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Agrimarketing : February 2009
BASF appointsMarkus Heldt as head of its Crop Protection division. He was responsible for the compa- ny’s crop protection business in N.A. He succeedsMichael Heinz who becomes head of the global Ciba integration team. Also, BASF announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire Sorex Holdings Ltd., a manufactur- er of branded chemical and non- chemical products for professional pest management. The transaction includes U.S.- basedWhitmireMicro-Gen and U.K.-based Sorex Ltd. Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack is the new Sec’y of Agriculture. He is a strong proponent of renewable energy and developing the nation’s alter- native fuel industry. and sediment movement. The Nature Conservancy, the Iowa Soybean Association, National Audubon Society and DeltaWildlife are among the groups that will also partner in the project.Monsanto will commit more than $5 million to support all of the projects and work actively with all the four groups to share the data generated with its farmer customers. The company will also encourage on-farm adoption of management practices that contribute to water quality. Also,Monsanto partners with TheWeather Channel Interactive to create a new section dedicated to weather and farming at www. weather.com/farming. It includes up- to-date weather information perti- nent to the ag community, such as severe weather alerts affecting crops and detailed data about precipita- tion, wind and soil moisture. The company announces it will Vilsack Pilgrim’s Pride names Dr.Don Jackson as Pres/CEO subject to approval of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Lonnie Ken Pilgrim, its cur- rent Chmn, is named interim Pres until such time as Jackson’s employ- ment is approved by the bankruptcy court. Jackson joins the company immediately on an interim basis. He had been Pres of Foster Farms’ poul- try division and has been with ConAgra and Seaboard Farms. He will assume the combined duties of Clint Rivers, the former Pres/CEO and Robert A.Wright, the former COO, both of whom resigned from the company as part of its reorganization process under Chapter 11. Tractor Supply appoints John D. Wendler as Sr VP/Mktg. He had been with Express, a subsidiary of Limited Brands, Inc. where he managed the company’s brand repositioning. Monsanto announces a new initia- tive to improveMississippi River water quality by reducing nutrient 6 Agri Marketing s January/February 2009 delay the opening of its planned $100 million seed corn plant near Independence, IA, for one year. It reports it had record seed produc- tion in 2008 and the additional capacity isn’t needed this year. Dr. Jay Akridge is named Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture at Purdue University. He will be responsible for the College of Agriculture and the Indiana Agricultural Experiment Station; the Akridge Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and International Programs in Agriculture, and theOffice of Indiana State Chemis, Seed Commissioner and theAnimal Disease Diagnostic Lab. PreviouslyAkridge served as the university’s interimvice provost for engagement andwas Dir of the Center for Food andAgricultural Business. Bill Streeter is named Pres/ Exec Officer for MFAInc. He has 35 years of coopera- tive business experience, including ten years at his latest post as Sr VP of MFA’s Agri Services division. Streeter Asurvey by TABS (The Analytical Business Solution) finds that con- sumer demand for organic products has leveled-off. The market research group found that less than 40% of adults say they have purchased anything from the major organic categories in the last six months. Mintel and the Hartman Group found similar results in studies con- ducted late last year. King Pharmaceuticals, Inc. , Bristol, TN, acquires Alpharma Inc. for a total of $1.6 billion in cash represent- ing $37.00 per share. To gain FDA approval for the deal, Alpharma’s painkiller Kadian was sold to the drug’s maker, Actavis Group. www.AgCareers.com reports its Top TenCareer and Industry Types of 2008. The rankings are based on number of job postings on theWeb site. TOP TEN CAREER TYPES 1. Sales 2.Management/Manager 3. Production 4.Marketing 5.Operations 6.Agronomist 7. Engineering 8. Research Scientist 9. Financial Services 10.Merchandiser/Trader/Broker TOP TEN INDUSTRY TYPES 1.Agronomy 2. Crop Protection/Chemicals 3. Biotechnology 4. Equipment/Machinery 5.Grain 6. Seed 7.Dairy 8. Food/Hospitality 9. Beef 10. Feed
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