Parabug announced a new addition to their expanding network today as Agratek Aerial Services joins them to provide effective biocontrol to family farms throughout the central coast agricultural community.
Started by a family farmer and run by a small group of dedicated individuals, Parabug’s mission is to make beneficial insects more accessible to growers.
“We’re not just a tech company,” says General Manager Jaclyn Bennett, wife of Chandler Bennett the company’s founder, “we are family farmers who want to give other family farmers access to effective and affordable pest management using beneficial insects.”
Beneficial insects can be used as a sustainable part of a broader pest management strategy. Delivering beneficial insects by drone can help:
Create more profitable crops with fewer labor inputs.
Free up limited labor for other vital on-farm tasks.
Disperse insects even in tough terrain or challenging field conditions.
Provide uniform biocontrol exactly when and where growers need it.
And supply family farms with an affordable way to integrate beneficial insects into their pest management plan.
Their partnership with Agratek Aerial Services will make Parabug technology more available in the Santa Maria and Oxnard regions, as well as supply additional Parabug operators to California’s Central Valley.
Agratek Aerial Services was pioneered this year by two dedicated aviation professionals, Mark English and Jim Kunkle. They will be providing a variety of services to Central California growers, including multispectral imaging, aerial surveying and aerial cinematography.
Mark English, who has been flying full scale aerial application helicopters for thirty-five years, is eager to expand his services with Parabug. “This is the next step for the agricultural sector,” he says, “I’m excited to branch into the next generation of pest management using drones.”
Jim Kunkle is the owner of Central Coast Jet Center in Santa Maria, and is a third generation pilot. He is excited to use his passion for aviation and agriculture to help bring local farmers a new tool to tool to grow more profitable crops.
“Parabug was created by a farmer, for farmers,” Jaclyn says, “and this partnership with Agratek will expand our reach so we can provide growers easier access to beneficial insects.”