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Agrimarketing : March 2009
Deltapine Class of 2009 varieties and is anticipated to have broad utility on the farmas farmerswill shape the site’s direction. SipcamAgro USA, Inc. and sub- sidiaries Advan LLC and Sostram Corporation create SipcamAdvan Specialty Products Business Unit which includes turf and ornamental, nursery greenhouse, lawn care, pest control and consumer home & gardenmarkets. George Furrer is promoted to Nat’lMktgMgr for the unit.Hewill also continue tomanage his sales territory in the upper northeast U.S. JayDee Equipmentmergeswith Green Acres Equipment Ltd., Greenstar Ag and Turf Ltd. and Humboldt FarmEquipment Ltd., creating one of the largest privately held JohnDeere dealer organization networks inWestern Canada. The as yet unnamed organization will offer a naming contest to its staff and customers. Metabolix, Inc. andArcherDaniels MidlandCompany appoint Robert E. Engle asGMfor Telles, their joint ven- ture that producesMire bioplastics. Hewaswith Ticona and prior worked forHoechst A.G. and ArthurD. Little. Mike Smidt joinsGreenLeaf Genetics LLC as Trait SalesMgr, responsible for workingwith key customer accounts in IA, NE,MO, KS, TX and CA. Hewas at government relations and associa- tionmanagement firmwith offices in Louisville, KY;Atlanta, GA, and Washington, D.C. Nutrition Physiology Company, LLC names Pete Anderson, Ph.D., to the newly created position of Pres. Hewaswith Ivy Animal Health’s VetLife division. Pres of the newly-launched Cibus International, headquartered in the Netherlands. Hemost recently owned Johnson Consulting, and priorworked for Advanta, SeedWorks Inc., andGarst Seed Co. Bayer CropScience LP presents a $1 million endowment to establish a Chair of Sustainable Development at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Dr. TomRufty is named theBayer Environmental Science Professor of SustainableDevelopment. Rufty is currentlyDir of theCenter McCarthy Schwalke DennisMcCarthy joins AgriCapital Advisors to serve the special needs of publicly-traded agribusiness com- panies and to strengthen the com- pany’s capabilities in growth and renewal financings. He served as co-advisor on a half-dozen dealswithAgriCapital over the last decade, and prior served as a senior investment banker with firms including Prudential Securities,Drexel Burnham, EF Hutton, Roth Capital, The Seidler Companies and B. Riley. Veteran animal feed industry executive Randy Schwalke also joins AgriCapital Advisors’ invest- ment banking team. He is the founder and owner of Smidt Fielder’s Choice, and priorworked for Stauffer Seeds. The complete sorghumgenome sequence is published in the January 29th edition of the journal “Nature.” The U.S.Department of Energy JointGenome Institute partnered with various institutions beginning in 2005 on the sorghumsequencing project. Former USDAstaffers, SteveNew- ton, Steve Connelly, and JeffHall formThe CapstoneGroup, LLC, a FEEDMARKETING, LLC, an execu- tive services provider to the feed and pet food industries, and previously waswith Blue Seal Feeds, Inc., a sub- sidiary ofMuscatine FoodsCorp. and ADM/Moorman’s. SouthKorean-headquartered LS Cable directly enters theAmerican marketwith its own brand, LS Tractors, and has already started sign- ing up dealers on a limited basis.Until now,LS’ presence inAmericawas solely as a supplier,providing com- pact and utility tractors to organizations such asMontana and McCormick. Cibus LLC, a plant trait develop- ment technology company,names LaDon Johnson as CFO and also as for Turfgrass Environmental Research and Education and Professor of Envi- ronmental Plant Physiology atNCSU. His areas of research include resource acquisition by plants and plant com- munities and plant responses to envi- ronmental stress. Hewill help to further the long- standing collaboration betweenNCSU and Bayer CropScience on environ- mental projectswhich includemanag- ing carbon sequestration in trees and turfgrass, biodiversity surveys and research into improving plant health to bettermanage environmental and insect-related stress. Bayer Environmental Science appoints Peter Farno asGlobal Portfo- lioManager for theGreen Industry. Hewas Dir ofMktg for their U.S. Professional PestManagement business. He has beenwith Bayer legacy companies Aventis and Rhône- Poulenc. TimMartin joins Absorbent Technologies as VP/Mktg for Zeba. He has been with TheGander Mountain Co. and Pioneer Hi-Bred. Oscar Boyce is Martin named Zeba brand SlsMgr forWA. Hewasmost recentlywaswith Aquatrols and and priorworked for Horizon Ag Products, Simplot Foods,Hermiston Ag and American Fine Foods. (more on page 12) March 2009 s AgriMarketing 11