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Agrimarketing : November December 2009
November/December 2009 Agri Marketing 13 Adayana receives the Gold Excellence in LMS Award for 2009 "Learning in Practice Awards," sponsored by Chief Learning Officer magazine. The company received the award for its successful rollout of the USDA's Learning Management System named "AgLearn." CLAAS of America Inc. announces David Friedersdorf will direct a new business unit responsible for hay tool and baler product lines in N.A. He was Business Development Mgr- N.A., in charge of dealer development. Commodity and Ingredient Hedging (CIH), a provider of commodity price and margin management consulting services, opens a new office in West Des Moines, IA. CIH's team combines expertise from IA and consultants from the company's current headquarters in Chicago. Market Probe, Milwaukee, WI, is named one of Wisconsin's top three Outstanding Minority Owned Large Businesses by the State Commerce Department. The company is also named one of the Fastest Growing Firms in southeastern Wisconsin by the Milwaukee Business Journal. The marketing research firm has experienced 23% growth since 2006 with global revenues of over $44 million. Monsanto acquires Pfizer 's Research Center located in Chesterfield, MO. Under the terms of the agreement, Monsanto will acquire the property from Pfizer for $435 million to be paid over time, and Pfizer will continue to have operations at the facility. The research center comprises 1.3 mil- lion-square-feet and includes approximately 250 laboratories, 122 plant growth chambers and two acres of greenhouse. Monsanto had leased more than 400,000 square feet of the property and more than 400 Monsanto employees and contractors work on site, most of whom are researchers. Absorbent Technologies Inc. names Kevin Hamilton as VP of Sales & New Business Development for its Zeba brand. He was with Chemtura Corp. and prior with Rhône-Poulenc. Dr. Jim Budzynski announces the founding of MacroGain Partners, an investment and consulting firm focused on the commodity, agricultural, food, and green energy (CAFÉ) sectors and assisting management teams in developing business and capital strategies for the new business environment. He can be contacted at 317/708-6280; web site is www.macrogain.com. Steve Pickle joins SFP as North Cen- tral Reg'l Acc't Mgr. He was with United Suppliers Inc., and prior, United Agri Products. Eddie Walley joins as the Delta Reg'l Acc't Mgr. He had been with Syngenta Seeds. Jennie Martin is appointed to the newly created position of Event Coordinator. She was with Pittsylvania Soil and Water Conservation District. Raven Industries, Inc. enters into an agreement to buy substantially all of the assets of Ranchview, Inc., a Canadian firm that specializes in GPS corrections. CHS promotes Josh Blaisdell to the newly created position of VP, Corporate Compliance. He worked for Dyco Petroleum before joining the company in 1990. StollerUSA names Dr. Wayne Smith as GM.He was with United Phospo- horus/ CerexAgri-Nisso Inc. and prior with Terra. Dr. Ze-Chun Yuan joins the company's R&D department as Chief Microbiologist. Dow AgroSciences Canada (DASC), Calgary, AB, acquires the assets of Hyland Seeds. It will acquire the Hyland brand and the sales, marketing, administrative, germplasm, the R&D program, three R&D sites and the corn production facility. DASC will continue to independently market seeds under the Hyland Seeds brand, and Hyland will continue to be headquartered at its existing location. John Cowan, GM for Hyland Seeds, will continue in the same position. Garth Hodges, Bayer CropSciences BioScience, is appointed Global Mgr/Wheat & Oilseeds. Bayer says his new role signals a new focus for the company in the development of innovative solutions from seed to harvest for broad acre crops including wheat. And marks a stronger integration between the company's crop protection products in wheat plus R&D work in wheat genetics. AM Daily Updates on www.AgriMarketing.com The new Pfizer Animal Health (PAH) is unveiled with Pfizer 's acquisition of Wyeth and its subsidiary Fort Dodge Animal Health. PAH is now the world's leader in the discovery, development, manufacture and sales of veterinary vaccines and medicines for livestock and companion animals. The acquisition of many Fort Dodge's U.S. products allows PAH to greatly diversify its U.S. portfolio and broaden its offering in all animal health segments. PAH now offers an enhanced portfolio in beef, dairy, and companion animals, as well as a redefined product line for swine, equine and poultry. PAH also announces that all current U.S. pricing, product dis- tribution, programs and policies for PAH products, including the acquired Fort Dodge products, will remain in place through 2009. AM Friedersdorf Smith
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