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Agrimarketing : October 2009
the development and commercial- ization of drought-tolerant cotton using PPI’s Yield Protection Technology. Roger N. Beachy, Ph.D., is named the first Dir of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Beachy is the founding Pres of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO. Beachy will be “on loan” to NIFA from the Center. The mission of the NIFA is to stimulate and fund the research and technological innovations that will enhance and make American agriculture more productive and environmentally sustainable while ensuring the economic viability of agriculture and production. Farm audits for the herd retirement program implemented by Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has removed 225,783 cows that produced 4.5 billion pounds of milk. In addition, the nearly 3,000 bred heifers taken in this herd retirement bring the total removed by CWT in the past nine months to 5,016. Novus International partners with Vitamin Angels on a new humani- tarian program supplying children with zinc in order to relieve severe diarrhea. This partnership coincides with Novus’s decision to expand the scope of its solutions to include ingredients and technologies that can be directly utilized in supple- ments, beverages and foods. The program will be launched in Kenya, with plans to extend to other needy areas worldwide. CHS Inc and Agrico Group, Moscow, Russia, form a joint ven- ture company named ACG to man- age origination, logistics, export and worldwide marketing of Russian wheat, feed grains and potentially oilseeds. Ken Davenport joins Chromatin, Inc., Chicago, IL, as VP, Strategic Development. He has worked for Hoechst Schering AgrEvo, Bayer CropScience, ArborGen and Hoechst Celanese. Jeff Scheib joins as VP, Biofuels. He most recently was with Cilion, and prior with ARCO and BP. The company develops and markets proprietary gene stacking technology. BASF announces a supply agree- ment with Monsanto for a new fungicide seed treatment for cotton in the U.S. The new product contains F500, the same active ingredient found in Headline fungicide, BASF’s top-sell- ing Plant Health fungicide, and will be part of Monsanto’s Acceleron Seed Treatment combination. CLAAS of America’s LEXION 590R combine received the first-ever IRON Solutions “Official Guide Highest Residual Value Award” in recognition of having the highest value retention in the class 9 combine category. CLAAS’ Pres Russ Green (l) accepted the award at the 2009 Farm Progress show from IRON Solution’s VP/Editor Dallas Blome. Bayer CropScience reorganizes its Canadian business unit, and senior management team under the direction of Kamel Beliazi, who was recently appointed Pres/CEO of the unit. Al Driver is appointed VP, Mktg & Bus Development. Rob Schultz is appointed Dir of Sales, Western Canada. Paul Thiel is named VP, Innovation & Public Affairs. Rod Merryweather will continue his role as N.A . Oilseed Business Operations Mgr. Completing the senior manage- ment team will be Curtis Bunz, Canadian Legal Counsel; Jonathan Crapo as Dir, Finance & Administration; Stan Prokopchuk, Dir, IOP and Supply Chain; and Nicole Davis, Dir, Human Resources. SipcamAdvan launches a new cor- porate brand design, supporting the company’s revised structure, which consist of two business units. The U.S . Agriculture Business Unit serves food crop and fiber production markets and the Specialty Business Unit supports the turf & ornamental, home & garden, pest management and industrial biocide markets. Art Tessmann joins AgVenture Spangler Seed, Jefferson, WI, as Sales Mgr. He was District Sales Mgr at Jung Seed Genetics. AM IN MEMORIAM Thomas H. (Tom) Roberts Jr., 85, passed away at DeKalb Area Oak Crest Retirement Center, DeKalb, IL. After serving in the Army Air Corps in WWII, he graduated from Iowa State University and Harvard Business School, then began his career with DeKalb Agricultural Association Inc, a company founded by his father. He worked in the company’s poultry, sorghum and corn breed- ing divisions before being named its Pres/CEO, diversifying the company into swine breeding, water irrigation and conservation and oil/gas exploration. He also served as a director at DeKalb Energy Company, Pride Petroleum Services, Continental Bank and International Mineral and Chemical Corporation. AM October 2009 I Agri Marketing 9 Daily Updates on www.AgriMarketing.com Beachy 8 At Closing:06 At Closing 10/1/09 4:11 PM Page 9
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