Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting STK Bio-Ag’s Website or interacting with us via e-mail.

In the event that STK asks you for any information, you are hereby advised that we are committed to collecting, maintaining, and securing personal information about you in accordance with this Privacy Policy (this “Privacy Policy”), as well as applicable laws, rules and regulations. This Policy applies to personal information (as defined below) collected from STK online resources and communications (such as this Website, via e-mail, and other online tools) that display a link to this Policy. This Policy does not apply to third-party online resources to which STK’s Website may link, where STK does not control the content or the privacy practices of such resources.
How We Collect and Use Information

a) Information for Customer Support and Inquiries
We collect and store personal information, such as name, email address, telephone number, business affiliation and contact information, when you submit inquiries or requests with respect to our products or services, or when you contact us for the purpose of purchasing products and services. We will use such information to contact you only for the purposes for which you sent the inquiry.

b) Information for Marketing and Promotional Purposes
We also collect and store personal information, such as name, email address, telephone number, business affiliation and other contact information, if you subscribe to our newsletter or wish to attend our events, for the purpose of sending you product information, marketing, business and promotional materials or information on our future events. We do so only if you have given your explicit, free and informed consent for such purposes. In line with the GDPR we will always give you the opportunity to opt in to our mailing list and without your consent we will not add you to our mailing list to receive direct marketing or market research information.

c) Information for the maintenance and Improvement of our Website and Services
We may also use your personal information, such as web server logs, IP addresses, cookies and web beacons, when you send us inquiries regarding our products or when you browse the Website, to administrate and improve this Website or our products and services, for our internal records and for statistical analysis.

d) Cookies
This Website may also collect cookies subject to our Cookie Policy available
https://stk-ag.com/cookie-policy/

Legal Basis for Processing
Our collection and processing of personal information is based on the following:
a) Need to carry out the above processing of information, which is in anticipation of entering into commercial engagements or as part of the performance of existing engagements with you or the organization you work for.
b) To the extent that we use the personal information for advertising or promotional activities, we will request your specific, freely-given, unbundled, informed and separate consent to such uses.
c) To the extent that we use the personal information to improve this Website or for analyzing statistics, the basis for collection of data is our legitimate interest to conduct such improvements and analysis.

Services
We may provide services based on third party applications and content tools on STK Website such as Google Maps. These third parties may automatically receive certain types of information whenever you interact with us on our Website using such third party applications and tools.

Your Choices
You have several choices regarding your use of our Website. You could decide not to submit any personally identifiable information at all by not entering into any forms or data fields on our Website and not using any available personalized services. We may ask for your permission for certain uses of your information and you can agree to or decline those uses. If you opt-in for particular services or communications, such as an e-newsletter, you will be able to unsubscribe at any time by following the instructions included in each communication.

Data Security
STK uses technology and security precautions, rules and other procedures to protect your personal information from unauthorized access, improper use, disclosure, loss or destruction. To ensure the confidentiality of your information, STK uses also industry standard firewalls and password protection, taking into consideration the state of the art technology, the costs of implementation and the nature, scope, context and purposes of processing as well as the risk of processing your personal information. It is, however, your personal responsibility to ensure that the computer you are using is adequately secured and protected against malicious software, such as trojans, computer viruses and worm programs. You are aware of the fact that without adequate security measures (e.g. secure web browser configuration, up-to-date antivirus software, personal firewall software, no usage of software from dubious sources) there is a risk that the data and passwords you use to protect access to your data, could be disclosed to unauthorized third parties.

Data Sharing and Transfer
STK shares personally identifiable data about you with various outside companies or agents doing technological maintenance or working on our behalf to help fulfill business transactions, such as providing customer services, and sending marketing communications about our products, services and offers. We may also share personally identifiable data with our company’s subsidiaries and affiliates. All these companies and agents are required to comply with the terms of our privacy policies.
More specifically, we may send your personal information to other companies or people under any of the following circumstances:
a) When we have your consent to share the information;
b) When we need to send the information to companies who work on behalf of STK to provide a product or service you have requested as part of our contractual relationship (we will only provide those companies the information they need to deliver the product or service, and they are prohibited from using that information for any other purpose);
c) In the event of sale or transfer of all or substantially all of STK or any STK affiliate’s shares or assets, in cases of mergers or in case of negotiations with respect to the foregoing;
d) To our service providers and subcontractors in order to keep you up to date on the latest product announcements, services updates, special offers or other information we think you’d like to hear about either from us or from our business partners (unless you have opted out of these types of communications), only if you gave your explicit, free and informed consent to such processing activities, as detailed above.
e) To respond to appropriate requests of legitimate government agencies or where required by applicable laws, court orders, or government regulations; or
f) Where needed for corporate audits or to investigate or respond to a complaint or security threat.

We will not sell or otherwise transfer the personally identifiable information you provide to us at our Websites to any third parties for their own direct marketing use unless we provide clear notice to you and obtain your explicit consent for your data to be shared in this manner.

Other than as described above, any other transfer of your personal information to third parties will be subject to your consent.

Data Retention
The STK stores the personal information as long as it is necessary to fulfil the purpose for which the data has been collected. This means that STK deletes your personal information when such information is no longer necessary. Statistics which has been anonymised may be saved thereafter.

Data Subject Rights
You may at any time request the rectification or erasure of your personal information. Please note however that deletion could mean that STK cannot process your requests or provide you any requested services. You have the right to request a copy of your personal information from our record. You have the right to request a limitation of the use of your personal information (for example if you deem the information to be incorrect) or the termination of use of your personal information (for example as regards the use of the information to improve our services).

Links to Other Sites
Our Website contains links to a number of websites that may offer useful information to our visitors. STK does not share your personal information with those websites and is not responsible for their privacy practices. It should be clarified that this Privacy Policy does not apply to those websites, and we recommend communicating to them directly for information on their privacy policies. Although we choose our business partners carefully, STK is not responsible for the privacy practices of websites operated by third parties that are linked to our site. Once you have left our Website, you should check the applicable privacy policy of the third party website to determine how they will handle any information they collect from you.

Privacy Policy for Children
Our Website is directed to an adult audience. We do not collect any personally identifiable information from anyone we know to be under the age of 16 without the prior, verifiable consent of his or her legal representative. Such legal representative has the right, upon request, to view the information provided by the child and/or to require that it be deleted.

Updates to Privacy Policy
From time to time, the STK may revise this Privacy Policy. Any such changes to this Privacy Policy will be promptly communicated on this page. Continued use of our Website after receiving notice of a change in our Privacy Policy indicates your consent to the use of newly submitted information in accordance with the amended Stockton Privacy Policy. The effective date of this Privacy Policy is June 27, 2018.

Privacy Inquiries
STK is responsible for the processing of your personal information, and requests to exercise your rights as stated above shall be addressed to marketing@stk-ag.com
If you are a resident of the EU/EEA, and have a complaint regarding the processing of your personal information by STK you are entitled to report such dissatisfaction to the applicable supervisory authority in your country of residence.

How to Contact the STK
For questions or if you wish the STK to amend or delete your personal information, please contact us in writing (by post), as follows:
Stockton (Israel) Ltd.
17 Ha’Mefalsim St., Petach Tikva
P.O.B. 3517, 49134 Israel
Tel: +972.72.2570000
Fax: +972.72.2570001
www.stk-ag.com

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Combining the powers of biological agents and synthetic chemistries

As a leader in biopesticides innovation, STK Bio-ag Technologies (formerly Stockton) is pioneering a new generation of ‘hybrid pest control’ products that combine the powers of biological agents and synthetic chemistries, and which may present a new era in pest control. With recent partnership agreements with industry giants such as BASF, Syngenta and Seipasa, this seemed like a great time for Chemicals Knowledge to catch up with STK’s Chief Scientist, Professor Moshe Reuveni. STK seems to be in a great place right now! How have the values and mission of the company led you here? STK was founded and is headquartered in Israel, the ‘innovation nation’! Innovation and sustainable agriculture are in our DNA, and we are committed to the values of sustainable agriculture – from field to fork. This stems from our main mission to provide premium, highly effective products, with low chemical residues and novel and unique mechanisms of action (MOA). We also aim to provide additional yield benefits, and to ensure that our products are flexible and easy to apply, and chemically compatible with many other active ingredients. What are the main benefits of biopesticides? There are many advantages. Biopesticides come from nature – they may be plant extracts, like Timorex Gold, which effectively ruptures pathogen cells (Figure 1), or bacteriological, like Aviv, a powerful Bacillus subtilis requiring less than half the dosage of other biopesticides. In any case, biopesticides contain no synthetic chemicals. They are produced from renewable sources, and they leave minimal crop residue, making crops treated with biopesticides much more competitive in domestic and international markets. Regulators, consumers and retail supermarkets all want to reduce the chemical residue on their produce. The selectivity of biopesticides, which target only their natural enemies, also helps to maintain beneficial insect and mite populations, ensure worker safety and promote environmental safety. Today’s biopesticides are as effective – or even more effective – than synthetic chemical pesticides, in terms of crop protection and increasing yields. Furthermore, biopesticides are an important weapon in managing pesticide resistance. They can help reduce the selection pressure for the evolution of resistance to synthetic pesticides, and the risk of pests and pathogens developing resistance to biopesticides is low, especially as these agents often have multiple modes of action. Switzerland recently announced that it is considering a total ban of synthetic pesticides – do you think it is feasible to have a world free of synthetics? The world’s population is expected to grow from the current 7 billion people to 9 billion people by 2050. In order to feed all of these people and avoid mass starvation, mankind will need to double crop yields globally. This is a tall order, and to achieve this, growers will need effective tools for combating diseases – we think this will need to include biopesticides and synthetic chemical pesticides; or hybrid technologies that combine the two. The use of biopesticides is forecast to grow by 15% to 20% annually for the foreseeable future, while synthetic chemical use is predicted to grow at a slower annual rate of 3%. If those growth rates are maintained, eventually we will be in a situation where more biopesticides than synthetic pesticides are being used. We think this will be a good situation to be in, for the many reasons discussed above, but we still see a continued need for good synthetic pesticides. Can you tell us more about ‘hybrid’ technologies and how they expect to encourage uptake of biological agents? STK has introduced the world’s first ‘hybrid’ pesticide, Regev – the ‘pre-mix’ of a synthetic pesticide with a botanical-based biopesticide. Specifically, it combined a Tea Tree botanical extract and difenoconazole in an easy-to-use formulation. The combination of a natural product with broad-spectrum activity and a traditional site-specific synthetic provides growers with the different modes of action of a botanical-based active ingredient and an effective chemical pesticide. The hybrid combination results in a reduced synthetic chemical load on the environment, compared with other traditional mixtures based on two synthetic chemicals. Regev is an effective and unique tool for resistance management, and it is clearly suitable for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs. This product is also a bridge for growers who have never previously tried a biopesticide. These growers can use Regev in exactly the same way as their current chemical pesticide: no mixing, no rotating, easy-to-use… and with the benefits of lowering chemical residues, improved resistance management and yield growth. Regev will accelerate the uptake of biological products by making it easy. Historically, biopesticides have been used largely on high-value crops, such as fruits and vegetables, but hybrids like Regev are not only being used on fruits and vegetables, but have proven to be a cost-effective approach for row crops like soy beans, and field and broad acre crops like corn. Regev is already being used in 10 countries throughout Latin America, Israel, Serbia and the Philippines. Plans for 2019 call for the global rollout of REGEV. How are you working with global majors to encourage global distribution of these technologies? To accelerate the distribution of STK’s biological technologies for sustainable agriculture, we have entered into partnerships with various companies . In Brazil, Timorex Gold botanical-based biofungicide is co-distributed by both STK and BASF, which is proving to be very effective in this very large country. In the US, Aviv, our low-dose Bacillus subtilis biofungicide, is distributed by Syngenta. Not all of our distributors are the global majors, and STK is always open to partnerships with companies large, medium and small. What’s next for STK? Beyond the continuing geographic distribution of Timorex Gold, Regev and Aviv, STK has a powerful pipeline of new biological products to provide new tools to help growers reach the goal of doubling their yields by 2050. This pipeline includes new biopesticides based either on powerful natural plant molecules or plant extracts to be used as bio-fungicides or bio-insecticides. In addition, new hybrids combining natural active ingredients and reliable synthetic active chemicals, to be used on wide range of crops and pathogens, are under development. Interview with: Professor Moshe Reuveni, Chief Scientist at STK bio-ag technologies, Ha’Mefalsim St 17, POB 3517, Petach Tikva 4951447, Israel