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Agrimarketing : January February 2008
January/February 2008 AgriMarketing 11 The University of Illinois announces it will offer a master 's degree in swine production that combines research experience in the swine industry with research training. The degree --- The Maschhoffs Inc.-sponsored Master of Science in animal sciences-swine production management --- is designed as a two- year program for students with a B.S. degree in animal sciences or an associated discipline. Bayer CropScience announces the formation of a BioScience Leadership Team to lead its cottonseed business unit which includes FiberMax, Stoneville and AFD brands. Mike Gilbert, is named VP & Global Head and Lee Rivenbark, is named Dir, U.S. Cotton Ops; Alex Merege, Cotton Ops Mexico and South America Mgr; Art Simpson, U.S. Cotton Supply Chain Manager; Gary Gaar, U.S. Sls Mger; Steve Nichols, U.S. Agronomic Mgr; Jeff Brehmer, U.S. FiberMax Mktg Mgr; and Kyle Maple, U.S. Stoneville Mktg Mgr. Potash Corp, Saskatoon, SK, announces plans for a 2-million-ton mine and mill expansion at Rocanville, SK, that will raise the company's total annual potash capacity to 15.7 million tons. The company expects to complete the project in less than five years at an estimated cost of $1.8 billion. USDA names Chris Connelly as Dir of Comms. Connelly replaces Terri Teuber Moore, who is named the Deputy Dir of Comms for Policy and Plan- ning at the White House. Connelly has served since 2001 as Chief of Staff and Comms Dir for the Office of Rep Jo Ann Davis. Prior to that, he advised members of Congress as Deputy Chief of Staff, Press Sec'y and Asst Press Sec'y. ANIMART, Beaver Dam, WI, Veteri- narian Dr. Burton Wiersema leads a team of 30 people to Nicaragua where they provided disaster relief to agriculture-dependent families and their animals. For many, the hur- ricane wiped out their entire food supply, cropland and cattle. With his interpreter and univer- sity students from Bluefield Indian Caribbean University, Wiersma treated more than 265 cattle, horses and pigs for parasites, and adminis- tered antibiotic treatments and vita- mins A, B, and D to disease-stricken animals. Novariant-AutoFarm, Fremont, CA, names Joe Robertson Mgr of Comms. He had previously been with Red Lizard Creative, San Diego, CA. Jim Davies joins Rotam North America, Inc., the crop protection unit of the Rotam Group to support midwestern markets. He has been with DuPont and its Protein Technologies business unit. Paul Wulf joins the company to support the Californian and western markets. He had been an independent consultant and previously had been with Western Farm Service. Dave Shwartz joins Specialty Fertilizer Products (SFP), Belton, MO, as its Nat'l Sls Mgr. He had been with Van Diest Supply Co. and prior to that with Ciba-Geigy and Growmark. Melanie Acklin is named Dir of Mktg. She has been with Osborne & Barr Communi- cations and Rhea & Kaiser. Jan Strem and Larry Shivers are named Nat'l Products Reps. Strem had been with The Anderson's and previously with Tessenderlo Kerley. Shivers had been with Terra Industries and has been with Va n Diest and Ciba-Geigy. AM Connelly IN MEMORIAM Gary Scharf, 48, Lincoln, NE, one of the victims of the killings at the mall in Omaha last month. He had stopped by the mall on his way to attend the Agricultural Retailers Assoc. annual convention. He was Nat'l Sls Mgr for LG Lucky Goldstar (LG), a Korean- based manufacturer of off-patent crop protection products that is entering the U.S. ag market. Before joining LG, he had worked for Novartis (Syngenta) in various sales positions and was National Sales Mgr for Makhteshim (MANA). He was also active working with youth, serving as a trustee on the Nebraska FFA foundation. Dr. Wiersema with family in Nicaragua. Here are the five most commonly viewed news items as reported in the AgriMarketing Weekly e-newsletter in 2007: 1. Agrium To Acquire UAP 2. BASF and Monsanto Announce Joint R&D and Commercialization Agreement 3. Monsanto Acquires D&PL 4. Syngenta Seeds Reorganizes Its Operations 5. Stauffer Seeds Goes Out of Business Gilbert Rivenbark Acklin
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