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Agrimarketing : November December 2006
14 AgriMarketing November/December 2006 Topcon Positioning Systems Inc. (TPS). Livermore, CA, announces the acquisition of leading precision agricultural com- pany, KEE Tech- nologies Pty Ltd, an Aus- tralian-based company with more than 25 years experience in agricultural electronics and applications, focuses on the precision agriculture market. Topcon is a developer and manufacturer of positioning equipment, offers the world's leading selection of innovat- ing precision GPS, GIS, laser, optical surveying, machine control prod- ucts, software, and applications. Rhett Schildroth is named the company's new Agriculture Prod- ucts Mktg Mgr. He had been Supvr of Program Mgmt with Deere & Co. Laurie Fleck joins ABG, an Adayana company as a business development manager and inside-out branding specialist. She will develop and manage client relationships while expanding ABG's ability to help businesses develop their brand promise and coordinate "living the brand" implementation. Fleck has been with Meyocks & Priebe Advertising, Martin Williams Advertising and Miller Meester Advertising. Purdue University's Department of Agronomy presents its Agro- nomic Achievement Award to Dr. Kevin Cavanaugh, Research Dir for Beck's Superior Hybrids. In recognition of his commitment to the profession of Agronomy, his leadership and contributions to the agricultural industry and his sup- port of the department. The nationwide Asian Soybean Rust team of University, Extension and government scientists and staff is honored by Agriculture Secretary Michael Johanns in the 59th Annual USDA Honor Awards Ceremony. The soybean rust team, based out of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, won a team award for "Enhancing Protec- tion and Safety of the Nation's Agriculture and Food Supply" --- specifically for advance planning, rapid response and recovery of a disaster that was averted by using science-based and technological strategies or addressing and miti- gating risks for a potentially devas- tating plant disease, the Asian Soy- bean Rust. AGCO appoints Allison Bass as Challenger Mktg Comms Mgr. Previ- ously she served as AGCO Media Mgr for North America. Prior to joining AGCO in 1997, she worked on a wide array of accounts for various ad agen- cies in the Atlanta area. Dr. Tom Hoegemeyer is named recipient of the 2006 College of Agri- cultural Sciences and Natural Resources Alumni Association Dis- tinguished Alumni Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Agriculture. Hoegemeyer is the Chief Tech- nology Officer of Hoegemeyer Hybrids, Hooper, NE. Case IH announces it will cease production of its line of tractors that are 20 Horse Power or less. One Case IH executive reported that the company and its dealers agreed that they should concen- trate on the commercial agricul- tural market in which the company has a strong foothold and has room to grow market share. Elin D. Miller is named Region 10 Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency where she will be responsible for managing EPA pro- grams in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. Miller had served as President and CEO of Arysta Life Science North America & Australia and had previously held various positions at Dow AgroSciences. Doug Robinson, Golden Harvest's Head of Nat'l Brand Comms an- nounces his retirement. Prior to that, he was the Sr VP of JC Robinson Seeds, Inc. He was also chairman of the U.S. Grains Council in 1999--2000 and held leadership roles with Nebraska Leadership Education/ Action Development (LEAD), Na- tional Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), Nebraska Seedsmen Associ- ation and several other organizations. Also at Golden Harvest, J.D. Harrold retires after being a DSM for more than 42 years. He began his career with Golden Harvest legacy company, Thorp Seed. Ron Schindler, Key Accts Mgr, also retires from Golden Harvest. He started with the company in 1965. He served as a DSM, RSM, Sorghum Prod Mgr, Division Dir, and Mgr of Mktg and Sls. Rolen Sell, DSM, Arcadia, NE, retires. He joined the company in 1977. Jackie Weldon joins Direct Con- tact, Inc., Lom- bard, IL, as a member of their recruiting depart- ment. Weldon previously man- aged a sales terri- tory for Dow AgroSciences in Oklahoma and eastern Texas. World demand for agricultural machinery and equipment is forecast to rise 4.8% per year through 2010 to $89 billion. These and other trends are pre- sented in "World Agricultural Equip- ment," a new study from The Free- donia Group, Inc., a Cleveland- based industry market research firm. Strongest growth in agricultural equipment demand will be regis- tered in developing countries, with China and India holding by far the best prospects. Other large develop- ing nations with sizable agricultural sectors such as Brazil and Russia will also post healthy gains as a result of the increasing mechanization of their agricultural sectors. AM Schildroth Fleck Bass continued from page 13 Weldon