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Agrimarketing : June 2012
has also served on the Board of Dir of The Center for Food Integrity. Chris Ferris joins as Senior Grains Analyst. He was with the Canadian Wheat Board and had been with MTS Allstream and Proactive Information Services. Dan Ellsworth is named Pres of the Dairy and Livestock Division for ANIMART, Inc. He was with Destron Fearing. The University of Nebraska Department of Agronomy and Horticulture launches the "Plant Breeding and Genetics Professional Development Certificate" program. The program is designed for seed industry, plant breeding profession- als and certified crop advisors. Curt Schoonover rejoins the Kent Nutrition Group --- Feed Division as the Commercial Acct Mgr for Eastern IA. Sun Gro Horticulture Ltd acquires the Fafard peat unit of Syngenta's Lawn and Garden business. Gro Alliance acquires the Mount Pulaski, IL corn production location of Bo Jac Seed Company. Dr. Daniel Hillel, a scientist from Israel, wins the 2012 World Food Prize by pioneering a radically innovative way of bringing water to crops in arid and dry-land regions. Hillel will be formally presented with the $250,000 award in October. AM Daily Updates on www.AgriMarketing.com Hillel INCREASE IN MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS INVESTMENTS In an Agri-Marketers' Poll conducted last month, 76% of 121 respondents reported they plan to increase their investment in marketing communica- tions over the next six months. Here are the question and responses: Which of the following best describes your organization's investment in marketing communications over the next six months? Expect it to increase substantially ... 24% Expect it to increase some ... 52% Expect no change ... 22% Expect it to decrease some ... 2% Expect it to decrease substantially ... 0% The Agri-Marketers' Poll is a joint project of Agri Marketing magazine and the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB). AM AGCO celebrates the grand openings of its Intivity Center and the 75,000-sq-ft expansion of its Jackson, MN, manufacturing center. The investment brings production of Challenger and Massey Ferguson row-crop tractors to North America and will contribute more than $17 million dollars and 200 jobs to the local economy. Cutting the ribbon are AGCO Chmn/CEO Martin Richenhagen (l) and Sr. VP/Gen'l Mgr N.A. Bob Crain. In the middle are Al McQuinn, Founder of AgChem (which originally built the facility before its acquisition by AGCO) and Bob Ratliff, one of the Founders of AGCO. The Intivity Center, a 17,000-sq-ft, state-of-the-art visitor center, is AGCO's first welcome center in North America, and showcases the farmer-focused innovations behind the AGCO brands.
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