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Agrimarketing : January February 2008
10 AgriMarketing January/February 2008 Eli Lilly and Co. promotes Jeff Simmons to Pres of its Elanco Animal Health division. He replace Pat James who is named Special Advisor on Agri- culture to the Indian State Dept of Ag. Simmons began his career with Elanco in 1989 as a sales rep. Ice Miller LLP, Indianapolis, IN, forms an agricultural law initiative to provide legal services specifically tailored to the food and agribusiness industry. Melissa Proffitt Reese will chair the initiative. Joining the firm is Beth Bechdol as the Dir of Agribusiness Strategies. She most recently served as the Deputy Dir for the Indi- ana State Department of Agriculture. She has also been with USDA. For more information, go to www.icemiller.com. Vermeer Manufacturing Co. and the Dutch-based Lely Group announce plans to jointly acquire 100% of the assets of German agricultural baler and bale-wrapper manufacturer Welger Maschinenfabrik GmbH. The acquistion is subject to due dili- gence by the Vermeer acquisition team. Both Vermeer and Lely plan to finalize the transaction by April 1, 2008. The Risk Management Agency of the USDA announces it plans to imple- ment the Biotech Yield Endorsement (BYE) for the 2008 crop year that fea- tures lowered premiums for crop insurance for non-irrigated corn pro- ducers in the pilot states of IL, IN, IA, and MN. To date, only Monsanto Company YieldGard triple-stack technologies are approved for the BYE program. For more information, go to http://www.rma.usda.gov. John Deere Agricultural Equipment Division announces the realignment of advertising and marketing com- munications responsibilities at its Lenexa, KS, office. David Pauli is named Division Mgr, Large Ag Equipment; Rick Haun, Division Mgr, Small Ag Equip- ment; Mike Gustafson, Division Mgr, Co-op Mktg, Parts and Special Pro- jects; Bill Burgweger, Division Mgr, Ops; Russ Walker, Division Mgr, Pub- lications and Direct Comms and Barry Nelson will continue as PR Mgr. Paul Schmidt joins EMD Crop BioScience as Pres, succeeding Tom Winkofske, who has retired. Previously, Schmidt was VP, New Business Ventures for Bayer CropScience, developing new busi- ness opportunities in the areas of nutrition, health and biomaterials. VeraSun Energy Corp., Brookings, SD, and US BioEnergy Corp., St. Paul, MN, announce they plan to merge to create the nation's largest ethanol manufacturer. The merger, expected to close dur- ing the first quarter of 2008, is pending shareholder approval, anti-trust regu- latory clearance and the completion of other customary conditions. VeraSun Chmn/CEO/Pres Donald L. Endres will remain CEO of the combined company, and US BioEnergy Pres/CEO Gordon Ommen will serve as Chmn follow- ing the closing of the merger. Vera- Sun Sr VP/CFO Danny C. Herron will become Pres of the combined company. Pioneer Hi-Bred names Bill Belzer as Sr Mktg Mgr, North American Sales (NAS) for Corn. He had previ- ously managed the Pioneer www.Growing Point.com Web site. Replacing him is Michael Boomershine. He had been Sr Mgr, Enterprise Web Strategy for Iowa Foundation for Medical Care (IFMC), W. Des Moines, IA. Cargill launches www.CargillAg.com, a Web site developed to give grain producers a one-stop, online grain marketing resource. The new site offers streaming grain and livestock futures market quotes, continuously updated cash bid prices at every elevator in the Cargill AgHorizons network, local weather and news, and exclusive grain markets commentary by Cargill. Monsanto opens a new office in Memphis to handle its Delta and Pine business unit. New contact information is: Delta and Pine Land, 1715 Aaron Brenner Drive, Suite 301, Renais- sance Center, Memphis, TN 38120; Ph: 901/375-5640; Fax: 901/375-5675. Joining Iowa Governor Chet Culver (center) on the annual "Governor 's Hunt in Iowa" held this year in Sioux County were (l) Andy Weber, Pres, Farm Journal Media and Dave Knau, Dir of Dis- tribution Strategies and Planning, Pioneer Hi-Bred Int'l. Pioneer has been a long time sponsor of the hunt and provides a special gift to each landowner as a way to thank and recognize them, for allowing the recreational opportu- nity they provide. The proceeds from the hunt were donated to the Sioux County chapter of Pheasants Forever to invest in more habitat land and provide safety training for young hunters. Simmons Bechdol Schmidt Belzer
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