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Agrimarketing : January February 2015
AT CLOSING NEWS S&W Seed Company acquires DuPont Pioneer’s alfalfa germplasm, as well as its alfalfa production and research facility assets, for a purchase price of up to $49 million. Under the agreement, DuPont Pioneer will continue to sell Pioneer brand alfalfa varieties to customers globally. Joining S&W Seed are former DuPont Pioneer employees Robin Newell as VP/No. American Sales, Dr. Mark Smith as Dir of Breeding & Genetics and Kirk Rolfs as VP/Production. Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa acquires John Deere Insurance Company and John Deere Risk Protection, Inc. The transaction is subject to regulatory review and approval. Closing is expected in the first quarter of the 2015 calendar year. FMC announces changes in these executive roles: Bethwyn Todd is named Dir for Agricultural Solutions in Asia and Pres of FMC Asia. She also becomes VP of FMC Corporation. Eric Norris is named VP and Global Business Dir for FMC Health and Nutrition. Tom Schneberger is named VP and Global Business Dir for FMC Lithium. Trimble acquires IRON Solutions, Franklin, TN. IRON Solutions provides market Wilbur-Ellis Co. relocates its Agribusiness operations from California to Denver, CO. “The move puts us in the middle of our entire operating area, closer to our 175 branch locations and to our customers,” says Dan Vradenburg, President of the Agribusiness Division. “The new facility will make it easier for employees to connect with our customers.” He reports, “The relocation is part of the business’s multi-faceted ‘Alignment for Growth’ plan announced this past summer. The agribusiness industry is experiencing a host of changes that will continue to develop over the next several years. These changes range from volatile markets and more retirements to new innovations and technologies and unpredictable weather, as well as other world-wide influences.” The Agribusiness Division is a $2.1 billion business, with more than 2,800 employees serving customers in over 250 crop segments in the U.S. AM information, analytics-based intelligence and a cloud-based enterprise system to improve dealer and producer productivity. A company spokesperson reports, “Coupled with Trimble’s Connected Farm solution, IRON Solutions will enable improved real-time decisions for equipment fleets and more tightly linked equipment, seed and chemical dealers to the grower through its ERP/CRM systems.” The Climate Corporation, a Monsanto unit, acquires 640 Labs. Founded by Engineers Corbett Kull and Craig Rupp, 640 Labs is an agricultural technology startup based in Chicago, IL, which works to leverage the power of analytics, mobile technologies and cloud computing to help farmers capture and store in-field data. Ulrich (Bob) Trogele, Ph.D., joins American Vanguard as Exec VP/COO. He had been with FMC as Pres – Asia Pacific and has served as a Professor of International Business at the Berlin University, Germany, School of Economics and Law. Trogele United Suppliers and six western retail distributors form Aligned Ag Distributors LLC to handle the crop protection purchasing and supplier programs of the owners of Franklin Holding Co. (FHC). FHC owners include The McGregor Co., Colfax, WA; The Tremont/Lyman Group, Woodland,
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