Vegalab US Adds Myco BioBoost To Its Line of Soil Inoculants

(Minden, NV) – HPC Acquisitions, Inc. (OTCQB: HPCQ) DBA Vegalab US, a biotech company focused on delivering biological pesticides and natural fertilizers using its proprietary micronization and nanotechnology, announced that it has added Myco BioBoost, a highly concentrated and customizable mycorrhizal fungus soil inoculant, to its product line.

Myco BioBoost's proprietary water-soluble mycorrhizae are manufactured in powder form boasting 82 propagules per gram, one of the highest concentrations of propagules in the market for a solid product. The mycorrhizae are obtained in vitro, which guarantees an exact spore count.  In addition, the process is completely sterile; problems of contamination with other organisms are eliminated.

Mycorrhizae symbiotically bond to the roots of a plant, growing on and expanding the root's overall surface area. This increases the root system's ability to absorb water and nutrients. The protective coating of beneficial fungi shields the root zone from pathogens and feeds off of the starch exudates excreted from the plant's roots. In exchange, the mycorrhizal colony provides a bio-available phosphorus plant food.

Vegalab's eco-compatible fungi can be customized by crop or country, which ensures that the selected fungus is adapted to local environmental conditions. Myco BioBoost has received EPA registration and is available for purchase.

About Vegalab US

Vegalab US is committed to supporting sustainable agriculture through technological innovation.  Our product line consists of biological pesticides, fertilizers, and specialty biological agents that are highly effective against targeted organisms, non-toxic to beneficial organisms, and safe for the environment. The active ingredients in our solutions consist primarily of oil extracts from various plant sources. Applying our proprietary micronization and nanotechnology to these powerful natural agents allows Vegalab to create products that foster a healthier world.

Vegalab US and Fertica Enter Exclusive Distribution Agreement for Guatemala

Palm Beach, FL (January 10, 2016) – HPC Acquisitions, Inc. (OTCQB: HPCQ) DBA Vegalab US, a biotech company focused on delivering biological pesticides and natural fertilizers using its proprietary micronization and nanotechnology, has announced an exclusive distributor agreement with Fertica Group for its products in Guatemala. Fertica is the only manufacturer of edaphic-TVA process fertilizers in Central America and a leading distributor of plant food.

Vegalab US has granted Fertica exclusive rights to promote, market, and sell its line of bioproducts to farmers in Guatemala. Apart from Guatemala, Fertica also operates in El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, with total annual sales of $200M.

“We are particularly interested in Vegalab’s selection of biopesticides. Biological alternatives to chemical pesticides have attracted much attention here in Guatemala, and we want to provide farmers with the best performing products available,” said Julio Martinez, Manager of Fertica for Guatemala.

“We are very excited to have one of Central America’s leading distributors of plant protection products partnering with us in our effort to shift the use of chemical pesticides to safer biological pesticides,” said Steven Blackburn, Director of Business Development for Vegalab US.

Vegalab US will retain responsibility for product development, quality management, and manufacturing, while Fertica will be responsible for sales, marketing, customer support, and distribution activities in Guatemala.

About Vegalab US

Vegalab US is committed to supporting sustainable agriculture through technological innovation.  Our product line consists of biological pesticides, fertilizers, and specialty biological agents that are highly effective against targeted organisms, non-toxic to beneficial organisms, and safe for the environment. The active ingredients in our solutions consist primarily of oil extracts from various plant sources. Applying our proprietary micronization and nanotechnology to these powerful natural agents allow Vegalab to create products that foster a healthier world.

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This news release may contain forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. While these statements are made to convey to the public the company’s progress, business opportunities, and growth prospects, they are based on management’s current beliefs and assumptions as to future events. However, since the company’s operations and business prospects are always subject to risk and uncertainties, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this news release might not occur, and actual results could differ materially from those described, anticipated, or implied. For a more complete discussion of such risks and uncertainties, please refer to the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Vegalab US Boosts Concentration of Spider Mite Control by 5x with Improved Formulation

MINDEN, NV – Today, HPC Acquisitions Inc. (OTCQB: HPCQ) DBA Vegalab US (“Vegalab US”) launched the improved formulation of its Spider Mite Control. Spider Mite Control is a biological pesticide that targets spider mites, pests known to feed on several hundred species of plants.  These pests cause mottled leaves and often destroy the entire plant at a rapid speed.

Spider Mite Control is highly effective by attacking spider mites in two different ways. It blocks the breathing holes of spider mites, causing them to die from suffocation. It also causes reproductive disruption among female spider mites; this leads to infertility, eggs that do not hatch, or mites that do not develop to an adult stage.

 The improved formulation calls for a dilution rate of 1:500-1:1000 (depending on level of infestation), while the old formulation recommended a dilution rate of 1:100. With 5x the original concentration, the improved Spider Mite Control drastically lowers the amount of product needed, and therefore cost, per application. As with the original formula, zero pesticide residue is left on the plants.

The improved Spider Mite Control formulation and its benefits were made possible by using proprietary nanotechnology and advanced adjuvants. The product is a liquid formulation that is applied as a foliar spray to plants. It is EPA-approved under FIFRA Section 25(b) as a minimum risk pesticide.  

About Vegalab US

Vegalab US is committed to sustainable agriculture through technological innovation.  Our range of biological pesticides, fertilizers, and specialty biological agents are effective as well as safe to non-target organisms and the environment. The active ingredients in our solutions consist primarily of oil extracts from different plant sources. We believe in applying innovative technology to powerful natural agents to create products for a healthier world.

Vegalab Announces Exclusive Distribution Agreement for Taiwan with Union Chemical

TAIPEI, Taiwan, July 5, 2016-- Vegalab S.A., a Geneva-based formulator and manufacturer of biological based plant protection, today announced that it has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement covering sales of Vegalab products in Taiwan with Union Chemical Ind. Co., Ltd.

The agreement covers all Vegalab products, which include biopesticides, fertilizers, and fungicides, all of which are derived from natural materials. In December of 2015, Vegalab received organic use certification for Nematode Control, a nematicide that uses the natural extract Geraniol to destroy parasitic nematodes. Vegalab is currently in the process of obtaining organic use certification for their other products such as Spider Mite Control and Mildew Control.

Union Chemical is one of the preeminent suppliers of chemical and natural raw materials in Taiwan, with annual sales exceeding $600 million. They began offering natural fertilizers in 2014, and quickly expanded to biopesticides and biofungicides to meet consumer demand in Taiwan. "We are very excited to be the exclusive distributor of Vegalab in Taiwan," stated Jason Yu, manager of Union Chemical. "More and more farmers are choosing all-biological plant protection in lieu of conventional chemical treatments. Vegalab's products have proven consistently effective on a variety of crops in Taiwan, and they are constantly researching and developing new products to fit the needs of our market."

"We are very pleased to announce our partnership with Union Chemical, which significantly strengthens our presence in the Asian market and perfectly positions our products in Taiwan's rapidly growing biopesticide industry," David Selakovic, president of Vegalab commented. "We look forward to working closely with Union Chemical to provide powerful and cost-effective sustainable crop protection to farmers."

HPC Acquisitions INC (HPCQ), DBA Vegalab US, Completes Initial Capital Raise and Starts Sales

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA – HPC Acquisitions Inc. (HPCQ) DBA Vegalab US (“Vegalab US”), has today announced the completion of its first round private placement of 1,000,000 shares of its common stock at $0.50 per share, as well as its initial sales results from the distribution of all-natural, sustainable agricultural products.

In April 2016, the first month of marketing, Vegalab US achieved over $450,000 of sales and believes that orders will continue to increase steadily.

“The scale of success you see from our first month of marketing supports our strong belief that there is a significant appetite in the United States for all-natural products that make a positive difference, without depleting the earth’s resources. Our initial sales combined with the scope of application for our range of products gives us confidence to seek additional capital in the near term to fund the growth opportunity,” said David Selakovic, the CEO of HPCQ/Vegalab US.

Vegalab US has already begun marketing its products in Latin America, where the marketplace is perhaps even more convinced of the need for environmentally responsible agricultural products rooted in sustainability. The first orders are expected in the second quarter of 2016 from Costa Rica and Panama.

To facilitate development of the opportunities in the US and Latin America, Vegalab US is now looking for new distribution partners in those markets.

About Vegalab US

Vegalab US is a distributor of natural fertilizers, pesticides, and specialty biological agents for use in agriculture. The active ingredients consist primarily of oil extracts from different plant sources. Vegalab US holds exclusive distribution rights in the Western Hemisphere to a product line of natural agricultural products distributed globally by Vegalab SA.

Safe Harbor for Forward-looking Statements

This news release may contain forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. While these statements are made to convey to the public the company’s progress, business opportunities, and growth prospects, they are based on management’s current beliefs and assumptions as to future events. However, since the company’s operations and business prospects are always subject to risk and uncertainties, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this news release might not occur, and actual results could differ materially from those described, anticipated, or implied. For a more complete discussion of such risks and uncertainties, please refer to the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

Korean Government Program Supports Vegalab’s Research and Development

SEOUL, South Korea – Vegalab announced the acquisition of Ecowin, a Korea based biopesticide company, in August of last year. As part of the acquisition, Ecowin rebranded itself as Vegalab, with Kyung Bon Koo continuing his role as CEO for the company’s Korea operations. David Selakovic, President of Vegalab S.A., will work alongside Koo and oversee developments at the new location.

Koo founded Ecowin in 2008 to great fanfare; the company won the top award in Korea’s new business competition shortly after it was established. It quickly built success with all-natural biopesticides, which are safer for the environment than conventional chemical pesticides.

Ecowin’s bestselling product is live beneficial nematodes, measuring at just 1mm long each in size. These nematodes enter into pests and eject symbiotic bacteria to kill them within 24-48 hours without harming the environment.  At a price of 20% less than competitive products, Ecowin’s nematodes are not only immensely popular in Korea; they are also exported to the United States, Africa, South America, China and Southeast Asia.

The global biopesticide market reached $3.6B in 2014, and is expected to grow to $6.9B by 2019. Due to this growing market, governments are implementing stricter regulations on what products qualify as biopesticides; Korea recently increased their list of restricted chemicals in residue from 240 to 330. Vegalab actively works with government associations to ensure their products continue to deliver high efficacy results while following regulations for all-natural biopesticides.

Korea provides national research and development subsidy programs to promising companies, the most revered one being the National Intellectual Properties and R&D Strategy Supporting Program (IP-R&D). “I found out about IP-R&D the first time in 2013 through a national intellectual properties analysis agency. They were providing us with patent analysis for potential countries we wanted to export our products to. We joined the subsidy program to increase visibility on our patents and develop future R&D ideas,” says Koo.

Because of the national IP-R&D program, Ecowin was able to export its live nematodes and other biopesticides additional countries around the world, effectively doubling overseas sales. Using the government subsidy, they were able to develop a culturing device for live nematodes, which allows them to produce their product at a higher capacity than before.

“We’re very excited the opportunities this acquisition has created for us, and we are looking forward to continued growth as Vegalab,” Koo says, “knowing the Korean government supports our research and development makes us work even harder to become one of the leading biopesticide companies in the world.”

About Vegalab Company

Vegalab S.A. is a worldwide leading formulator, developer, and manufacturer of environmentally friendly products that are rooted in sustainability. Managed by David Selakovic, the company pursues a unique approach by steering the agricultural industry away from traditional chemicals and towards all-natural solutions. Products include organic fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides, which are developed under Selakovic’s supervision by a team of experienced scientists in the headquarters’ laboratories in Geneva, Switzerland.  Vegalab is dedicated to creating an efficient, ecologically sound planet for future generations.

Vegalab President, David Selakovic, Celebrates Government Award for Korean Vegalab Subsidiary Ecowin

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Ecowin CEO and founder, Koo Kyung Bon, was proud to accept an award from South Korea’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, Yoon Sang Gik, for the company’s achievements and outstanding commitment towards the development of national industry through state-of-the-art technologies. Back in Geneva, Switzerland, David Selakovic, President of Vegalab S.A., and his team raised their glasses to celebrate the occasion, which took place only two months after Selakovic had announced the acquisition of Ecowin, Asia’s leading manufacturer of organic agricultural products. 

As one of Korea’s top 15 green technology institutions, Ecowin has received numerous accolades from the country’s Prime Minister for their natural resource circulation and low-carbon green growth. Introducing eco-friendly biological solutions to replace chemical pesticides, the company has notably contributed to improving the sustainability of the agricultural landscape. After the cooperation between Ecowin and Vegalab on a number of high-profile research projects, the Swiss-based industry leader took over its Korean partner to expand Vegalab’s global positioning. Vegalab S.A. already holds major shares in the organization and starting in March 2015, Ecowin and all associated manufacturing facilities will officially operate as Vegalab’s Global Innovation Center.

Managed by David Selakovic, Vegalab S.A. is a worldwide leading formulator, developer, and manufacturer of environmentally friendly products that are rooted in sustainability. The company pursues a unique approach by steering the agricultural industry away from traditional chemical towards all-natural solutions. Products include organic fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides, which are developed under Selakovic’s supervision by a team of experienced scientists in the headquarters’ laboratories in Geneva, Switzerland. Together with the North American branch in Wilmington, DE, and multiple distribution partners in Europe, Central and South America, Africa and Asia, Vegalab is persistently striving to realize their vision of creating more efficient, ecologically sound planet for future generations.

“The addition of Ecowin as our new base in Korea allows us to combine the expertise of both our teams to create even more effective solutions and offer innovative products that are tailor-made to the needs of Asian farmers and gardeners,” states Selakovic. Located in Daegu, South Korea’s fourth-largest city, the Global Innovation Center will facilitate more streamlined operations and expedite delivery times for Vegalab customers around the world. “Mr. Koo has been a driving-force in the growth of sustainable agriculture in Korea and I am thrilled that he is now on board of Vegalab to manage our main research and manufacturing base with his outstanding leadership qualities and technological expertise,” says Selakovic.

In his role as Director of Vegalab Ltd. Korea, David Selakovic will oversee the operations at the new location and work alongside CEO Koo Kyung Bon, sharing his extensive experience, while his primary focus will remain on heading the umbrella company in Switzerland. Known for his pioneer spirit, entrepreneurial wisdom, and passion for innovation, Selakovic has an international reputation as a sought-after corporate advisor and business leader who has guided numerous businesses on the path to exceptional success.

Company President David Selakovic Announces Vegalab Expansion Into California Market

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND –  Vegalab, an international leader in non-toxic, organic horticulture solutions, has announced that with the successful conclusion of several on-site trials this fall, they are officially entering the California market. The Switzerland-based company managed by President, David Selakovic, offers a wide variety of agricultural products for home and commercial gardeners designed to both, boost harvests and fight pests and disease. The company’s all-natural fungicides, pesticides, and fertilizers deliver excellent results without any harmful chemicals or toxic residue.

In September 2014, Vegalab launched a series of fungicide and pesticide trials under Selakovic’s supervision in different areas across California. Crops including avocado, cucumber, organic and conventional strawberries and ornamental plants were treated for a variety of infections. Vegalab’s scientists observed that the applications were not only effective at combatting the conditions, but in many instances the products created long-term residual effects after the first application, sometimes maintaining their effectiveness and not needing a second application. The trials tested Vegalab’s all-natural line of fungicide and pesticide solutions called Mildew Control, Spore Control, and Spider Mite Control. The active ingredient in Mildew Control is geraniol, extracted from geranium plants, which provides potent results without negative environmental impact. Spore Control uses thymol, which is derived from thyme plants. Spider Mite Control is produced from a combination of natural cottonseed extracts, rosemary oil extracts and geraniol.

“California represents a $36 billion per year agricultural economy, the largest in the world, producing nearly half of the nuts, fruits and vegetables grown in the US,” explains David Selakovic. “Our company is poised to enter this enormous market, with an all-natural product that has been thoroughly field-tested. We are confident that commercial growers will benefit from our safe, cost-effective treatment options.” The first trial in California was conducted on September 5th at a farm in Oxnard. One acre of strawberries that were 80% infected with powdery mildew received an application of Vegalab’s Mildew Control (foliar application). Only a few days later, visual evaluation showed 90% control, and even a month later, the crop was clean and needed no second application. Four more trials on farms in Santa Maria and Oxnard testing the effectiveness of Mildew and Spore Control on strawberries and Spider Mite Control on avocado trees proved to be equally successful, leading to Selakovic’s decision to launch Vegalab products into the Californian market.

In his role as President, David Selakovic has led Vegalab onto the road to international success, overseeing the development of new products in the laboratories in Geneva and managing the company’s expansion into new countries’ markets all over the world.

Vegalab’s Newest Product Nematode Control Proves to Be a Natural Champion

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Nematode Control is performing remarkably well on turf at golf courses and commercial farms growing natural and organic crops.

 

Vegalab the formulator and manufacturer of environmentally responsible agricultural products rooted in sustainability, today announces that their new natural product, Nematode Control, has proven results to combat nematode problems among a variety of crops and turf.

Nematode Control is Vegalabs next generation nematicide thats built around their patented proprietary micronization technology. Initial compatibility testing on a wide range of crops including tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, and strawberries showed over 80% efficacy. Prior to making its market debut, the product was proven to significantly reduce the population of parasitic nematodes including but not limited to root knot, burrowing, lesion, pin, and spiral nematodes without applying harsh chemicals to the soil that might otherwise kill beneficial microorganisms.

Less than two months ago, Vegalabs nematode product was given to several prestigious Florida country clubs with a serious nematode infestation in their turf grass. Prior to application, the grass was described as weak, thin, and containing patches of dead grass because harmful nematodes had attacked the roots. To combat the problem, the Nematode Control product was applied once every 15 days for 45 days. At the end of the 45 days, the results were clear; the turf grass was visibly greener, denser, and healthier. The before-and-after photos demonstrate a dramatic visual improvement.

Using the natural extract of Geraniums, geraniol, the Nematode Control reduced the amount of harmful nematodes that attacked the turf grass while greatly reducing the environmental impact compared to other synthetic products. Nematode Control minimizes root knot nematodes and the egg hatching of phytonematodes by disrupting their feeding and reproduction process. Nematode Control also enhances plant disease resistance, stimulates root growth, and promotes improved plant health.

Nematode Control can be immediately incorporated onto crop and turf problems around the country because the product has an all-natural formulation which does not require state registration. Globally, the product has demonstrated incredible results in Asia and in Costa Rica, where farmers combating nematode problems applied the solution on their rice and pineapple crops. Nematode Controls success has opened doors to new markets including Wisconsin, California, North Carolina, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Vegalab plans to continue expansion throughout the US and Latin America, the Caribbean, and around the world.

About Vegalab LLC
Vegalab LLC is a global leader in formulating and manufacturing environmentally responsible agricultural products rooted in sustainability. Their unyielding commitment to produce eco-safe, all natural products that are based on years of biological research and patented technology has positioned the company and its Vegalab and SUPREME GROWERS brands for rapid growth and advancement. The results are breakthrough products that increase productivity, decrease residue in crops, decrease waste and reduces the chemical footprint on the land. Vegalab is an agricultural destination for responsible solutions for farming, landscaping, gardening, and home horticulture. Corporate headquarters is Geneva, Switzerland managed by David Selakovic, President of Vegalab S.A.

 

Vegalab and David Selakovic Attend Singapore Garden Festival

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – One of the premier agricultural manufacturing companies in the world was recently at The Singapore Garden Festival in August. David Selakovic, president of Vegalab LLC S.A., appeared at the popular festival to showcase the company’s latest line of products and help develop lasting professional relationships with other key industry players. Selakovic and his company had a booth at The Singapore Garden Festival where they presented their natural line of sustainable fertilizers and pesticides, including their brand-new innovation, Supreme Growers. The festival is one of the elite events on the horticulture calendar each year and the best place for companies to show off their finest products to professional and hobby gardeners.

The formula of Supreme Growers is the result of more than 20 years of gardening expertise and knowledge. Made in the United States, this product was designed for use indoors and outdoors, year-round, and is completely natural, making it a great choice for environmentally aware gardeners. The company also manufactures commercial farming products, but it was their residential line, including Myco Blast, Soil Blast, Larva Control, Kelp Blast, and Super Myco Tea, that caught visitors’ eyes in Singapore. The little miracle packages contain individual 5-gram pods that provide a gallon of high-powered fertilizer by simply adding water and allow gardeners to have a commercial farmer yield that will change the way they look at gardening forever without using any chemicals whatsoever.

This year marked the first time that The Singapore Garden Festival was actually held in a garden. The Gardens by the Bay presented a beautiful backdrop for the show, which featured miniature garden displays, a floral table setting exhibition, and other breathtaking creations from elite garden and floral experts that gave visitors an idea of what their dream garden and landscaping could look like. David Selakovic was on hand to show the festival guests how to select the right Vegalab products and how beneficial these can be for their home gardens.

Considered the global leader in manufacturing and formulating agricultural products that are sustainable, Vegalab LLC, is committed to producing eco-safe, all-natural products that are designed with the environment in mind. When applying Supreme Growers products, users can expect to see advancement and rapid growth on their property while at the same time achieving reduced residue on crops and a decreased chemical footprint left on the earth, as well as an increase in the productivity of plant and vegetable growth.

Vegalab LLC Enters the California Market with Successful Trials

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West Palm Beach, FL- November 04, 2014- Vegalab the formulator and manufacturer of environmentally responsible agricultural products rooted in sustainability today announces that they are officially entering the California market after the success of several trials conducted early this fall.

Starting this past September, Vegalab began a series of trials on crops in farms around the state with successful results. Crops including organic and conventional strawberries, cucumber, avocado, and ornamentals were treated for a variety of infections. Vegalabs agronomists and soil scientists observed that the products used for the trials were not only effective at combating destructive diseases such as fungus and mildew, but that in many instances the products created long term residual effects well beyond the initial application. In some cases a second application was never needed.

The success of our trials in California is a testament to the quality of our all natural products and a huge step forward for our company. California is the nations largest agricultural market with more than $36 billion a year in sales and produces nearly half of US-grown fruits, nuts, and vegetables.

The trials were conducted with Vegalabs all natural line of fungicide and pesticide products called Mildew ControlSpore Control and Spider Mite Control. Mildew Control uses extracts of geranium plants as the active ingredient to reach the highest level of efficacy while greatly reducing the environmental impact of using this product. Spore Control uses Thymol as a fungicidal agent and offers a safer alternative to chemical pesticides that can often be dispersed in runoff and cause subsequent contamination. Spider Mite Control uses natural cottonseed and rosemary oil extracts, in combination with geraniol, as the active ingredient.

The first trial was conducted on a farm in Oxnard, CA on strawberries 80% infected with Powdery Mildew. Vegalab applied its Mildew Control product (foliar application) on September 5th over one acre of land. Four days later the first visual evaluation showed 90% control. A month later the crop was clean and a second application was not needed. The product created a positive residual effect that lasted four weeks.

The second trial was conducted on a farm in Santa Maria on strawberries that were 35% infected with Powdery Mildew. Vegalab once again applied its Mildew Control product (foliar application) on October 6th over 16 acres of open field. Three days later the first visual evaluation showed 95% control and no disease progress. By October 23, the crop was clean and there were no more symptoms.

With the success of the Mildew Control on strawberries, Vegalab began trials on cucumbers. On October 1st, Vegalab sprayed 1 acre of cucumbers in a farm in Carpinteria. The crop, which was old and ready for its last harvest, was 95% infected. Vegalab wanted to see how Mildew Control worked under such highly infected conditions. On October 10th the first visual evaluation showed 70% control and no disease progress. This trial is being repeated on a newer crop.

Vegalab also conducted trials with its Spore Control product. The first was conducted on a farm in Santa Maria on strawberries 15% infected with a fungus disease; which causes plants to wilt and die. Vegalab applied (foliar application) its Spore Control product over one acre of land on October 6th. By October 23rd no more wilted strawberry plants were observed. There was also no phytotoxic effect to flowers or leaves.

The final trial was conducted on a farm in Oxnard on avocados infected with spider mites. On October 6th five avocado plants (separated by various rates of application) were sprayed with Spider Mite Control. On October 11th, the spider mite mortality rate was evaluated for each rate with positive results. In the area treated with the full rate on average 1.3 spider mites were alive and 16 dead.

 

David Selakovic Shares Tips on Using Vegalab Products for Successful Greenhouse Gardening

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – For the serious gardener, greenhouses are a great addition to any home yard, especially for those living in cooler climates. They provide a multitude of advantages such as being able to grow fresh vegetables all year long, the ability to grow exotic plants that may not be able to thrive in the local environment, saving money by cultivating one’s own starts, and in particular — it is good for our health! There is nothing like enjoying a day in the greenhouse, surrounded by the warm smell of earth and plants when it is snowing and gray outside. But greenhouses also bring along a unique set of challenges that need to be addressed, such as ventilation, insects and fungus. David Selakovic, President of Vegalab, a premier organic gardening company dedicated to non-toxic horticulture solutions, offers some basic tips to anyone with a greenhouse or considering building one.

“One of the most important factors that make a greenhouse successful is ventilation,” says Selakovic. It is essential to maintain proper ventilation, he explains, even in the middle of winter when it may seem unnecessary. This is to help regulate the temperature, which should remain around 75° to 85°F in the daytime and 60° to 75°F at night for summer crops and 65° to 70°F during the day and 45°F at night for colder weather crops. Ventilating the greenhouse will help keep the temperature from going too high, causing stress and weakening plants. Ventilation is also essential to help control fungi and to exchange air, allowing more carbon dioxide into the greenhouse for photosynthesis and also strengthening the woody stems. If one does encounter fungal problems, David Selakovic recommends his company’s organic fungicides as an excellent solution. They are effective at controlling both spores and mildew and are made from plant extracts, which makes them completely safe to use on food crops.

Insect pests have the potential to thrive in a greenhouse, where the more closely set plants and warm conditions can help them spread rapidly. Vegalab produces several non-toxic insecticide solutions. Their Nematode Control will help kill harmful parasitic species including, but not limited to, root knot, burrowing, lesion, pin, and spiral nematodes with the use of special micronized geraniol, which is extracted from geraniums. Another solution is their Spider Mite Control formula which is derived from plant oil extracts designed to disrupt the breathing of spider mites and also to prevent laid eggs from hatching. And finally there is Larva BioControl, which is a special solution containing live entomopathogenic nematodes that can be sprayed on plants to rapidly parasitize and kill many kinds of insect larvae including cabbage butterfly, cabbage moth, diamondback moth, peach pyralid moth, turnip moth, cutworm and others.

David Selakovic manages the Vegalab headquarter in Geneva, Switzerland, and cooperates closely with the North American office in Palm Beach, Florida. Together they seek to encourage symbiotic relationships in agriculture on both the commercial and home scale. Its mission is to boost productivity while decreasing the chemical residue and harmful waste products that can pollute the land and harm people. By researching and developing commercial applications of natural, sustainable processes, the company has produced effective, non-toxic fungicides, pesticides and fertilizers.

Vegalab Expands Its Relationship with Central American Distributor

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Vegalab, the formulator and manufacturer of environmentally responsible agricultural products rooted in sustainability, today announces that Inbiosa, a leading biotechnology company that produces organic fertilizers and bioferments in Costa Rica, is adding seven new Vegalab products to their current distribution.

Inbiosa is currently serving two dynamic agricultural markets: Costa Rica and Panama. Both are major producers of bananas, coffee, corn, rice, potatoes, sugar cane, and pineapple, among many other crops.

In Costa Rica, Inbiosa will now be offering seven new products which include: Sili Crop, Brix Up, Kelp Max, Green Titan, Actinomax SL, Forza-N, and BioCyB. In Panama, they currently offer:  Actinomax SL, Brix Up, Green Titan, Kelp Max, Sili Crop, and Mycorrhiza Complex.

The addition of these new products signals a growing global demand for all natural alternatives to replace the synthetic and harsh chemicals that are currently being used in many agricultural settings; especially in Central and Latin America.

Costa Rica has gained a reputation for being the number one user of pesticides in the world. In response, the countrys government has taken bold steps towards improving the environment. In 2009 they declared they would be the first carbon neutral country in the world by 2021; making agriculture more sustainable one of the first steps in that direction. Panamas government has made similar declarations towards sustainability by regulating pesticides in 2015.

Major produce brands such as Dole and Chiquita source their produce from farmers in countrieslike Costa Rica and they have also seen the demand for all natural and organic produce driven by the voice of the consumer. Technology and social media have created new platforms where consumers and advocacy groups can get their message out on their mistrust of toxic agricultural practices.

Both small and larger farmers are responding and beginning to depend on all natural fertilizers and pesticides to help grow healthy crops and have therefore, turned to Vegalab for its agriculture solutions.

All of Vegalabs pesticides are crafted to target the most damaging pests and diseases of essential crops. The natural insecticides, fungicides, and nematicides eliminate threats while protecting crops from unwanted pathogens. Vegalabs products promise to be effective while minimizing their chemical footprint and damage to the environment.

About Vegalab LLC

Vegalab LLC is a global leader in formulating and manufacturing environmentally responsible agricultural products rooted in sustainability.  Their unyielding commitment to produce eco-safe, all natural products that are based on years of biological research and patented technology has positioned the company and its Vegalab and SUPREME GROWERS brands for rapid growth and advancement.  The results are breakthrough products that increase productivity, decrease residue in crops, decrease waste and reduces the chemical footprint on the land. Vegalab is an agricultural destination for responsible solutions for farming, landscaping, gardening, and home horticulture.  Corporate headquarters is Geneva, Switzerland managed by David Selakovic, Presidentof Vegalab S.A.

David Selakovic Expands Vegalab’s Global Positioning Through Ecowin Acquisition

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Vegalab, a formulator and manufacturer of environmentally responsible agricultural products rooted in sustainability, announced this week that it is expanding its global positioning by acquiring a major shareholding stake in Ecowin Co Ltd, an award-winning developer and manufacturer of all-natural agricultural products based in Korea. Ecowin and all of its manufacturing facilities will be rebranded as Vegalab’s Global Innovation Center. This acquisition creates one of the industry’s leading all natural and biotechnology companies. Ecowin joins the Vegalab family with an already established history of working together successfully. In the past, the two companies already have collaborated on R&D projects that strengthened their shared vision of creating products that are healthy alternatives to synthetic agriculture products.

Ecowin’s advanced team of engineers and their reputation for leading the way in greener initiatives won them the National Green Technology Award from the Korean Prime Minister for being one of the nation’s top green technology institutions. Their dedication to change the agricultural landscape from chemical pesticides to eco-friendly bio-pesticides makes them a perfect fit for Vegalab. “As the damaging effects of synthetic products continues to surface and industry regulators enforce higher standards, commercial agricultural and consumers are beginning to look for new healthier alternatives,” said David Selakovic, President of Vegalab S.A. “With our technology-driven R&D resources combined with our expanded manufacturing facility, we are positioned for rapid growth. Together, we are able to innovate faster and blaze the trail in organic agriculture products.”

In exchange for transferring Ecowin’s intellectual property and trade secrets, Vegalab has committed to build a new state-of-the-art R&D and manufacturing facility that will be completed in Spring of 2015. The Global Innovation Center will enable a more streamlined operation with higher output and lower costs and will be on the forefront of enhancing Vegalab’s proprietary micronization and amplification processes. Logistically, this new facility will also support the ability to expedite shipments around the world. Much like David Selakovic’s expert lab team in Geneva, Switzerland, the newly expanded R&D team of Vegalab Korea aims at attracting top notch scientists and agronomists that will work together to source world-class materials and ingredients that will be used to create the finest and highest performing all natural agriculture products.

Vegalab is a global leader in formulating and manufacturing environmentally responsible agricultural products rooted in sustainability. Vegalab S.A. corporate headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland, while the North American headquarters are in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Swiss headquarters are managed by David Selakovic.

Vegalab to Participate in the CAPCA Conference in California

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Vegalab the formulator and manufacturer of environmentally responsible agricultural products rooted in sustainability, announced today that they will be showcasing their all natural line of sustainable products at this years California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) in Anaheim, CA October 19-21 at booth 915.

Each year thousands of California Pest Control Advisers (PCAs) attend the CAPCA Conference. This years theme is theGreen Zoneand will feature a series of guest speakers that will discuss pertinent topics affecting the pest management industry today. More than 1,000 licensed PCAs and agriculture professionals from around the country are expected to attend.

Vegalab will be on hand with their environmentally sustainable products that combat a variety of plant diseases, pests, and nutritional deficiencies affecting commercial farmers. Two of Vegalabs agronomists, Shea Dunifon-Porta and Alejandro Palma, are presenting on the first day and will speak about three of their geraniol based products; Nematode ControlSpore Control and Mildew Control.

Vegalabs Nematode Control product recently proved to be highly effective in fighting harmful nematodes infestations. Nematode Control is Vegalabs next generation nematicide that s built around their patented proprietary micronization and amplification technologies. Initial compatibility testing on a wide range of crops including tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, and strawberries showed over 80% efficacy. In addition to Nematode Control, other Vegalab products at the show include Spider Mite Control, Larva Bio Control, and their line of Boost products among others.

Vegalab will also feature their SUPREME GROWERS line of all natural and organic soil amendments. Rooted in more than 20 years of gardening experience and wisdom, Supreme Growersproducts are made in the USA, are all-natural and are good for year round indoor and outdoor use.

Vegalab the formulator and manufacturer of environmentally responsible agricultural products rooted in sustainability, announced today that they will be showcasing their all natural line of sustainable products at this years California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) in Anaheim, CA October 19-21 at booth 915.

Each year thousands of California Pest Control Advisers (PCAs) attend the CAPCA Conference. This years theme is theGreen Zoneand will feature a series of guest speakers that will discuss pertinent topics affecting the pest management industry today. More than 1,000 licensed PCAs and agriculture professionals from around the country are expected to attend.

Vegalab will be on hand with their environmentally sustainable products that combat a variety of plant diseases, pests, and nutritional deficiencies affecting commercial farmers. Two of Vegalabs agronomists, Shea Dunifon-Porta and Alejandro Palma, are presenting on the first day and will speak about three of their geraniol based products; Nematode ControlSpore Control and Mildew Control.

Vegalabs Nematode Control product recently proved to be highly effective in fighting harmful nematodes infestations. Nematode Control is Vegalabs next generation nematicide that s built around their patented proprietary micronization and amplification technologies. Initial compatibility testing on a wide range of crops including tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, and strawberries showed over 80% efficacy. In addition to Nematode Control, other Vegalab products at the show include Spider Mite Control, Larva Bio Control, and their line of Boost products among others.

Vegalab will also feature their SUPREME GROWERS line of all natural and organic soil amendments. Rooted in more than 20 years of gardening experience and wisdom, Supreme Growersproducts are made in the USA, are all-natural and are good for year round indoor and outdoor use.

Vegalab the formulator and manufacturer of environmentally responsible agricultural products rooted in sustainability, announced today that they will be showcasing their all natural line of sustainable products at this years California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) in Anaheim, CA October 19-21 at booth 915.

Each year thousands of California Pest Control Advisers (PCAs) attend the CAPCA Conference. This years theme is theGreen Zoneand will feature a series of guest speakers that will discuss pertinent topics affecting the pest management industry today. More than 1,000 licensed PCAs and agriculture professionals from around the country are expected to attend.

Vegalab will be on hand with their environmentally sustainable products that combat a variety of plant diseases, pests, and nutritional deficiencies affecting commercial farmers. Two of Vegalabs agronomists, Shea Dunifon-Porta and Alejandro Palma, are presenting on the first day and will speak about three of their geraniol based products; Nematode ControlSpore Control and Mildew Control.

Vegalabs Nematode Control product recently proved to be highly effective in fighting harmful nematodes infestations. Nematode Control is Vegalabs next generation nematicide that s built around their patented proprietary micronization and amplification technologies. Initial compatibility testing on a wide range of crops including tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, and strawberries showed over 80% efficacy. In addition to Nematode Control, other Vegalab products at the show include Spider Mite Control, Larva Bio Control, and their line of Boost products among others.

Vegalab will also feature their SUPREME GROWERS line of all natural and organic soil amendments. Rooted in more than 20 years of gardening experience and wisdom, Supreme Growersproducts are made in the USA, are all-natural and are good for year round indoor and outdoor use.

Vegalabs Exhibit at the FCI Trade Summit Proved to be a Success

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Vegalab the formulator and manufacturer of environmentally responsible agricultural products rooted in sustainability, successfully showcased their all natural line of sustainable products at this years 2014 Farm Chemical International (FCI) Trade Summit in Las Vegas.

This years FCI Trade Summit had record breaking attendance. Vegalab was on hand to with their environmentally sustainable products that combat a variety of plant diseases, pests, and nutritional deficiencies affecting commercial farmers.

Among the products they displayedwere Vegalabs Nematode Control product which earlier thisspring proved to be highly effective in fighting harmful nematodes infestations.  Nematode Control is Vegalabs next generation nematicide thats built around their patented proprietary micronization and amplification technologies. Initial compatibility testing on a wide range of crops including tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, and strawberries showed over 80% efficacy. In addition to Nematode Control, other Vegalab products at the show include: Spider Mite Control, Larva Bio Control, and their line of Boost products among others.

Vegalab also featured their consumer line SUPREME GROWERS thats targeted to the small farmer and home gardener.  Rooted in more than 20 years of gardening experience and wisdom, Supreme Growersproducts are made in the USA, are all natural, and are good for year round indoor and outdoor use.  They are formulated to provide the same high quality results that commercial farmers are already enjoying in a way thats scaled for the everyday consumer.

About Vegalab LLC

Vegalab LLC is a global leader in formulating and manufacturing environmentally responsible agricultural products rooted in sustainability. Their unyielding commitment to produce eco-safe, all natural products that are based on years of biological research and patented technology has positioned the company and its Vegalab and SUPREME GROWERSbrands for rapid growth and advancement.  The results are breakthrough products that increase productivity, decrease residue in crops, decrease waste and reduces the chemical footprint on the land. Vegalab is an agricultural destination for responsible solutions for farming, landscaping, gardening, and home horticulture.  Corporate headquarters is Geneva, Switzerland managed by David Selakovic, President of Vegalab S.A.

New report shows growing non GMO market

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Agriculture Industry Today posted an article today called Global non-GMO Food Market 2014-2018: Key Vendors are Amy’s Kitchen, Nature’s Path, Organic Valley and The Hain Celestial

The article reports that Research and Markets, the worlds largest market research store, has announced that they have added a GMO report to their offering. According to the research companies website, theGlobal non-GMO Food Market 2014-2018 report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Non-GMO Food market for the period 2013-2018.

Few topics in the food/agriculture industry are as controversial and heavily discussed as genetically modified organisms also known as GMOs. Arguments championing both sides of the issue have grown beyond the scientists and have found their way into everyday consumer discourse. Some giant corporations proudly stand by their GMO products while some brands proudly showcase their non GMO badge. While the disagreement ensues, one thing is certain, the demand for non GMO products is on the rise.

This new research indicates that analysts forecast the Global Non-GMO Food market will grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.92 percent over the period 2013-2018. Consumers, which is everyone who eats food, are becoming more aware of the types of food they are eating. The Farm to Table approach to food has become a major craze in the United States, and as reports surface of Europe banning certain types of foods, eating is becoming a more conscience activity.

Add in reports of climate change, environmental pollution, and growing obesity numbers; and the process of how food is grown, manufactured and consumed, further fuels the GMO dialogue. GMOs are plants created to be immune to specific diseases thus reducing the number of crops that are lost because of plant infestations. If crops can be created that are not vulnerable to the diseases that affect them, it results in growing more crops that can feed more people.

On the flip side, as this report points out, such modification in the genes of the crops and foods has resulted many health and environmental risks. As a result, more consumers in the US, Japan, Europe, Canada, and other nations are demanding non-GMO foods as it is better for their health and has lower environmental risks.

This report mentions brands that have taken the lead in providing a variety of non-GMO products. Providing these types of options means they have a source of origin that is also non-GMO. This is where farmers come into the picture. Pest and diseases are sometimes inevitable in farming, especially in large commercial farms. Using harsh pesticides and other chemicals to try and keep plants healthy hurt the environment, which in turn can contribute to climate change, and finally, create conditions where GMO s can step in. Its a cycle that can lead to long term consequences.

How then can this cycle be broken? The cycle is broken when farmers use all natural methods to growing and maintaining the health of their crops. Pests and diseases can wreak havoc but there are natural fungicides, pesticides, and fertilizers that will restore a plant’s health and make it less susceptible to diseases. Using harsh chemicals might work faster, but overtime can cause more harm than good.

At Vegalab we believe in creating products that give farmers an opportunity to grow healthy crops while being good to the environment. Long gone are the days when we were forced to treat our plants and other crops with harsh agents. These chemicals seep into our food, our water, and pollute our environment, leaving us and our children vulnerable to potential health issues.

Our scientists are using compounds that are new to the current market and have never been introduced into current commercial agricultural methods. Our research has led us to extract and find substances from specific plants and develop new practices that differ from the current trends and methodology seen in the farming world. We use micronization and amplification technologies to make healthier and highly effective natural products.

Though the topic of GMOs arent going away anytime, the growing demand for non-GMO foods is creating new food choices and forcing us all to take a closer look at the foods we eat and how they are grown.

How do you feel about GMOs? Share your thoughts with us!

Vegalab's Exhibit at the FCI Trade Summit Proved to be a Success

Vegalab the formulator and manufacturer of environmentally responsible agricultural products rooted in sustainability, successfully showcased their all natural line of sustainable products at this years 2014 Farm Chemical International (FCI) Trade Summit in Las Vegas.

This years FCI Trade Summit had record breaking attendance.Vegalab was on hand to with their environmentally sustainable products that combat a variety of plant diseases, pests, and nutritional deficiencies affecting commercial farmers.

Among the products they displayed were Vegalabs Nematode Control product which earlier this spring proved to be highly effective in fighting harmful nematodes infestations. Nematode Control is Vegalabs next generation nematicide thats built around their patented proprietary micronization and amplification technologies. Initial compatibility testing on a wide range of crops including tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, and strawberries showed over 80% efficacy. In addition to Nematode Control, other Vegalab products at the show include: Spider Mite Control, Larva Bio Control, and their line of Boost products among others.

Vegalab also featured their consumer line SUPREME GROWERS thats targeted to the small farmer and home gardener. Rooted in more than 20 years of gardening experience and wisdom, Supreme Growers products are made in the USA, are all natural, and are good for year round indoor and outdoor use. They are formulated to provide the same high quality results that commercial farmers are already enjoying in a way thats scaled for the everyday consumer.

About Vegalab LLC

Vegalab LLC is a global leader in formulating and manufacturing environmentally responsible agricultural products rooted in sustainability. Their unyielding commitment to produce eco-safe, all natural products that are based on years of biological research and patented technology has positioned the company and its Vegalab and SUPREME GROWERSbrands for rapid growth and advancement. The results are breakthrough products that increase productivity, decrease residue in crops, decrease waste and reduces the chemical footprint on the land. Vegalab is an agricultural destination for responsible solutions for farming, landscaping, gardening, and home horticulture. Corporate headquarters is Geneva, Switzerland managed by David Selakovic, President of Vegalab S.A.

The Importance of Elicitors in All-natural Agricultural Products

The secret to growing healthy crops and increasing yield with all natural agricultural products lies in the science. There are numerous components that factor into how well a product works. At Vegalab we have invested years of research to break down these important components and use them to create products that are not only highly effective, but also environmentally responsible. Elicitors are one of these components.

Elicitors are a type of biostimulant that facilitates naturally occurring functions in plants. Using these compounds and ideal management practices can result in higher yields and faster growth rates, through the manipulation of the plants mechanisms to ward off pathogens and enhance any metabolic process within the plant itself.

Our hydrolyzed protein is an amino acid powder derived from a structural protein that breaks down into a wide variety of amino acids. These broad spectrum amino acids act as an elicitor of the Krebs cycle, facilitating the synthesis of Adenosine Triphophate (ATP), the source of energy for plants.

For a great animation on the Krebs Cycle click here.

Another compound utilized from the skin of red grapes is a phytoalexin that facilitates the plants defense mechanism when the plant undergoes an attack from a pathogen. This produces a natural antimicrobial compound that protects against further pathogen intrusion, building a natural Systematic Acquired Resistance (SAR) against specific pathogens in the plant. This all-natural phenol compound acts as an antifungal substance against Botrytis cinerea, providing the plant with a natural immunity against Grey mold.

For more information on Elicitors and other components found in Vegalab products. Please reach out to us.

Vegalab to Exhibit at the Nursery/Landscape EXPO in Texas

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Vegalab the formulator and manufacturer of environmentally responsible agricultural products rooted in sustainability, announced today that they will be showcasing their Supreme Growers all natural line of sustainable products at this years 2014 Nursery/Landscape Expo in San Antonio,  August 14-16 at booth #105.

The Nursery /Landscape Expo draws more than 6,500 attendees and exhibitors each year and is considered to be a premier networking and showcasing opportunity for both buyers and sellers. Vegalab will be showcasing its Vegalab branded line of commercial agricultural products as well as its SUPREME GROWERS Home Gardening Kits and experienced gardener products.

Vegalabs line of products is highly effective for large agriculture, nurseries, turf and landscape. Their fertilizer and pesticide products combat a variety of plant diseases, pests, and nutritional deficiencies in an all-natural and environmentally responsible manner. Among the Vegalab products to be exhibited are: Mildew Control, Nematode Control, and Kelp Boost.

Supreme Growers gardening kits contain highly concentrated fertilizers and soil microbes in powder form that are individually packaged pods (similar to a sugar packet). Each 5 gram pod yields a gallon of fertilizer by just adding water thats the power of pods!

There are two kits to choose from: All Purpose Kit to grow fruits, vegetables and flowers, and the Herb & Leafy Greens Kit. Both kits include OMRI listed ingredients and a proprietary 3-Step System that takes the guess work out of gardening, creating healthier soils that support more robust plant growth.

Nursery and landscape professionals will discover that in addition to Supreme Growers gardening kits, the brand also has also other offerings to help them grow and maintain beautiful plants and landscapes. Supreme Growers BudCharge is a unique pre-bloom supercharger containing natural compounds that enhances flowering during bloom cycle. Budcharge also promotes early flowering, improves plant density, produces better fruit and vegetable yields and is safe for reservoirs.

The 2014 Nursery/Landscape Expo is a unique opportunity to spread awareness about our natural and effective Supreme Grower Products. Professional farmers and landscapers all over the world use Vegalab products to grow an array of crops and vegetation.

About Vegalab LLC

Vegalab LLC is a global leader in formulating and manufacturing environmentally responsible agricultural products rooted in sustainability. Their unyielding commitment to produce eco-safe, all natural products that are based on years of biological research and patented technology has positioned the company and its Vegalab and SUPREME GROWERSbrands for rapid growth and advancement. The results are breakthrough products that increase productivity, decrease residue in crops, decrease waste and reduces the chemical footprint on the land. Vegalab is an agricultural destination for responsible solutions for farming, landscaping, gardening, and home horticulture. Corporate headquarters is Geneva, Switzerland managed by David Selakovic, President of Vegalab S.A.