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Agrimarketing : April 2009
Michael A.Gerber is named Pres/CEO of FarmerMac. He had served asActing Pres/CEO since October 1, 2008 while the Board conducted a search for the permanent CEO. He previously was Pres/CEO of FarmCredit Association of WesternNew York. The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the Univ of Illinois launches aMaster of Science degree in bioenergy. The newProfessional ScienceMaster’s (PSM) degree is a non-thesis programthat allows students to receive training in bioenergy subjects while gaining relevant professional experience in business classes and an internship. PSMallows students to choose fromfour specialty areas: (1) plants, soils, and feedstocks; (2) bioenergy production, processing, and use; (3) environ- ment, economics, and policy & law; (4) bioenergy tools andmethods. Two newclasses in bioenergy have been created andwill bemandatory Gerber Merial andNewport Laboratories announce an agreement,whereby Newportwill tollmanufacture and distributeMerial’s autogenous porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV-2) swine vaccines throughNewport’s veterinarian and swine integrator customer base. Bobcat Company and Polaris Industries Inc. announce a long- termstrategic alliance to penetrate work-relatedmarket segments glob- ally. The alliancewill include co- development ofwork vehicles, sup- ply of highly differentiatedwork vehicles and technology sharing, with a planned launch by the second half of 2010. GregWebb, VP for State Gov’t Rela- tions at ArcherDanielsMidland (ADM) is named outstanding alumnus by the Southern Illinois Univer- sity Carbondale College ofAgri- cultural Sciences. Hewill deliver the com- mencement address at the college’s graduation ceremony this spring. Webb is also Chairman-Elect of Webb theNationalOilseed Processors Association, serves on the boards of the American Council of Agricul- ture,North AmericanGrain Associ- ation, Illinois Biotechnology Indus- tryOrganization,National FFA Foundation, International Food Information Council and Alpha Gamma Rho’s agriculture college’s leadership program. 14 Agri Marketing s April 2009 for PSMstudents. Topics in those classes include agronomics and improve- ments needed for crops and biomass feedstocks, land use, biochemical and chemical processes, use of biofuels, other uses for biomass, applications of computational tools, such asmodeling, simulation and GIS, environmental impacts and sustainability,energy fundamentals, economics and legal, political and societal issues. Dr.Hans Blaschek, Dir of the U of I’s Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research is named student advisor for the program. AM Also atADM, Tedd Kruse is named VP/Corn Processing.He had been VP/NorthAmerican Food Oils. He is replaced byDuaneHolz who had beenmanaging the com- pany’s oil and fats business in Switzerland. Bratney Companies, DesMoines, IA, names Jana Rieker asHead ofMktg. Shewas Sales Development Mgr for Successful Farming magazine. Reiker DowAgroSciences LLC and Schillinger Seed, Inc. enter into a licensing, research and development agreement for the commercialization of transgenic commodity soybeans. Under the agreement, Dow AgroScienceswill obtain the Schillinger Seed brand and exclusive rights to breed, produce, distribute and sell Schillinger Seed brand trans- genic commodity soybeans. In addi- tion Schillingerwill continue to develop and produce proprietary soybean germplasmfor DowAgro- Sciences to use in breeding and com- mercial sales. Dr. Terry Barr joins CoBank as a Sr. Dir.He had been Chief Economist at theNational Council of Farmer Cooperatives and has beenwith the USDA. Barrwill direct the bank’s agribusiness and commodities research, provide input thatwill help shape its portfolio- and risk-manage- ment strategies andwork directly with customer and industry groups to enhance their understanding of the increasingly complex and impor- tant linkages between domestic and global food, agriculture, and energy markets. Brent Byers joins Cheminova, Inc. as Fungicide PortfolioMgr. Hemost recentlywas with Timac Agro, and prior, Bayer CropScience and Aventis. Byers W.R. Berkley Corp. announces the formation of Berkley Agribusiness Risk Specialists, a newdivision of ContinentalWesternGroup, LLC. Terry Shawis appointed Divi- sion Pres and BradWaline and Brad London are named Sr VPs of the division. SouthDakota State University and Monsanto enter into an agreement to create a newPh.D. research fellow- ship programin plant breeding. (more on page 16)
May 2009 Supplement