General Industry Operations

GEAPS Exchange 2024: Panel – Fumigation Best Practices

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Speakers: Perry Nettles, Blake Buckner, Courtney Christenson, Jeff Waggoner, Jeremy Jackson, Justin Moses

Session Description

This session will address effective techniques to limit insect infestation in grain storage. This is a two hour session with a 15 minute break.

Meet The Speakers

Perry Nettles

South Regional Manager


Accomplished Regional Manager with a rich background in the agribusiness and pest control sectors, leveraging over two decades of experience in operational leadership, team development, and strategic growth initiatives.

Blake Buckner

Director of Operations

Degesh America

Blake Buckner is the Director of US Operations for Degesch America. Blake joined Degesch America, Inc. in 2002 as a Project Supervisor and his career with has taken him through many job growth opportunities as he built a career in the
fumigation industry from the ground up. He is highly experienced in the fumigation and protection of a multitude of commodities but possesses vast expertise in stored products and motor vessel fumigations. Blake directs the service operations across the United States but is also highly involved with developing internal and external training programs focused on Fumigation Safety, Product Stewardship and Product Development for Degesch America.

Courtney Christenson

North America Technical Sales and Development Manager


For 12 years Courtney Christenson has been the North American Technical Sales and Development Manager for Eco2Fume and Vaporphos; The cylinderized phosphine fumigants of Synesqo.
Prior to his current role, Courtney spent 30 years with a large fumigation company covering Minnesota and surrounding states where he sold and performed fumigation services in the grain and food processing industry. Courtney used numerous formulations of fumigants including Methyl Bromide,Sulfuryl Fluoride and all formulations of Phosphine.
Courtney and his wife Jill reside in Minnesota and have three adult children and two grandchildren.
Jeff Wagoner

Jeff Waggoner

Vice President/General Manager


Jeff Waggoner is vice president and general manager for FSS. He has been with the company since the early 1990s, starting as foods division manager, then moving up the ranks to regional manager, general manager to vice president and general manager. His skills include chlorine dioxide decontamination, integrated pest management, operations management, safety and compliance, systems/spot fumigation, heat treatments, grain protectants, controlled atmospheres, fumigation monitoring and application systems and food safety.
Waggoner grew up on family farm. While he no longer farms, he enjoys sharing a home in the country with his wife and four children.

Jeremy Jackson

Business Development Manager

Douglas Products

Jeremy Jackson has more than 23 years of experience in the fumigation industry. Jeremy started in the pest control industry in August of 2000. From 2000 to 2014 he conducted and managed some of the largest fumigations in North America. Since 2015, Jeremy has been involved in distribution and fumigant manufacturing. Joining Douglas Products, he has the responsibility of Business Development Manager and Special Projects Manager. Douglas Products has garnered industrywide recognition for our exceptional product stewardship.

Justin Moses

Justin Moses

District Manager