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Agrimarketing : July August 2012
Bayer CropScience acquires AgraQuest, a global supplier of biological pest management solutions based on natural microorganisms, for $425 million (U.S.) plus undisclosed milestone payments. The acquisition is subject to approval by relevant authorities. "This acquisition will enable Bayer CropScience to build a leading technology platform for green products and to strengthen its strategically important fruits and vegetables business, while also opening new opportunities in other crops and markets," says Sandra Peterson, CEO of Bayer CropScience. "We are the first in our industry to offer farmers a truly comprehensive range of integrated crop solutions based on seeds, traits and combined chemical crop protection and biological control," she adds. Drew Hendricker joins Limigrain Cereal Seeds as RSM. He was with Hughes Hybrids and had been with FS GROWMARK. Massey Ferguson combines, painted as Old Glory, tour fairs and farm shows this summer and fall. Stops include WI Farm Technology Days, Farmfest, Farm Progress Show, Big Iron Show, and Farm Science Review. USDA develops break-through foot-and-mouth (FMD) disease vaccine at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center located off the tip of Long Island. The Center is working with Merial to evaluate the FMD vaccine production process. American Vanguard Corporation restructures international sls and marketing functions of subsidiary, AMVAC Chemical Corporation, forming a Netherlands-based subsidiary, AMVAC Netherlands BV. Ad de Jong is named Managing Dir. He has been with the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture and Chemtura (and its predecessor companies). Dr. Michael D. Orzolek joins Stoller Enterprises in research and development. He was with Pennsylvania State University. Pioneer Hi-Bred is re-named DuPont Pioneer. According to the company, the name change allows DuPont and Pioneer to work closer together, strengthening their alignment publicly. Paul E. Schickler, Pres, DuPont Pioneer, says "Our customers will see no change in our traditional goal of providing the best products, services and information to help growers get the highest return on every acre they farm. What they will see is a new brand image in our communications, including product and services advertising. "As DuPont moves toward a larger presence in agriculture and AT CLOSING NEWS A new report developed by Field to Market, the Keystone Alliance for sustainable agriculture shows that six commodity crops are being produced more efficiently in the U.S. than they were 30 years ago, accompanied by important improvements in farm safety and economic sustainability for producers. Part one of the 179-page report analyzes environmental indicators from 1980 to 2011 including land use, soil erosion, irrigation water applied, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions for crops studied which includes wheat, corn, cotton, potato, rice and soybeans. It found that, over the study period, all six crops demonstrated progress in improving resource use and impact per unit of production on all five environmental indicators. AM
AgCareers Canada 2012