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Agrimarketing : March 2009
Pfizer andWyeth announce that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement underwhich Pfizerwill acquireWyeth in a cash- and-stock transaction currently val- ued at $50.19 per share, or a total of approximately $68 billion. The boards of directors of both compa- nies have approved the combination. The American FarmBureau Federation launches aWeb site aimed at educating the non-farming public about agriculture issues, farmers and ranchers and the food, fiber and fuel they grow. The YourAgriculture site (www.fb.org/yourag) includes: • A“Meet a Farmer” section,which profiles a farmer or rancher each monthwith an audio slideshowand Q&A. • Aseries of quizzes to test the public’s farmIQ and determine if they are “smarter than a 5th grade farmkid.” • Aconsumers’ guide to farmpolicy and agriculture issues. • Farmfact sheets, a foodie blog and video stories fromthe public televi- sion series “America’sHeartland.” Headquartered in Italy,Tonutti manufacturers a full line of farm machinerywith special emphasis in haying equipment. Pacewasmost recentlywith McDougall Heldt NevinMcDougall is appointed Group VP,N.A., Crop Protection Div, for BASF. Hemost recentlywas VP, US Business Operations, Crop Protec- tion and led operations in theAsia Pacific region as Group VP forAgri- cultural Products. MarkusHeldt, is named Pres, Crop Protection. Heldt,who held the position of Group VP,N.A. for the past three years,will relocate to BASF’s global headquarters in Limburgerhof, Germany. DonGuy joins United Phosphorus, Inc. (UPI) as the Dir ofMktg and Field Development. Neil Phillips joins the company asAgAccountMgrwhere hewill workwith distribution chain cus- tomers in theWestSan Joaquin Valley, CA, area. AGCOand Caterpillar dealers team up to formHarvest Solutions. The newcombine rental com- pany features theAGCO equipment and service of fromselected Cat dealers. Itwill be based in Kansas City,MO,withmajor staging facili- ties in each partnering Cat dealer market area. The combine fleet includes the all-new, redesigned Class VII combine - Challenger 670B. Andy Pace is namedNat’l SlsMgr at Tonutti USA—S&T Dist.— Memphis, TN. 10 AgriMarketing s March 2009 JohnDeere. FMC Corporation acquires the CB Professional Products line of insect control products fromWaterbury Companies, Inc. The acquired product portfolio includes a complete line of aerosol sprays aswell as baits, fly lights, fog- gers and other products that are marketed to pestmanagement professionals inNorthAmerica. The productswill be sold through FMC Professional Solutions, a business unit of FMC’s Agricul- tural ProductsGroup. Georgia-Pacific (G-P) PlantNutri- tion announces the addition of Jon Mixson asNat’l Sls andMktgMgr and Blake Covert as SlsAgronomist for thewestern U.S. Mixson had beenwith Bayer CropScience. Covert had beenwith Wilbur-Ellis. AgVenure ofMichigan is launched by three formerGreat LakesHybrids staffmembers, including Jeff Oesterreicher,MitchRay, andGary Grigg. W.R. Berkley Corporation an- nounces the formation of Berkley Agribusiness Risk Specialists, a newdivision of Continental WesternGroup, LLC. Based in DesMoines, IA, the new organizationwill operate nationally and offer property and casualty insurance products tomid-sized and larger commercial agribusiness and related risks. The newdivisionwill serve customers in regional grain storage andmarketing, grower- packer-shippers, and food and bev- erage distribution, among others. Terry Shawis appointed division Pres and BradWaline and Brad London have each been named Sr VPs of the division. Novus International announces the appointment ofDr. Joyce Cacho as Chief Sustainability Officer. Her primary responsibilitywill bemanaging, planning and imple- mentingNovus’s global Corporate Social Responsibility Programand initiatives. Prior to joiningNovus Interna- tional, Dr. Cacho directed the Agribusiness Initiatives Programof the Corporate Council on Africa. Cathy Eckman is named Dir, Crop NutrientsMktg for CHS Inc. Shewas Dir, CropNutrients Supply Chain & Operations, and previously worked for Agriliance LLC and the Cenex/ LandO’Lakes Agronomy Company joint ventures. Eckman Monsanto Company launches the Cotton Community (www.Cotton Community.com). The newonlineWeb site is designed to encourage farmer-to- farmer exchanges on topics such as variety performance and agronomic practices andwas put together to provide cotton farmerswith in- depth information on the latest