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Agrimarketing : November December 2006
Veteran marketing executive Doug Ballou has founded WHITWORTH X BALLOU, a Kansas City-based organization and business develop- ment firm that assists clients im- prove their marketing effectiveness and organizational performance. It offers a comprehensive menu of services to plan, implement and integrate the components of a sales, marketing, and internal performance playbook. Charter clients of the new firm include MachineryLink, Inc., Kansas City, MO; Ingenuity!, Wichita, KS; Finity Technologies, Lenexa, K; and Marketlink, DesMoines, IA. For more information, contact Ballou at: 816/741-7394; e-mail: email@example.com. DuPont and Broin, Sioux Falls, SD, announce a partnership to take the next steps needed to bring cost- effective ethanol derived from corn stover to market. "We are pleased to partner with Broin, a company that is regarded as a technology expert in biorefining," said DuPont Exec VP/Chief Innovation Officer Thomas M. Connelly. Since 2003, DuPont and the U.S. Department of Energy have jointly funded a four-year research pro- gram to develop technology to con- vert corn stover into ethanol. The Integrated Corn-Based BioRefinery (ICBR) is aligned with DuPont's strategy to develop new innova- tions that can convert energy crops, such as grasses, and agricultural byproducts, such as straw and corn stalks, into biofuels and other renewably sourced materials. Partners in this research program include DuPont and its subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred Int'l, the Diversa Corp, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Michigan State University and Deere & Co. Dow AgroSciences LLC, and DuPont subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred Int'l, announce they will make their new family of insect resistant biotech traits more readily available to growers. The co-developers of the Herculex family of insect resistance for corn have agreed to eliminate a provision that would have delayed when Dow AgroSciences could license Herculex RW Rootworm Protection and Herculex XTRA Insect Protection to other seed companies. Tom Wiltrout, Dow AgroSciences' Global Business Leader --- Corn, says, "Regional seed companies will now be able to evaluate and introduce these traits into their lineup in the 2007 season." Monsanto and the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) team up for the third year in a row to offer the Commitment to Agriculture Scholarship Program to high school seniors nationwide. One hundred $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in agriculture who clearly demonstrate excellence in the areas of academics, leadership and real-world agricul- tural experience. "Rural America produces young people with all the skills necessary to be successful," says Michelle Rook, NAFB Pres. "They just need the opportunity for education that this scholarship provides." McCormick Int'l USA, Norcross, GA, a division of ARGO Tractors and part of AGRO S.p.A., a holding compa- ny owned by the Morra family in Italy, announces the appointment of Simeone Morra as Pres of McCormick USA and assumes responsibility for all McCormick business interests in the U.S. market. Most recently, he was Sls Dir for McCormick where he managed the company's sales and distribution activities on a global basis. Also, the company announces that Jeremy Lamb is its new Dir of Sls and Dealer Development. Lamb Favorites are chosen rst. What's yours? q q Morra