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Agrimarketing : November December 2008
JSI Parent, Inc. acquires Jimmy Sanders Inc., a Cleveland,MI, com- pany that owns and operates 43 retail farmcenters located inMI,AR, TN, and LA. Included in the sale is the com- pany’s interest in the Light,AR, seed plant, the company’s corporate head- quarters, river terminals and distrib- ution centers. Valent U.S.A. Corporation pro- motes Kevin Hammill to VP/Business Operations. Hewas Sr Dir ofMktg. Bridgestone FirestoneNorth American Tire, LLC reorganizes its Bridgestone AmericasHolding, Inc.’s tire businesses in theAmericas. The newoperating unitwill be known as Bridgestone Americas TireOperations. Kenneth L. Allen is promoted to Hammill Pres,Agricultural Tire,U.S.& Canada Commercial Tire Sales division. Shawn Rasey is promoted to Pres, Off the Road Tire, U.S.& Canada Commercial Tire Sales division. Following the recent FDAapproval of BaytrilR 100 (enrofloxacin) Injectable Solution for the treatment and control of swine respiratory dis- ease (SRD), Bayer AnimalHealth adds three swine experts to its sales and veterinary technical services teams: JimLovin andMarkHux as Technical Sales Specialists andDr. IN MEMORIAM Former Chmn of the Board of Syngenta AG,Heinz Imhof, passed away in Geneva on Octo- ber 10, age 66, after a long illness.He led the Syngenta Board fromits creation in November 2000 until his resignation in 2005. 10 AgriMarketing s November/December 2008 DOWAGROSCIENCES NEWS DowAgroSciences LLC (DAS) acquires RenzeHybrids Inc., Carroll, IA, and Brodbeck Seed,Wabash, IN. In the Renze agreement, DASwill acquire all sales,marketing and agronomy assets and its soybean production assets. The Renze brandwill be continued and headquarterswill remain in Carroll. CraigWilliams, currently OpsMgr for Renze,will remainwith the business as its Gen’lMgr. TimRenze and Jeff Renzewill serve as consul- tants and,with their father Cyril, have formed RenPro Inc., a newseed corn production company to provide hybrid corn for Renze Seeds. In the Brodbeck agreement, DASwill acquire all sales,marketing and agronomy assets and the product development programand associated assets. Stan Leland, Pres of Brodbeck,will remainwith the business to lead the company.Doug Ricewill serve as the Financial andMktgMgr, andMike Coomerwill continue to lead the research and development activities. Current Brodbeck owned production and distribution assetswill be operated by Advanced Ag Resources, Inc. and Accelerated Ag Distribution, LLC andwill be led by RobertHettmansperger. DAS also acquires the assets of SudwestsaatGbR (SWS), a German seed corn company. It is the third acquisition for DowAgroSciences in Europe followingMTI andDuoMaize in 2007. In Brazil, DAS acquires the seed corn production facilities of Coodetec, one of the nation’s largest co-ops andmarketers of soybean seed. AM AndyHoltcamp as amember of the Veterinary Technical Services group. BASF grantsNufarmAmericas Inc. an exclusive license to the trade- mark andmarketing rights of its Weedmaster herbicide in the U.S. Monsanto announces staff changes in its U.S. Business Support Commu- nications team. Mimi Ricketts is named Corn Comms Lead. She joined the com- pany this summer and had been with theNat’l CornGrowers Assoc. Ben Kampelman is appointed Oilseeds Comms Lead.Hewas a with the Technology Comms Team. Janice Person is named Cotton & Chemistry Comms Lead. She hasworked for Custom Applicator and Cotton Farming magazines,Gibbs&Soell andDelta and Pine Land. Mica Veihman is appointed Vegetables Comms Lead. She led Seminis’ communications and industry outreach efforts. Shewas PublicAffairsMgr forMonsanto. Agri-Business Solutions, Peoria, IL, amarketing, financialmanagement and crop insurance consulting firm, changes its name toWater Street Solutions. The namewas selected to differentiate the company from others serving agriculturewith “Agri-Business” in their names. Formore information, see: www.waterstreet.org. KimLang joins the firmas SrMktg Specialist. She has beenwithDTNand Valmont Corp. Jimmy Johnson is named Fungi- cide Business Mgr for the Green Business group of Bayer Environmental Science.Hewill also serve as the Bayer golf indus- try lead. Johnson CargillAgHorizons andWells Fargo launch the newgrain-equity tool Elite- HEDGE thatwill be available in all markets they jointly serve. The tool enables growers to leverage the value of their deferred- delivery grain sale commitments to Cargill via aWellsFargo line of credit,which is used exclusively to offset the hedging costs of the con- tract until final delivery of grain to a Cargill-approved delivery point.
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