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Agrimarketing : June 2008
BASF names Nevin McDougall VP/U.S. Business Ops, Crop Protection Division. McDougall had led BASF operations in the Asia Pacific region as Group VP/Ag Products and has been with the compa- ny and legacy American Cyanamid for 15 years. The company names Timothy Knight as Bus Mgr for the Professional Pest Control group. He most recently was Bus Mgr for its Vegetation Mgt. Goup. Deere & Company acquires T-Systems International, Inc. , San Diego, CA, and Plastro Irrigation Systems, Ltd. , Israel, and will com- bine both companies’ operations with its John Deere Water Technologies (JDWT) unit, San Marcos, CA. The joint operations establish John Deere as the third largest agricultural irrigation company in the world. JDWT is a manufacturer of high performance plastic micro and drip irrigation products for the agricul- tural, nursery, landscape, and green- house markets and was formed in June 2006 when Deere purchased Roberts Irrigation Products, Inc. Michael McGrady , Pres of JDWT, says, “Precision irrigation will help the world meet its demand for increased productivity from agri- culture.” Curry Seed Company , Elk Point, SD, and Pioneer Hi-Bred reach an agreement regarding the purchase of the “Curry Seed” brand name. The terms were not disclosed. The Curry brand will continue to be managed from Elk Point. Exclusive Curry Seed regionally tested products will be available only from Curry Seed salespeople. “Through this agreement with Curry Seed, Pioneer can expand markets for its germplasm with unique products not available as a Pioneer brand product,” says Bart Baudler , Pioneer Dir, Out-licensing and Distribution. SEED BUYING DECISIONS What producers need to know before locking in seed this fall. TIMING: Sept. 08 - Jan. 09 IT’S ALL ABOUT DEMAND We help producers navigate today’s demand-driven markets. TIMING: Fourth Quarter 2008 Lead the way with America’s largest producers — we’ve got the right mix! MANAGING RISK We’re covering the aspects of managing risk during volatile times. TIMING: Fourth Quarter 2008 AG SUMMIT EVENT This live seminar will focus on topics such as risk management strategies, foreign markets, weather outlooks, tax advice and more. TIMING: Dec. 7 - 9, 2008 - Chicago, IL McDougall Syngenta reaches a definitive agreement with Monsanto which settles all outstanding litigation relating to the two companies’ global corn and soy- bean businesses. Terms of the agreement include: • Monsanto receives a royalty-bearing license to Syngenta’s enabling tech- nology for dicamba herbicide tolerance. • Syngenta receives more favorable marketing conditions relating to its Bt11 trait for European corn borer control. • Monsanto and Syngenta agree to settle all patent, antitrust and commer- cial litigation between the companies and their subsidiaries. These dis- putes include: Syngenta’s antitrust action against Monsanto, all infringe- ment cases on herbicide-tolerant and insect-protected corn technologies, and a dispute between the parties on herbicide-tolerant soybean tech- nology. • Syngenta receives a royalty-bearing license to Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean technology. • Monsanto and Syngenta agree to cross-enable each other to develop and deliver innovative new herbicide-tolerant and Bt insect-protection prod- ucts in corn, cotton and soybeans to compete for the business of farmers around the world. In related news, The Context Network, West Des Moines, IA, reports the Monsanto and Syngenta agreement will have lasting repercussions throughout the seed, biotech and crop protection industries and has pre- pared a white paper about it. The paper can be downloaded from the company Web site (www.contextnet.com) upon subscription. AM
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