WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Valent U.S.A. Corp. has named Gary Gaar as the new market manager for its Southern Row Crop segment. Gaar, a Louisiana native now residing in Tennessee, has more than 25 years of sales management experience in the Mid-South, Southeast and Southwest.

Gaar most recently served as Mid-South district manager for Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. Prior to the Syngenta merger, Gaar’s sales district held the No. 1 spot in sales for eight years for Zeneca Ag Products. He has also worked in sales management positions for Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) and Elanco Products Co.

“I am very excited about the addition of Gary to our marketing team,” said Valent president Trevor Thorley. “The respect and trust he has gained in the marketplace, combined with his vast business skills and considerable knowledge of the Southern markets, will help him effectively market Valent’s key brands like Orthene and Select, while still allowing him to introduce new value-added products such as Valor lay-by for cotton.”

Gaar said his major goal is to create better communications between Valent, the market channel and Southern row crop growers. He said he looks forward to working with segments of the agribusiness community that he has built relationships with over the past 25 years and serving them through his new role at Valent. Gaar said he wanted growers to learn more about Valent’s portfolio and how it can help them increase productivity.

“It is a win-win situation for both the growers and Valent,” Gaar said. “Valent provides the growers with products that help them become more productive and create a better bottom line. In return, Valent also improves their bottom line through increased sales and loyal customers.”

Gaar has served on the board of directors for Agricenter International for eight years and was chairman of the board from 2000 to 2001. He is a member of several professional organizations including the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants, the Mississippi Agricultural Consultants Association, the Louisiana Agricultural Chemical Association and the Southern Cotton Ginners Association.

He received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. During his college career, he worked for Ray Young, an agricultural consultant in Louisiana with more than 50 years experience growing cotton, other row crops and cattle. Gaar said the internship he had with Young impacted many of the decisions he has made since graduation.

“Working for him had a very positive influence on the direction I took in agriculture and in my career,” Gaar said. “He inspired me to love farming the way he did and to keep pushing for new solutions to age-old agriculture problems.”

Valent U.S.A. markets and sells herbicides, insecticides, bio-insecticides, insect growth regulators, nematicides, baits and plant growth regulators for the agricultural, horticultural, turf, ornamental and professional pest control markets.

For more information about Valent U.S.A., and its products, contact Valent or visit its Web site at www.valent.com.

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