: the apples picked from a local orchard, flour derived from American grains, fresh farm eggs and butter, it all gets tied together into something that is as scrumptious as it is symbolic. Behind that metaphorical table fare there is a lot of manpower: sowing, fertilization, pruning, harvest, storage, all done on American soil by American farmers, but this doesn’t stop at apple orchards and dairy farms.

The average American farm currently produces enough crops to feed an estimated 160 people per year. Factoring in the over 2,000,000 farms on American soil makes our great nation responsible for feeding well over 320 million people, annually.1 Based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Census of Agriculture, the total value of products sold by producers in the American Agricultural Industry hit a record high of $395 billion in 2012, a $92 billion (24%) hike in total crop value since the previous census conducted in 2007. Statistics prove that the cause for this increase in revenue was not related to cost or inflation. In fact, production value increased so dramatically between 2002 and 2007, that the 5-year gap yielded an 84% increase in net cash income to agricultural operations.2

Many credit scientific and technological advancements for this rapid increase in net sales and profits, and BioSafe Systems, a small, family-owned company based out of Hartford, Connecticut, is at the forefront of these agricultural innovations. Since 1998, BioSafe Systems has been harnessing the power of Peroxyacetic Acid (PAA) to kill and prevent plant diseases and human health pathogens while decreasing Restricted Entry Intervals, allowing American farmers and packing house workers to operate more efficiently. When it comes to being uniquely American, BioSafe Systems’ sustainable chemistry gives apple pie a run for its money, and despite the company’s small stature, its sustainable chemistry has been a big player in the ascent of the American Agricultural industry to exciting new heights.

Few know more about heights than Air National Guard E7 Master Sergeant, Anthony Cruz. The 23-year Veteran served 15 years of active duty defending the United States of America. He is currently stationed at Barnes Air National Guard Base, where he serves as an Alert Shift Supervisor and Weapons Systems Technician for the F-15C Eagle, the U.S. Air Force’s primary fighter jet. When he’s not defending freedom and fixing jets, Cruz is an Inside Sales and Technical Support Representative at BioSafe Systems, where he thoroughly consults end users regarding their use of the company’s innovative products, such as SaniDate® 5.0 and StorOx® 2.0.

Though you wouldn’t know this from speaking with him on the phone, Cruz wasn’t always in the Agricultural Industry. His hectic career with the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard left Cruz with little time to pursue any other opportunities. Since his time was limited and devoted to protecting our nation, Cruz sought to further his financial well-being via Real Estate; however, Cruz was often unable to leave the air base to show properties to his clients. Cruz first met BioSafe Systems CEO, Rob Larose, when he expressed interest in one of Cruz’s listings. It was only shortly after finding out that Cruz is a Veteran and devoted member of the Air National Guard that Larose offered him an opportunity to work with the growing organization, despite the Weapons Systems Technician’s limited availability.

After finding out that BioSafe Systems is an American owned and operated company that manufactures all of its products on U.S. soil, it was hard for Cruz to turn down the opportunity. Since joining the team, the Air Force Veteran has assisted countless agricultural operations across the great United States of America in developing systematic applications of BioSafe Systems’ products that have increased both yields and efficiency through prevention and protection.

BioSafe Systems and the dedicated U.S. citizens the company employs, such as Anthony Cruz, will always strive to assure America’s Agricultural Industry continues its ascension for many years to come. To learn more about BioSafe Systems’ unique chemistry and innovative fungicides, pesticides, herbicides, algaecides and more, visit their website,

1 2017 American Farm Bureau Federation