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Agrimarketing : November December 2007
Monsanto increases its investment in Mendel Biotechnology, Inc., one of the company's key collaborators on agriculture technologies. As part of the announcement, Mendel noted that the increased investment will be used to support the growth of Mendel's new bioenergy seeds and feedstock busi- ness to serve the cellulosic biofuels industry, as well as the further development of its core technology platforms. Mendel will also use a portion of the proceeds to re- purchase shares from existing share and option-holders. Monsanto and Mendel have worked together to support the dis- covery and development of new tech- nologies for agriculture since 1997. Monsanto creates an annual scholarship to celebrate the invention of glyphosate, to commemorate the induction of Dr. John Franz into the National Inventor's Hall of Fame. The "Franz Innovation Award" will be awarded annually to a grad- uate student in Organic Chemistry at the University of Minnesota, where Franz received his Ph.D. Unverferth Mfg. Co., Inc., Kalida, OH, announces the promotion of Mike Ellerbrock to Sls Mgr. He began is career in sales with Unverferth in 1989 and most recent- ly has been serving as its Ass't Sls Mgr. In this new position he will assume full day-to-day responsibili- ties of the company's 30-plus out- side territory managers, inside sales force and branches. Syngenta appoints Davor Pisk as COO of its Seeds unit and a member of the Exec Committee effective Jan. 1, 2008.He succeeds Mike Mack, whose appoint- ment as CEO from the same date was announced earlier this year. Pisk has been Region Head Syngenta Crop Protection - Asia Pacific since 2003 following a num- ber of international and country leadership roles with the company. Lawhon Midwest, LLC, a sub- sidiary of Lawhon Farm Services of McCrory, AR announces its decision to close its Stauffer Seeds business. A statement on the company's Web site reports: Craig Williams is in charge of closing down the business and can be reached at 712/792-2525. To read a statement about its clos- ing, go to: www.staufferseeds.com. AM Pisk Company executives, government officials and other dignitaries break ground for Novus International's new global headquarter building that is being built in the Missouri Research Park near St. Louis, MO. The company is investing $20 million in the new 90,000-square-foot office building that is adjacent to its current R&D facility. Farmers choose IFT. Iowa Farmer Today is the favorite publication of Iowa farmers.* see your ads. The source that really covers their interests. Choose wisely. Join the successful companies that have made IFT their direct line to the Iowa market. Represented nationally by Bock & Associates 1-800-284-6020 *Readex 2003,2005
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