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Agrimarketing : November December 2006
November/December 2006 AgriMarketing 13 Monsanto names Glenn Stith as VP, No. and So. American Operations, for the company's Seminis Vegetable Seeds unit. He had been U.S. Branded Business Lead, which includes DEKALB, Asgrow, Stoneville, Nex- Gen, Roundup family of herbicides, Harness and Degree. Jim Zimmer is promoted to the U.S. Branded Business Lead. He had been the Branded Business unit's VP of Mktg. Also at Monsanto, EPA has granted an unconditional registra- tion of the Bollgard II insect-pro- tected cotton. Bollgard II is the sec- ond-generation of insect-protected cotton developed by Monsanto. This technology contains two different insect-control genes, compared with the single insect-control gene in its predecessor Bollgard, and provides growers with benefits such as a broader spectrum of insect control and improved efficacy against dam- aging worm pests. At Bunge North America, Tim Gal- lagher, Sr VP/GM, Bunge Grain, is promoted to Exec VP overseeing grain operations and Bunge's expanding biofuels activities. Larry Clarke, Sr VP/GM, Bunge Oilseed Processing, is promoted to Exec VP and is responsible for oilseed processing, oils and trans- portation. Fred Luckey, Sr VP/GM, Bunge Milling, is promoted to Exec VP overseeing milling operations, pro- curement and a newly created indus- trial management organization that combines all engineering and opera- tions support functions into one department. The company announces it is expanding the crush capacity of its soybean processing plant in Council Bluffs, IA, by more than 11 million bushels per year. When the expan- sion is complete by harvest 2008, the facility will have an annual crush capacity of nearly 77 million bushels, the largest in the U.S. Also, Bunge and Biodiesel Invest- ment Group, LLC, announce the cre- ation of Biofuels Company of Amer- ica, LLC (BCA), a joint venture that will build the 45-million-gallon-per- year biodiesel plant adjacent to Bunge's soybean processing facility in Danville, IL. United Phosphorus, Inc. (UPI), Tren- ton, NJ, reaches an agreement with DuPont to obtain their bensulfuron- methyl product portfolio, which includes Londax rice herbicide. Under the terms of the agreement, UPI, and its parent company United Phospho- rus Limited (UPL) will assume global ownership and marketing rights to the bensulfuron-methyl chemistry and its associated trade names. Also, UPI announces it has acquired the asulam chemistry and two insecticides from Bayer Crop- Science and will assume global own- ership and marketing rights to the asulam chemistry and its associated trade names, Asulox and Asilan. The agreement also includes two insecticides, ODM and trichlorfon, which will be marketed in interna- tional markets but not in North America. Syngenta announces its corn root- worm trait, Agrisure RW, has received registration approval from the U.S. EPA. Syngenta will launch for sale seed corn containing Agri- sure RW for the 2007 growing season in the U.S. "The approval of Agrisure RW in this fast-growing biotech mar- ket is a major step in our strategy to bring all three of the leading input traits to the corn market," says Jeff Cox, Head of Syngenta Global Corn and Soybeans. "This new high-per- forming trait offers growers indus- try-leading control of rootworm while delivering full yield potential." Agrisure RW will be available to U.S. growers as a single trait and stacked with glyphosate tolerance through elite hybrids from Garst, Golden Harvest and NK. Syngenta also plans to market the trait for use in other leading seed brands through its GreenLeaf Genetics joint ven- ture. U.S. registration is pending for its Agrisure RW trait stacked with corn borer enabling the commer- cialization of the triple stack of glyphosate tolerance, corn borer and rootworm resistance. Pfizer Inc announces it is expanding into the vaccine market through the acquisition of PowderMed Ltd, a privately-owned U.K. company that is developing needle-free DNA- based vaccines. Based in Oxford, England, Pow- derMed has developed a technology that delivers DNA-coated gold parti- cles into the skin at supersonic speed. Once they reach the skin, the particles then activate cells that in turn trigger an immune response. As a result, the technology has the potential to overcome the drawbacks associated with current egg-based methods used to manufacture vac- cines, such as storage and capacity constraints. In July, PowderMed applied to U.K. regulators for permission to conduct a clinical trial to test a vac- cine targeting H5N1, the virus that causes bird flu. Latham Hi-Tech Hybrids, Sheffield, IA, announces it has hired Jamie Carda as Prod Mgr for its five- state marketing area.He most recently served as RSM for Pfis- ter Hybrid Seed of El Paso, IL. He has also worked for AgVenture ProfiSeed, Gold-Eagle Cooperative, and Golden Harvest. BASF introduces Charter PB fungi- cide treatments, its first product designed for on-farm seed treatment. "Charter PB is a liquid seed treat- ment used for the control of true loose and covered smut of barley and loose smut and common bunt in wheat," said Craig Lindholm, BASF Mktg Mgr for seed treatments. "It is an extremely effective fungicide that solves a wide range of seed fungus problems that have plagued wheat growers in the past." Carda Stith Zimmer (more on page 14)