Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM PDT
Thursday April 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM PDT

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100 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Bill Stoneman
Biopesticide Industry Alliance Inc.

Biopesticide Industry Alliance


Embassy Suites Sacramento-Riverfront Promenade
100 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814

Tuesday April 8th, 2014

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM: BPIA Board of Directors Meeting

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Registration

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM:  Reception and Networking - Sponsors: Technology Sciences Group, Still Meadow & additional sponsorship available 

Wednesday April 9th, 2014

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Registration & Morning Coffee - Sponsor: DunhamTrimmer

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Committee Meetings (As scheduled by the Chairman)

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM: Welcome & Introductions 

9:45 AM - 12:00 PM: Session 1 – Biopesticides, Sustainability and Pest Control

Moderator: Addie Waxman, 1,4 Group Inc.

Dr. Greg Moller, Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology, University of Idaho.  Biochemical Control Agents in Agriculture: The Case for Sustainability

Dr. Moller's group conducts translational, trans-disciplinary research to  advance the  goals of sustainability by developing new knowledge and  innovations in the area of  sustainable solutions for water resources.  They  have had considerable impact on  individuals, communities, and  environmental quality in a regional, national, and  international context.  This  work has resulted in five US patents issued and licensed  in the past  five  years for new approaches for sustainable water treatment where we  successfully engineered reactive filtration processes that are modeled on  nature. 

 Dr. Moller's participation in our meeting is sponsored by:  1,4 Group Inc.  

Dr. Chris Becker, Research Scientist and President, BAAR Scientific LLC.  Pests of Northeast Crops; What’s out there and what are typical methods used to conduct efficacy studies.

Dr. Becker began conducting applied agricultural research as the Plant Pathologist responsible for the Massachusetts IPM program on apples in 1981.   He     researched  the ecology and biology of apple scab for his PhD at Cornell (at NYS  Agricultural  Experiment Station)  He remained at the NYSAES for 3years as a  Research  Associate where he researched the major grape diseases.  In 2003, he formed BAAR Scientific  LLC in order to conduct applied agricultural research on the agricultural and ornamental crops in the Northeastern US.  Over 30% of his research has been with biopesticides.

Break - Sponsor: DunhamTrimmer

11:00 - 12:00 PM: Session 2 PANEL- Exploring the Market Perception of Biopesticides

Moderator: Rick Melnick, Valent BioSciences

Dr. David Holden, Holden Research and Consulting, Panelist

David Holden has over 35 years of experience working as a Pest Control Advisor and Agricultural Production Consultant who has worked with many crops and has specialty experience working with California avocados, berries, citrus, vegetables, and wine grapes. More recently, David has traveled extensively, consulting in production agriculture throughout the Midwest, the South, and Australia.

Terry W. Stark, President and CEO, California Association of Pest Control Advisors, Panelist

The California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) represents more than 75% of the nearly 4,000 California EPA licensed pest control advisers (PCAs) that provide pest management consultation for the production of food, fiber and ornamental industries of this state.

Richard Jones,Group Editor, Meister Media Worldwide, Panelist

Richard Jones is Group Editor of Meister Media Worldwide’s U.S. Horticulture Group. He has more than 15 years of editorial experience covering the fruit, vegetable, citrus and ornamentals markets in the U.S. working with Meister’s  American/Western Fruit Grower, American Vegetable Grower, Florida Grower, Greenhouse Grower, and Today’s Garden Center brands. In his current role, he leads the U.S. Horticulture Group’s efforts on print magazines and reports, new multi-platform digital media, and in-person conferences and strategic events.

Eric Sfiligoj, Editor, CropLife and CropLife Iron, Meister Media Worldwide, Panelist

Eric Sfiligoj is the Editor for both CropLife and CropLife IRON magazines. He travels regularly to cover industry events and has been dedicated to the ag retail industry since he joined the company in 2000.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM: LUNCH & Networking Opportunity -  Sponsor: Valent BioSciences Corporation

SPECIAL LUNCHEON GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Amrith Gunasekara, Science Advisor to the California Secretary of Agriculture, The State of California Agriculture

Dr. Gunasekara is Science Advisor to Secretary Ross at the California Department of Food and Agriculture. He works on agricultural issues at the interface of the environment and seeks to find proactive, creative, flexible and practical solutions. His focus areas include nutrient management, climate change and environmental stewardship. 


1:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Session 3 - Biopesticides - Non-Crop Applications

Moderator:   Scott Peterson, Sipcam/Advan

Jason Clark, Valent BioSciences Corp., History, Transformation, and Validation: Integrated Approaches in Public Health

Jason Clark is the Global Marketing and Product Development Manager for the Public Health and Forestry Business of Valent BioSciences Corporation. Mr. Clark has spent the last decade developing and marketing responsible solutions to meet customer needs in the public health and government sectors. 


3:30 PM – 4:30 PM:      Tools for Growers and Advisors - Biopesticides

Dr. Roma Gwynn, Director, Rationale - Biopesticide Strategists. Biocontrol Agent Manual – A New Resource for the IPM Toolbox.

 Dr. Gwynn has worked in crop protection with the agriculture and  horticulture  industry for over 25 years, specialising in biopesticides  since  1989. She has  worked on a wide range of protected and  broad  acre crops  and their associated  pest and diseases.

 A member of the IBMA, she participates actively within the industry to address issues and to promote biorational products.

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM:      New Member Introductions, New Members Eligible for presentations include:  Lambert Biologicals, mOasis, Propadu Konair, Ingredion & Exosect

Martin Brown, Managing Director, Exosect. Novel Mycoinsecticide for the Protection of Stored Commodities    

Mr. Brown has over 35 years experience in the agrochemical sector, which includes 26 years with ICI, Astra Zeneca and Syngenta holding various management roles until 2002.  His territories included UK, Africa, Middle East, Pakistan and Eastern Europe.  


4:45 PM - 5:30 PM: BPIA Business Meeting   

Call to order: Rick Melnick, Chairman, BPIA Board of Directors

Treasurer’s Report: Steve Hartmeier, BPIA Treasurer

Committee Reports:         Government Affairs (GAC)
                                        Regulatory Affairs (RC)
                                        Meeting Planning
                                        Outreach and Public Relations
Old Business:
New Business:  Future BPIA Meetings Discussion - Rick Melnick and Joe Monahan

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Networking - R&R

6:30 PM: Reception - Sponsors: Certis USA & Technology Sciences Group

7:00 PM: BPIA Group Dinner

Thursday April 10th 2014 

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Registration & Morning Coffee - Sponsor: 

BioWorks Inc.

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM: 

Committee Meetings 

(As scheduled by the Chairman)

9:00 AM:      Session 3 – Government and Regulatory Affairs


ina Wilson, Gowan Company

Dr. Hong Chen, Director, Asia-Pacific Affairs, Technology Sciences Group. Biopesticides in China, Problems and Promise

 Dr. Chen focuses on developing and managing international collaborative  projects  involving EPA and FDA regulated products, including agrochemicals,  consumer  products and antimicrobials. She also provides regulatory  compliance support and  audits for Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and Good  Manufacturing Practices  (GMP). 

 Dr. Chen specializes in providing management and support for various  consulting  projects in Asia, with a particular emphasis in China. Her significant experience with both Chinese and U.S. regulatory systems allows her to provide seamless assistance between western companies conducting business in China and Chinese companies doing business in the United States. 

Laurie Flanagan, Executive Vice President, DC Legislative and Regulatory Services. DC Legislative Update   

Laurie Flanagan  Laurie-Ann Flanagan is Executive Vice President at DCLRS with over 17 years of  experience in the federal legislative and regulatory process.    She advises clients on upcoming regulatory and legislative  initiatives that could impact their businesses and helps  them  understand  the steps needed to ensure successful advocacy efforts.  


Peggy Miars, Executive Director, Organic Materials Review Institute, OMRI Update

Peggy Miars joined OMRI in 2010 from California Certified Organic  Farmers  (CCOF), where she served for six years as the Executive  Director/CEO.   Peggy has worked in the organic industry for more than 17 years,  previously in marketing and management positions with Earthbound  Farm, Whole Foods Market, Granary Market, various nonprofit organizations, and her own marketing consulting business. 


10:15 AM:  Break - Sponsor:  BioWorks Inc.     

Ann Prichard, Branch Chief, Pesticide Registration Branch, California Department of Pesticide Regulation.  Biopesticide Regulation update - CA DPR

Dr. Prichard has in-depth, comprehensive knowledge of the pesticide registration programs within California and US EPA. She provides strong leadership and direction for California's Pesticide Registration Branch.

Robert McNally, Director, US EPA Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (BPPD).  

"Bob" McNally leads the divion the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) that regulates our industry.  His address offers a view of the direction and managment of the division - which impacts us all.

Bill Barney, USDA IR-4 Project, Update

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM:    Closing LUNCH - Sponsor: Marrone Bio Innovations and Sponsorship available