FMC Welcomes Jay Young as Herbicide Product Manager

We are excited to announce that Jay Young was recently named Herbicide Product Manager for the FMC North America Professional Solutions segment. A Missouri native with hands-on experience  as a golf course superintendent, Jay also has valuable experience in golf course construction.  From 2003 to 2006, he was Director of Agronomy at Blessings Golf Course, in Fayetteville, Ark., where he managed construction and agronomic operations of a new, private golf facility. Prior to that, he was assistant golf course superintendent at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, where he had tournament experience with both the USGA and PGA tours. Most recently, Jay spent four years as Midwest Market Specialist for FMC North America Professional Solutions, covering 13 Midwestern states. Prior to that, he was as a Territory Manager for Harrells, LLC, based in Virginia, for four years. While there, he established a new, viable territory in a competitive technical environment. Jay has a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and soils from Auburn University and will complete a master’s degree in business administration from Webster University this spring. In his new role, he will manage all marketing activities for the company’s extensive line of herbicide products for the lawn and landscape, golf, sports turf and nursery and greenhouse markets. Jay’s background in agronomy, distribution and golf course management and maintenance dovetail perfectly with his new responsibilities at FMC. As FMC continues to build its portfolio of turf and ornamental products, Jay’s skill set will be extremely beneficial to the marketing...

FMC’s Bobby Walls Honored with Southern Weed Science Society’s Highest Award

We are very pleased to announce that our own Bobby Walls recently received the Southern Weed Science Society’s highest award — the SWSS Fellow Award, which recognizes members who have made significant contributions to the Southern Weed Science Society. In his role at FMC, Dr. Walls works with researchers in the development of new products and technologies to solve weed problems in turf and landscapes. His career has focused on agricultural research to discover and develop new products and technology to improve production of food, fiber, materials for shelter and aesthetic value of the landscape. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Walls holds five patents for currently used herbicides. His work has concentrated on development of products and technologies in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico. In addition, he is a Certified Crop Advisor and Certified Professional Agronomist by the American Society of Agronomy. Dr. Walls’ service to the Southern Weed Science Society (SWSS) includes: Chair of Membership, Necrology, and Continuing Education Committees Chair of Agronomic Section Member of Local Arrangements, Public Relations, Legislative, and Graduate Student Committees. Session moderator numerous times Graduate student contest judge Additionally, Dr. Walls has published 38 abstracts in the SWSS proceedings, focusing on weed science and pest management in Agronomic and Horticultural crops. To be eligible for the award, SWSS members must have contributed substantially to the success of his/her company, university or government agency and have advanced the discipline of weed science in the Southern Region.  He or she must have been active in the organization for 20 or more years “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than...

FMC Supports Project EverGreen’s Revitalization of The 9/11 Memorial Grove Green Space on Liberty Island

The Project EverGreen team drove into Ellis Island through a narrow, metal-paved bridge that connects the island to the New Jersey mainland. This passage-way is little known by tourists looking to visit the Statue of Liberty because it is only open to Ellis Island essential personnel and workers. On Tuesday, June 10 at 7:30 AM we drove through that bridge because everyone on the Project EverGreen team was considered essential personnel. More than forty volunteers from the Project EverGreen advisory council and its industry partners came together on Liberty Island to inaugurate a much anticipated revitalization of the 9/11 Memorial Grove. After Hurricane Sandy many trees were destroyed and the soil in the surrounding area was left ineffective for new plantings. Bill Vogel, President of the organization explained, “Project EverGreen is an organization with the mission to preserve and enhance green spaces in our communities where we live, work and play and we believe the 9/11 Memorial Grove on Liberty Island is a site where we can make a strong difference.” The site can hold a couple hundred people and has a direct line of sight to ground zero, making this an ideal location to remember 9/11 and its victims. A renovated and beautiful green space will once again allow people to honor and celebrate the perseverance and strife of those affected by the tragedy. As soon as we arrived on site we saw 12 London Plane burlap–covered trees set out ready to be planted. In addition, more than 70 mulch bags had been delivered next to all existing trees in the area. We had our work cut out...

Welcome Aboard, Alea Miehls!

Meet Alea Miehls, the new FMC Turf & Ornamental Market Specialist for the Western U.S. Born and raised in southern California, Alea currently lives in Anaheim. A recent graduate of the University of California – Riverside, she holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and a master’s degree in plant biology. Since Alea’s territory covers the entire West Coast, including Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Hawaii, she is prepared to do a lot of traveling and is excited to be visiting new places. Recently, FMC Turf Wire tried to get to know her a little better: Q: What influenced you to pursue career in plant biology and turf management? A: One of my favorite classes as an undergraduate was Plant Biology and my professor inspired me to study plants for my master’s degree. That led to my interest in turfgrass management. My main focus was salinity and water management, but I also conducted field research trials evaluating herbicides and fungicides on warm- and cool-season turf. Q: You did your master’s thesis on water management and ryegrass – how important is this issue to both lawn care and golf? A: Water management is an extremely critical component of turf management, especially in southern California where fresh water usage is restricted on many golf courses and home lawns. I am very interested in educating turf managers and the public about water management and finding solutions to their pest and weed control problems. Q: Speaking of water, how cool was it growing up in Southern California? A: Actually, it was a blast! The best part was being in a location where I could...

Getting to Know Allan Dufoe

A New Hampshire native who considers himself a “Science Guy,” Allan Dufoe was recently named FMC Turf & Ornamental Key Account Manager. He will focus on providing support and growing the presence of FMC in the nursery/greenhouse market. Most recently, Allan was a Market Specialist for FMC, covering the professional Turf & Ornamental market for the northeast U.S. Now based in Annapolis, MD, Allan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Entomology from the University of New Hampshire and anticipates earning a Master of Science degree in Agriculture and Life Sciences from Virginia Polytechnic and State University in 2014. But just who is Allan Dufoe? To find out, FMC Turf Wire recently asked him some probing questions: Q: How did your interest in entomology develop? A: I took a science course in college called “Insects and Man” and learned that insects are really quite fascinating! The professor who taught the course became my mentor and through him I made contacts that led me to urban entomology, which I pursued as my career. My exposure to entomology was a springboard to learning about all biological organisms – plants, diseasepathogens, etc. Q: What do you see as your greatest strength in serving the Structural Pest Management, Turf Management and Nursery/Greenhouse industries? A: I have a strong commitment to training and a passion for improving the professionalism of the industry. By helping customers learn how to optimize the use of our products I feel we can help customers grow as companies and sustain satisfied customers. Q: What are the biggest challenges facing the nursery/greenhouse market today? A: How to best control labor,...