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Agrimarketing : September 2009
Antonio Galindez is named Pres/CEO of Dow AgroSciences (DAS) following Pierre Brondeau who is named Pres/CEO of Dow Chemical Co's Advanced Materials unit. Galindez had been DAS' VP/Crop Global unit. Tim Hassinger is named VP, Crops Bus Unit. He most previously was VP, Europe, Latin America and Pacific. David Blakemore succeeds Hassinger. He was most recently was Dow Chemical Co's Gen'l Mgr for Latin America North Region and Latin America Commercial Director for Basic Chemicals. Monsantos' Channel Bio Corp. seed business unit is renamed Channel. Heading the unit is CEO Jim Zimmer. He says, "Channel Bio's three regional brands, Crow's Hybrids, Midwest Seed Genetics and NC+ Hybrids, are expected to be fully migrated into the new Channel brand by next summer. "One Channel brand will allow us to better focus our energy and resources to deliver a new standard of performance and service. It will also enable Channel to simplify and streamline our business and more efficiently manage our product lineup," says Zimmer. Bayer CropScience aquires Athenix Corp., a privately-held independent biotechnology company headquar- tered in Research Triangle Park, NC, significantly extending its research & development presence in North America. Athenix has an extensive herbicide tolerance and insect control trait development platform, particularly for corn and soybean. The company and Performance Plants Inc., Kingston, ON, enter into an exclusive licensing agreement for the development and commercial- ization of drought-tolerant cotton. The agreement follows several years of successful field trials by Performance Plants. Chinese tractor manufacturer YTO Group establishes a N.A. office in Peru, IN. Named YTO North America, the company is a subsidiary of Rasmussen Equipment, a Peru ag and construction dealer. The new company will distribute 30 tractor models ranging in horsepower from 30-125 to equipment dealers through- out the Midwest and Canada. The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) reports 27 representatives from the research community and the seed industry met earlier this summer. They began to draft principles supporting public sector research on commercially available, patent-protected seed products, enabling the public sector research community to conduct inde- pendent research on commercially available seed products for the pur- pose of understanding the technology, education, extension and the safe and effective use of these products. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. names Terrell D. Huch as Sr. Dir/Investor Relations & Corporate Communi- cations, succeeding Charles A. Nekvasil, who retires. Huch has worked for ArvinMeritor and Ford Motor Co. Syngenta purchases the assets and assumes the liabilities of Monsanto associated with its global hybrid sunflower seed business for $160 million. The transaction will be com- pleted pending appropriate regula- tory approvals. Adler Seeds joins AgVenture, Inc. The company will continue its long-standing seed business as AgVenture Adler Seeds, and will be offering growers the AgVenture brand of corn, soybeans and alfalfa. The office, has been relocated to Lafayette, IN. In addition to John Adler, the core team includes Kyle Mandeville, Don White, Kelli Hawk and John Mandeville. Pioneer Hi-Bred and Burrus Hybrids enter into a distribution agreement in which Burrus will distribute corn and soybean seeds under Pioneer 's Power Plus brand. As part of its PROaccess strategy, Pioneer developes customized busi- ness agreements with independent seed companies to address their spe- cific needs. Pioneer manages the PROaccess relationships separate from its Pioneer brand. The Power Plus seed marketed and distributed by companies such as Burrus will be unique and not available from Pioneer sales reps. In turn, Pioneer brand products are only available from Pioneer sales representatives. Also, Pioneer and Terral Seed enter into a research and distribu- tion agreement whereby the two companies will distribute corn and soybean seed to southern U.S. grow- ers under the REV brand beginning in 2010. No. Carolina Congressman David Price (r) visited Arysta Life Sciences headquarters in Cary, NC, to congratulate the company's NA Pres Bill Lewis and staff on its EPA Ozone Layer Protection Award for its MIDAS fumigant. The company names Wayne Hewett as its new Global COO and a member of its board of directors. Previously, he was with General Electric. Hewett's addition to the company is the first step in an executive team 8 Agri Marketing September 2009 AT CLOSING NEWS Galindez Hassinger Blakemore
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