US: High-value crop IPM consultancy expands leadership and services

Today, at the World Ag Expo in California’s Central Valley, CropWalk and CropTalk Media announced an organizational restructuring that has added two new leaders to the company’s rapidly growing industry presence. Charlie McKenzie, Director of Partnerships, and Jason Gauthier, Director of Business have been working behind the scenes since late 2019 to bolster the service offerings of both companies with Robert Shearer, the newly appointed Director of Operations, and Ayana Stock, the recently added Lead Auditor and Social Media Director. “Robert and Ayana are both Humboldt State University-trained botanists with extensive experience working in the cannabis industry as well as in academia,” Charlie explains.

Followers of CropWalk, a full-service integrated pest management (IPM) consultancy emphasizing biosecurity and preventative pest and pathogen biocontrols, and of CropTalk Media, a podcast approaching 50 episodes, will enjoy the rollout of a wide offering of new services and products over the year 2020. “Stay tuned to both for exciting announcements. This boost in production expertise and horticultural acumen allows CropWalk to deliver an unmatched and value-driven offering of services,” Charlie points out.

The first expanded offering from CropWalk is the comprehensive internal audit of all IPM-related aspects of cultivation operations possible, from facility layouts to products used, and from procedures followed to the plants themselves. Their auditing team now takes a deep dive into over 300 questions in their 10-point assessment and provides detailed, actionable reports. The CropWalk Audit will complement the company’s existing repertoire of remote monitoring, biocontrol supply chain management, SOP development, and employee training services.

“CropWalk is a full-service IPM consultancy, working across various agricultural sectors, that empowers growers to develop and independently manage their pest and pathogen control programs. The team prides itself on being cultivators, not salespeople. CropWalk works towards a future where sustainable IPM and biosecurity programs are affordable for farmers and foster increased consumer accessibility to clean, healthy, and abundant food, flowers, and medicine,” Charlie concludes.  

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