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Agrimarketing : September 2012
Dr. Carl Guthrie, DVM is promoted to Dir, Technical Consultants for Elanco's Beef Unit. He was Sls Mgr for the company. Dr. Scott Valentine is named to head Syngenta Flowers, Home & Garden North America. He succeeds Keelan Pulliam who is retiring at the end of 2012. Valentine had served as the head of Marketing Services for Lawn & Garden North America and began his career as a biotechnology project manager. Pulliam has had such key positions as head of Turf & Landscape and Pres of Conrad Fafard, a Syngenta legacy company. Larry L. Groce is appointed VP, Bus Development and Strategic Accts for Global Industries whose brands include MFS, Storemor and York. He is a past Board Chairman of the U.S. Grains Council and the Alpha Zeta Foundation. Dr. Andrea Festuccia is named Chmn of the Board for BeesFree, Inc., a supplier of food supplements for honeybees to help prevent the effects of Colony Collapse Disorder. Dr. Festuccia currently serves as Senior Mgr of Altran Italia SpA. Frank Sterner, Ph.D., MBA, is promoted to CEO for Lohmann Animal Health International. He joined the company in 2008 and was named Pres the following year. Previously, he was with Maine Biological Labratories. William Stuckert joins Jerkins Creative Consulting (JCC) as a Specialist. JCC, Benton, IL, specializes in providing business solutions for equipment dealers and suppliers, nationally and interna- tionally. He was Pres/Gen'l Mgr of Woods --- Tisco and has been with CNH, Alamo Group and Case Corporation. Lori Lennard launches AgProVise, a human capital consulting firm for farms and agribusinesses. She is also a Sr Leader at Lennard Ag Company, a 7,500 acre potato and grain farm with locations in MI and IN and hosts a weekly blog for Farm Futures magazine. Fair Oaks, located in the northwestern Indiana, recently broke ground for its new Pig Adventure. Fair Oaks Farms has been successfully telling the story of the dairy industry since 2004. Malcolm DeKryger, Vice President of Belstra Milling says this is a great opportunity to educate the consumer about the swine industry. "The opportunity to show people daily, without any obstructions is a great thing," he says. "From the time when pig farmers started putting buildings with roofs and side walls over their pigs it left people wondering what goes on inside the walls." DeKryger says this facility will take down those walls --- and let the world see what they are doing. The roughly $15 million facility will include an educational/touring component that will be operated by Fair Oaks Farms and a state of the art 2,700 sow gestation and farrowing facility that will be suitable for touring that will built and owned by Belstra Milling. It is expected to be open to the public in early summer of 2013. The Missouri Cattlemen's Association (MCA) names Mike Deering as its new Exec VP. He had been with the Nat'l Cattlemen's Beef Assn, and prior with the American Farm Bureau Federation, U.S. Grains Council, Western Livestock Journal and Oklahoma 4-H Foundation. National 4-H Council announces a partnership with the Howard G. Buffett Foundation by supporting the "Invest an Acre" program. Launched in 2012, Invest an Acre, a collaboration which includes ADM, Monsanto and Feeding America, is the first wide-scale effort to organize U.S. farmers to support hunger relief, and enables farmers across the country to donate one acre or more of crop proceeds to help fight hunger in their own communities. In partnership 4-H will establish pilot projects with 4-H programs in key states engaging thousands of 4-H members and volunteers in community-based food-security and hunger-relief projects. AGCO promotes Tom Welke to Sr/VP, Global Grain and Protein of its GSI unit. He has been with GSI since 2008 and was Pres of the Global Grain business when it was acquired by AGCO. Most recently, he had been VP/Managing Dir of GSI China. AM September 2012 Agri Marketing 11 Daily Updates on www.AgriMarketing.com Monsanto wins a patent infringement trial in the U.S. District Court against DuPont Pioneer. The trial had centered on DuPont's disputed use of Monsanto's patented Roundup Ready technology. In rendering its verdict, the federal jury found that DuPont and DuPont Pioneer had willfully infringed Monsanto's patented Roundup Ready technology when it tried to patch problems with DuPont's own Optimum GAT (OGAT) technology that had failed in earlier development. The jury awarded damages of $1 billion to Monsanto based on DuPont's willful infringement of its technology and the improper head start that DuPont obtained when it infringed Monsanto's technology rights. DuPont strongly disagrees with the verdict, stating there were several fundamental errors in the case which deprived the jury of important facts and arguments and led to the outcome. DuPont will appeal. AM Dr. Guthrie Groce Lennard
AgCareers USA 2012