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Agrimarketing : March 2008
March 2008 AgriMarketing 11 fication (RFID) and global position- ing system (GPS) technologies that enable the rapid and accurate iden- tification, location tracking and condition monitoring of people, animals and high-value assets. Joseph J. Grillo is named the company's CEO. Farm Credit Council creates a new staff position that will focus addi- tional resources on supporting the efforts of Farm Credit Sys- tem institutions to serve young, beginning and small farmers and ranchers. Gary Matteson is named to the position. He was a small farmer operating a greenhouse business in Epsom, NH and he has served on the board of directors of a Farm Credit institution. Caledonia Solutions, a market research firm based in North Oaks, MN, announces the new "Channel Partner Loyalty Maximizer Service." The firm reports, "One of the biggest challenges facing crop pro- duction input or livestock feed man- ufacturers is how to motivate chan- nel partners while avoiding a dependency on subsidization and a devaluation of price." The service targets and refashions this business model into one of lasting channel partner loyalty. For more information, go to: www.caledoniasolutions.com. BASF Plant Science presents its first Marketing Excellence Award to GrowDirect, owner of Heartland Hybrids and Fielders Choice. The award recognizes exemplary BASF seed partners for their commitment to BASF Plant Science and Nutri- DenseÂ hybrids. In 2007, GrowDirect held educa- tional teleconferences for dairy pro- ducers that focused on silage quality, forage management, and the key benefits of NutriDense silage. IntercontinentalExchange (ICE), a leading global exchange operator announces its new subsidiary, the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange, will be known as ICE Futures Canada. The new name is in line with ICE's other futures subsidiaries, ICE Futures U.S.TM and ICE Futures Europe. Bovance, a cattle cloning company formed in 2007 as a joint-venture between ViaGen and Trans Ova Genetics, Sioux Center, IA, names Diane Broek as the new company's GM. Broek previ- ously has been with Trans Ova Genetics and has more than 27 years of experi- ence working with advanced reproductive tech- nologies. Most recently serving as a product and area sales manager, her past responsibilities have included Customer Service Director, Labora- tory Director, and Embryologist. Farmers National Company, Omaha, NE, the nation's leading farm and ranch management com- pany, announces the winners of its annual "Wes Furrer Conservation Award" for outstanding conserva- tion work completed on managed farmland. Penny Lauritzen, AFM, Lanark, IL, receives the award for conservation work completed on a Henry County, IL, farm east of the Missouri River. Monty Smith, AFM, Hays, KS, receiveds the award west of the Mis- souri River for his conservation work on the Cities of Hays/Russell farm in Edward County, KS. Valent U.S.A. Corporation files com- plaints against Syngenta and a num- ber of its subsidiaries in the Interna- tional Trade Commission (ITC). The cases seek relief for infringe- ment of Sumitomo Chemical's patent on an insecticide compound known as clothianidin. Valent and Sumitomo Chemical filed a separate complaint against Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for Northern California, alleg- ing that Syngenta's later use patent on clothianidin is invalid. Syngenta and its subsidiaries are accused of violating the patent by selling products in the U.S. that con- tain clothianidin and by having their products contain a chemical com- pound called thiamethoxam, some of which is metabolized into clothiani- din by the intended use of the prod- ucts. OMISSION In the annual AgriMarketing Ser- vices Guide's new "Legacy Compa- nies" section, Kubota was inadver- tently omitted from the list of tractor manufacturers now serving North America. It entered the N.A. market in 1972. PotashCorp announces a $1.5 mil- lion donation to the Youth Services Group which provides a new home and services for the more than 35 programs the agency provides. For more information, go to: www.youthservices-gn.org. AM IN MEMORIAM Francis Childs, 68, Manchester, IA. He was the first corn producer to break through the 400 bu/A yield barrier, harvesting 405 bu/A in 2001 and 442 bu/A in 2002 on his Delaware Cty farm in northeastern Iowa. He won the National Corn Growers Association's contest eight times, the Iowa Corn Grow- ers 18 times and the Nebraska contest last year after relocating to that state. Matteson Broek Lauritzen Smith
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