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Agrimarketing : October 2009
Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) enters into an agreement with Pfizer to acquire certain assets of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals’ Fort Dodge Animal Health business upon the closing of the global Pfizer-Wyeth merger. The deal will clear the way for BI to acquire a significant portion of the Ft. Dodge product portfolio in several countries, as well as manu- facturing and research facilities located in Ft. Dodge, IA. In the U.S . and Canada, BI will own and market the pet and cattle vaccine lines as well as a wide range of pharmaceuticals for pets, cattle and other species. In Canada, sever- al swine vaccines are also part of the package. In Australia, BI will own and market the Ft. Dodge pet vaccines and in some European countries and in South Africa, certain cattle vaccines. Roundup Ready sugarbeets were not properly approved by the USDA according to a recent ruling made by the U.S. District Court for the northern district of California. As a result, the court has ordered USDA to conduct a series of envi- ronmental impact studies. At issue is the court’s concern that pollen flow from the Roundup Ready beets could contaminate other beets. Currently, 95% of the U.S . sugarbeets are planted to Roundup Ready varieties. Makhteshim-Agan (MAI) and Cibus Global (CIBUS) enter into development and equity agree- ments. Under these agreements, MAI will invest up to $37 million over five years, based on certain milestones, in a joint venture with CIBUS to develop proprietary crop traits in five major crops with a European focus and to gradually acquire up to 50.1% of CIBUS equity. CIBUS is committed to develop- ing proprietary performance enhancement traits for the joint venture that includes both perform- ance enhancement traits as well as crop protection product tolerance to a spectrum of crop protection prod- ucts that MAI markets. Art’s Way Manufacturing, Inc. names Roger S. Murdock as Dir, Sls & Mktg. He was with Claas of America and prior Miller St. Nazianz. He presently is on the Board of Directors of the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association. Bayer CropScience AG and Performance Plants Inc. (PPI), Kingston, ON, enter into an exclusive licensing agreement for During its annual meeting, GROWMARK recognized the following five FS member cooperatives for their performance of return on investment capital within the last five years: 1st: Ag View FS, Inc., Princeton, IL; Mark Orr, Mgr; Ron Pierson, Pres. 2nd: New Alliance FS, Inc., Oskaloosa, IA; Bob Farber, GM; Scott Etcher, Pres. 3rd: Lincoln Land FS, Inc., Jacksonville, IL; Keith Hufendick, Mgr; Joe Pickrell, Pres. 4th (tie): Stephenson Service Company, Freeport, IL; Jay Kempel, Mgr; Keith Meier, Pres. and West Central FS, Inc., Macomb, IL; Barry Schmidt, Mgr and Duane Deitrich, Pres. For the second year in a row, John Knobloch, GM, AGRILAND FS, Inc, Winterset, IA, received the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Management. In the GROWMARK Seed Division, Dennis Garzonio is promoted to Sr Research and Product Mgr for the corn, soybean, and wheat product lines. Jeff Bunting is promoted to FS Seed Corn Product Mgr. The GROWMARK Agronomy Division has been reorganized to better position its turf business. Scott Knight is named Product Regulations and Specialty Products Mgr. The seed treatment product lines were moved from the Agronomy Division to the Seed Division. Dave Gentry, Forage/Turf and Retail Products Mgr, assumes responsibility for seed treatments and seed enhancements, and Sandy Waltner, Forage and Turf Seed Purchasing Mgr, is responsible for pricing and ordering these products. AM 8 Agri Marketing I October 2009 AT CLOSING NEWS Syngenta Seeds opens a new N.A . headquarters building in Minnetonka, MN. The three story, 116,000- square-foot structure houses 300 employees and was built to LEED Gold Certification standards. Among those attending were (inset, l to r) David Morgan, Pres. Syngenta Seeds, Inc.; Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, and Mike Mack, Syngenta CEO. AM 8 At Closing:06 At Closing 10/1/09 4:11 PM Page 8
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