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Agrimarketing : November December 2009
panies: Pybas Vegetable Seed Co. (Pybas), Santa Maria, CA, and Synergene Seed & Technology (Synergene), Salinas, CA. The acquired companies will form a new lettuce business that Syngenta will operate within its vegetables organization. Rick Mitchell will lead the new lettuce business. The leadership team will include top management from the acquired companies. Dow AgroSciences' (DAS) researcher Thomas Sparks, Ph.D., is named "Scientist of the Year" by R&D Magazine. He, with con- tributions from numerous other DAS scientists, pioneered the conceptualiza- tion, discovery and advancement of spinetoram, an insecticidal natural product in the spinosyn family that was recognized with a 2008 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. Soren Schroder, VP/Agribusiness for Bunge Europe, is named CEO of Bunge N.A. He joined Bunge in 2000 and prior has worked for Continental Grain and Cargill. Carl Hausmann, formerly CEO, Bunge N.A., will assume the newly created role of Managing Dir/Global Gov't and Corp. Affairs. The Land O'Lakes Foundation announces the new program "Feeding Our Communities" focused specifically on helping alleviate hunger in rural America. The program, which includes direct and matching grants, has the poten- tial to generate up to an additional $1 million for hunger-related initia- tives in rural communities. Novus International, Inc. launches a human nutrition division, Stratum Nutrition. The division will focus on devel- oping specialty and functional ingre- dients for manufacturers of foods, beverages and dietary supplements. Monsanto Co. requests the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court's decision to ban the planting of genetically modified alfalfa until an environmental review is complete. The petition argues that taking biotech alfalfa off the market creates an unnecessary burden for alfalfa hay and seed growers. Ag Leader Technology, Inc. and AutoFarm announce an alliance to create precision farming solutions. In addition to the recently released INTEGRA display and ParaDyme steering system, the two companies plan to collaborate on future projects. Monsanto breaks ground on its $10.5 million cotton research site in Lubbock, TX. The 12.2-acre site will provide a central point for the company's breeding and testing programs in the High Plains region. The company also opens its first research center in China. The Monsanto Biotechnology Research Center in Zhongguancun, Beijing will strengthen ties with Chinese research institutions in plant biotechnology and genomics. Dr. Ted Crosbie, VP/Global Plant Breeding is named the 2009 recipient of the Genetics and Plant Breeding Award bestowed by the National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders (NCCPB). A high-quality sequence of the corn genome is announced by a consor- tium of researchers that was led by Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and included the University of Arizona, Iowa State University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. The project identifies the order in which genes are located along each of maize's 10 chromo- somes and the physical distances between those genes. AM November/December 2009 Agri Marketing 7 Daily Updates on www.AgriMarketing.com Sparks Merck & Co. announces its plans following the completion of Merck's merger with Schering-Plough Corporation. "With our merger now complete, we are ready to deliver on the promise of a new Merck built on a foundation of scientific innovation and dedication to the well-being of patients around the world," said Richard T. Clark, Chmn/Pres/CEO. From the outset, Merck is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal and consumer health products. This portfolio is complemented by a robust pipeline with more than 15 promising late-stage candidates spanning critical therapeutic categories. Merck now has approximately 106,000 employees and operates in more than 140 countries around the world, including emerging markets. The company expects to generate more than 50% of its revenue outside the U.S. The company's corporate headquarters will be in Whitehouse Station, NJ. In addition, the company's U.S. organization for the Global Human Health division and Merck Research Laboratories will be headquartered in Upper Gwynedd, PA. The former Schering-Plough headquarters in Kenilworth, NJ, and Merck's operations in Rahway, NJ, will continue to be important sites, with large and diverse operations encompassing market- ing, manufacturing and research. At this time, all other sites will continue to operate as they did before the merger. Merck's Animal Health business is a world leader with market-leading products for a broad range of species and strong growth potential. The division has more than 1,000 marketed products and generates approxi- mately $3 billion in revenues. The new Merck will benefit from the unparalleled industry experience of senior leaders from both Schering-Plough and Merck, with approximately 40% of Schering-Plough's senior leaders joining the combined company. AM Dr. Crosbie
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