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Agrimarketing : March 2008
10 AgriMarketing March 2008 KL Process Design Group (KL) and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology are in production of the first small scale waste wood com- mercial facility operating in the U.S. KL's Advanced Biofuels plants will also produce excess electricity and/or steam heat that can provide additional power sources for local municipalities or will complement biofuel plants and manufacturing facilities. Great Plains Manufacturing acquires a 130,000 production facility in Ellsworth, KS. After equipping the space over the next six to nine months, Great Plains plans to build two lines of tillage equipment at the plant --- a disc-harrow line currently being built at its Tipton, KS, plant and a "Turbo-Till" line that's built in Salina, KS. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Council announces that Mon- santo's Dr. Robert T. Fraley, is awarded the NAS Award for the Industrial Appli- cation of Science. The prize is awarded every three years for original work of intrinsic scien- tific importance and with signifi- cant, beneficial applications in industry --- in this case, the improvement of crops through biotechnology. Makhteshim Agan of North Amer- ica, Inc., (MANA) acquires the rights to Chemtura Corp's Diamond, a broad-spectrum cotton and sugar- cane insecticide offering a unique mode of action. MANA has been the technical reg- istrant of Novaluron, the active ingre- dient in Diamond, to Chemtura and will continue to manufacture all Dia- mond technical material. As part of the distribution agreement, MANA receives all registrations, regulatory data, trademark rights and existing inventories of the insecticide. A team of plant geneticists and crop scientists pioneers an economical approach to the selective breeding of corn that can boost levels of provita- min A, the precursors that are con- verted to vitamin A upon consump- tion. This innovation could help to enhance the nutritional status of mil- lions of people in the developing world. The team includes scientists from Cornell University, the University of Illinois, Boyce Thompson Insti- tute, DuPont Crop Genetics Research, the University of North Carolina, the City University of New York, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center and the USDA. McCormick International USA, pro- motes Rodney Miller to Exec VP/Sls & Mktg. He joined the company last year.Wayne Buchberger is promoted to VP/Sls. He had been a territory mgr for the company since 2002 and replaces Ray Spinks who is named Sls Dir for the McCormick UK Com- mercial Branch. Thurman Kirkland joins the firm to lead its dealer development efforts and expand the number of dealers carrying the Landini and McCormick product lines. He most recently was with Montana Tractors and has also worked for TAFE, Val- tra, Belarus and Long Mfg. AgroFresh Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rohm and Haas and Syngenta announce the signing of a letter of intent to enter into an exclu- sive global strategic alliance to develop and commercialize Invinsa technology, a unique product for crop stress protection in field crops. Invinsa technology, a sprayable formulation of 1-methylcyclo- propene (1-MCP), will be the first- ever product introduced into field crop markets to specifically protect crop yield during extended periods of high temperature, mild-to-mod- erate drought and other crop stresses. Rob Neill is appointed Global Head of Marketing for Syngenta Crop Protection and will base out of the company's headquarters in Basel, Switzer- land. He was GM/Professional Products, NAFTA region. David Stanley replaces Neill. He was Global Head, Lawn and Garden. Erin Zwick joins Direct Contact, Inc., St. Charles, IL as a recruiter. Previously, she has held several roles including account management and business development in the technology and financial sectors. JP Ruiz-Funes joins Land O'Lakes, as Sr VP/Corp Strategy and Bus Dev. He has been with Baxter Healthcare, Quaker Oats and McKinsey & Com- pany. Barry Wolfish is named Sr VP/Corp Mktg Strategy. He had been with the Corp Strategy and Bus Dev group and has previously worked for General Mills. Mike Vandelogt is named Exec VP/COO, Winfield Solutions Seed Division. He was previously VP/Mktg. Dave Seehusen, is named Exec VP/Land O'Lakes Ag Bus Dev and Member Svs. Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), Bayer CropScience AG and Daimler AG sign an MOU to jointly explore the potential for a biodiesel industry based on Jatropha. The tropi- cal plant can be grown in South Amer- ica, Africa and in Asian countries such as China, India or Indonesia. Digital Angel, Delray Beach, FL, merges with Applied Digital Solu- tions, St. Paul, MN. The newly combined company will do business as Digital Angel and trades on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol "DIGA". The company is a leading provider of radio frequency identi- Fraley Miller Buchberger Neill
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