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Agrimarketing : January February 2014
Daily Updates on www.AgriMarketing.com Newly elected trustees include Blackford F. (Beau) Brauer, Hunter Engineering; Lee Broughton, Enterprise Holdings, and Mark Trudeau, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. John Toaspern is named Chief Mktg Officer at the U.S. Potato Board. He has been serving as the group’s VP/Int’l Mktg since 1999. Alison Lewis, Global Chief Marketing Officer for Johnson & Johnson, is installed as the first Chairwoman of the Nat’l 4-H Council’s Board of Trustees. Passing the gavel is outgoing Chairman James Borel, Executive VP of DuPont. AM Nucelis CEO and Pres Sean Toaspern Cibus Global acquires the remaining interest in Nucelis Inc. which will now become an independent operating unit of Cibus. O’Connor will continue to lead the Nucelis operating unit as its CEO and will join the Cibus executive management team as a Sr VP of Cibus. Nucelis will continue to be the exclusive licensee to Cibus’ Rapid Trait Development System technology in its key product areas of fermentation and bio-based chemicals. Jim Schweigert succeeds Lou Schweigert as Pres of Gro Alliance. U.S. farm machinery sales end the year on a high note. According to the Assn of Equipment Mfgrs, sales of 2-wheel-drive tractors under 40 HP are up 9% over last year, while 40- to under-100 HP are up 5%. Sales of 2-wheel-drive 100+ HP were up 18%, while 4-wheel-drive tractors were even with last year. Sales of combines for the year increased of 10%. A total of 195,080 2-wheel tractors were sold, 6,908 4-wheel drive tractors and 10,765 combines. Canadian 2-wheel drive tractor sales were up 9% over the prior year, 4-wheel drive tractor were down 1% and combine sales up 2%. A total of 25,979 tractors were sold in Canada, 1,567 4-wheel drive and 2,952 combines. AM He had been VP of Bus Development. FMC Agricultural Solutions promotes Rick Ekins to Portfolio Mgr for Fungicides and Insecticides. He had been a Sr Product Mgr. AM IN MEMORIAM Fred W. Middleton passed away on January 10, 2014. He was 74. Born in Little Rock, AR, Middleton had a long and distinguished career as a writer and a PR professional. He worked as a sports writer at The Commercial Appeal and as the Sports Information Dir at the University of Memphis. He had retired from the Nat’l Cotton Council where he was PR Dir. He was Pres of the National Agri-Marketing Assn (NAMA) in 1994-95. AM
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