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Agrimarketing : March 2009
J.R. Simplot Co. names Bill Whitacre as CEO, succeeding Larry Hlobik, who retires after 11 years with the company, the past seven years as CEO. Most recently, violation under the company’s Code of Business Conduct. His duties have been assumed by Robert P. Jornayvaz III, Chmn/ CEO, and his COO duties are assumed by Hugh E. Harvey, Jr., Chief Tech Officer. Anumber of class action law- Whitacre Whitacre was Pres of the company’s AgriBusiness Group. Prior, he was Pres/CEO of Research Seeds, Inc., a Land O’Lakes subsidiary. Intrepid Potash, Inc. accepts the res- ignation of its Pres/COO, Patrick L. Avery due to misrepresentation of his academic credentials which is a IN MEMORIAM Gary Vermeer, 90, Founder and Chmn Emeritus of Vermeer Corporation. He and a cousin started the business in 1948, after inventing a wagon hoist five years ear- lier,which made it easier to unload corn. Demand for the labor-sav- ing device from his neighbors prompted him to open Vermeer Manufacturing Company. His best knownmanufacturing contribution in the ag industry is the Vermeer round hay baler, an invention that revolutionized agri- culture in 1971 as it turned the labor-intensive process of hay bal- ing into a one-man operation. One of hismany innovative ideas and industry-changing products over the years, Gary Vermeer’s hay baler concept was a solution to his common theme, “there has to be a better way.” Two of his children, Robert Vermeer andMary Vermeer Andringa, now serve as co-chief executive officers of Vermeer Corporation. Three of his grand- children also are active in the corporation. AM 6 Agri Marketing s March 2009 suits have been filed against Intrepid due to the violation. Nunhems announces a new distri- bution strategy for the U.S., Canada andMexico. Currently,dealers and distributors make up themajority of Nunhems customers. Under the new strategy, the company plans to collaboratewith selected strategic dealers and key cus- tomers directly. Sumitomo Chemical Company,Ltd. namesMichael Donaldson as Pres/CEO of Valent U.S.A. Corp., Valent BioSciences Corp., and the Region Americas operating entities. He was previously Pres/COO of Donaldson Valent BioSciences Corp. Becker Underwood promotes Charlie Hale to ProductMgr for the U.S. inoculant market. He has been with Pioneer Hi-Bred,Mycogen Seeds, Bayer CropScience and marketing com- munications agencies. AdamWilson is promoted to Key Acc’tsMgr for seed enhancements. United Egg Producers reports that new research conducted by the National Veterinary Institute in Uppsala, Sweden, shows that hens housed in modern cage systems are at a lesser risk of mortality, cannibal- ism and disease than hens housed in free-range and cage-free systems. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces the first approval of a product derived froma genetically engi- neered (GE) animal. ATryn, a recombinant form of human antithrombin developed by GTC Biotherapeutics, was approved by the FDA for the pre- vention of peri-operative and peri- partum thromboembolic events in hereditary antithrombin deficient patients. It is not indicated for treatment of thromboembolic events in hereditary antithrombin deficient patients. The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine also approved GTC’s New Animal DrugApplication, the first of its kind to regulate GE animals. This is nowrequired for a recombinant technology used to develop trans- genic animals, such as the goats that produce recombinant antithrombin. GTC has granted OVATIONthe right tomarketATryn in the U.S. and pur- sue further clinical development. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. an- nounces the restructuring of opera- tions responsibilities to improve the alignment of operations with the company’s strategic direction. As a result, David J. Pruett, who has served as Sr VP, Operations since 2005, has left the company. W. AnthonyWill, presently VP, Corporate Development, is named VP,Manufacturing and Distribution. Philipp P. Koch will remain VP, Supply Chain. Harvey Baker joins DICKEY- john Corp. as COO. He was Pres of Gillis Associated Industries, a division of Leggett and Platt, Chicago. He was also VP of enterprise systems at Labarge, Inc., St. Louis, where he was responsible for IT, supply chain, lean initiatives, and corporate restructuring. Baker CHS Inc. launches its newly updated Web site, chsinc.com, which includes extensive information on each of the company’s business operations, cor- porate facts and financial reports, current news and announcements, and links to career opportunities within CHS. In addition, its online