"Thanks to these scholarships, Justin and Kippy's dreams are beginning to take flight," said Fellows, "and the agricultural aviation industry is much better off because of it."
BASF continued its support of the NAAA Annual Convention and Exposition as a diamond-level sponsor, which included sponsoring the kick-off breakfast and NAAA scholarships. In addition to sponsoring the yearly event, BASF continues to work with NAAA and NAAREF year-round to keep safety and efficiency top-of-mind for pilots across the U.S. Each year, BASF sponsors a number of NAAREF's Operation S.A.F.E. (Self-Regulating Application and Flight Efficiency) fly-in workshops, a program that educates pilots to make safe and precise applications.
"BASF is committed to the aerial application industry, and the Operation S.A.F.E. workshops are just one more way we can help educate pilots and keep them safe in the air," Fellows said.
The workshops are an opportunity to boost equipment performance, applicator knowledge and ensure safety. During these hands-on sessions, applicators work with trained analysts to get aircraft in top working condition and learn about pertinent legal requirement. Thanks to Operation S.A.F.E. fly-ins, more than 330 aircraft were inspected in 2012 alone, not to mention hundreds more in previous years.
In 2013, BASF will also continue as the exclusive AgSync marketing partner. Through this partnership, AgSync provides a complete aerial work order management system designed to help applicators with planning and transparency.
In addition to these programs and partnerships, BASF has helped lead the proliferation of aerial fungicide application beginning with the introduction of Headline® fungicide in the early 2006. Today, BASF offers a number of fungicide products in addition to Headline fungicide that can be applied aerially. That includes Twinline® fungicide and Caramba® fungicide for cereals and Headline AMP® fungicide, a combination fungicide specifically developed for corn growers who want maximum protection from foliar disease, as well as improved Plant Health. New in 2012, BASF also launched Priaxor™ fungicide, a new product powered by Xemium® fungicide, which provides a new mode of action for use on soybean, potato and tomato crops.
"Investing in our products is just as important as investing in the professionals who apply them," said Fellows. "We're honored to partner with industry leaders like NAAA to help move the industry forward."
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