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Agrimarketing : June 2009
8 At Closing:06 At Closing 6/12/09 11:08 AM Page 9 Daily Updates on www.AgriMarketing.com The patents listed in the lawsuit confer tolerance to a herbicide class with characteristics known as ALS inhibitors and pertain to certain methods for controlling weeds. Through the lawsuit, DuPont is requesting BASF acknowledge the validity of DuPont’s patents related to the ALS tolerance trait and provide the company reasonable compensation for their use. DuPont is also asking the court to declare BASF patents on a trait promoter invalid and rule that DuPont does not infringe those patents when it uses its own proprietary trait in ALS tolerant crops. Producer’s Choice appoints Doug Bastian as its new GM. He was most recently with Land O’ Lakes and prior worked for Olds Seed Solutions. development and commercialization of advanced germplasm and traits in wheat. Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) purchases a significant ownership interest of Destura, an Italian software and hardware company. In conjunction with the purchase, TPS will purchase a large tract of land and several industrial buildings to be used as a training facility and field test site for Europe. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. names Lynn F.White as VP/Corporate Development. He most recently owned Twemlow Group, a consulting firm. Prior, he has worked for Deere and IMC Global. Bastian Dahlman Rose & Company, LLC, appoints Charles Neivert to Managing Dir of the firm’s new Agriculture and Chemicals research division, expanding the bank’s specialization in the global commodity energy and supply chain sectors. He was withMorgan Stanley. Becker Underwood (BU) receives exclusive global marketing rights to patented new seed treatment technology from Plant Bioscience Ltd., Norwich, UK, which uses a natural plant compound that “primes” the plant’s natural defense mechanisms so they are deployed more effectively when challenged by a pest. BU also receives exclusive rights to patented nitrogen-fixing technology fromMcGill University, Montreal, QB. BU anticipates commercial availability of its first products incorporating this patented new technology for the 2010 spring planting season. Dow AgroSciences, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, andWorldWideWheat (W3) of Phoenix, AZ, announce a collaboration agreement for the Bobcat Co. donates some of its corporate records to The Smithsonian’s NationalMuseum of American History to be displayed Nov. 30 to Jan. 17, 2010. The donation includes production, marketing and advertising records which illustrate the progression of a once-small, family-owned company that emerged as an industry leader. The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and a search committee, headed by Dr. P. Roy Vagelos, begins an international search to find a successor for Dr. Roger Beachy, the center’s Founding Pres, who will join the board as Vice Chair once a successor is in place. This plan is designed to insure continuity of the organization as it moves into its second decade. Telematch, Inc., Springfield, VA, acquires FarmMarket iD and Phoenix Data Processing from their parentMulti AgMedia, LLC, enabling the company to achieve “next generation” marketing intelligence as well as new data solutions for the marketplace. As part of the acquisition, Telematch says it plans to leverage its intelligence capabilities to enhance Farm Market iD’s content and customer base. Phoenix, provides leading edge database management, technology and modeling, and will give Telematch expanded applications, tools and database knowledge. “The combined companies will allow us to deliver new innovation and turn-key solutions to all of our customers,” says Telematch Pres Peg Kuman. “With FarmMarket iD and Phoenix, we are able to offer our clients a complete next-generation solution that includes data dashboarding, real-time access to information, analytics and database management.” FarmMarket iD and Phoenix Data Processing management have joined the Telematch team, and will remain in their suburban Chicago location. dmrkynetec appoints Jeff Minier as VP, Research. He was withMerial. Jacek Nowakowski joins the Poznan, Poland office to head up syndicated tracking surveys in the Central and East European services. ChrisWang joins the Beijing, Minier China office as a member of the tracking research team. He was with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica. The company expands into the Spanish market with the opening of its Valencia office and promotes Belen Valverde to Country lead. She was with the UK office. The St. Louis office appointsMing Shan to expand its internal R&D team and integrate GfK R&D into its service offers. He was withMaritz. Yara International ASA announces changes to its executive management team as follows: Pres & CEO Jorgen Ole Haslestad; CFO & Head of Strategy Hallgeir Storvik; Head of Upstream Tor Holba; Head of DownstreamEgil Hogna; Head of Industrial, New employee (Trond Stangeby acting); Head of Supply & Trade Terje Bakken; Chief HR Officer Hakan Hallen; Chief Legal Counsel Trygve Faksvaag, and Chief Comms Officer Arne Cartridge. AM June 2009 s Agri Marketing 9
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