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Agrimarketing : January February 2014
Daily Updates on www.AgriMarketing.com Accts Mgr. She has been with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica. Connexio Labs, Charlotte, NC, becomes an independent company from Technekes, LLC. Chris Williams is named Pres/COO. Raven Industries, Inc. announces a collaboration with Kinze Manufacturing. In the summer of 2013, Raven introduced the first commercially available multi-hybrid planter solution that allows growers to switch between two hybrids on the fly. As part of the collaboration, Raven will be the technology provider for Kinze’s new 4900 series multi-hybrid concept planters being tested with select North American producers in the spring of 2014. Raven reports this planter will be the first to offer producers this capability as a factoryinstalled option. In addition, Beck’s Hybrids will be providing their agronomic expertise to strengthen their position as a leader in multi-hybrid planting as well as seed selection. Beck’s introduced their first multi-hybrid planter in 2012 and will be starting their third year of testing in 2014. Ken Phelps joins Cheminova, Inc. as Sr Marketing Mgr. He had been with Agraquest and has been with Dow Agrosciences, DowElanco and Dow Chemical Company. Purdue University creates the Center for Animal Welfare Science and names Assoc Professor of Animal Sciences, Candace Croney, as its Dir. Wilbur-Ellis enters the Iowa market with its acquisition ofAdvanced Ag, a crop input retailer located in Creston, IA. Tara Smith, a lobbyist for the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau, reports that acreage covered by crop insurance expanded by 100 million acres from 1998 to 2012. Total premiums jumped from $1.8 billion, to $11.1 billion. Farmer-paid premiums climbed from $929 million to over $4 billion. The government subsidy for crop insurance premiums has increased from $28 billion in 1998, to $117 billion in 2012. Monsanto and Novozymes announce a long-term strategic alliance for the research and commercialization of sustainable microbial products. The companies report, “This BioAg Alliance will allow the companies to leverage employees, technologies and commercial assets in the companies’ agricultural biologicals portfolios. The BioAg Alliance is unique in the industry, bringing together Novozymes’ commercial BioAg operations and capabilities within microbial discovery, development and production with Monsanto's microbial discovery, advanced biology, field testing and commercial capabilities.” Dr. Robb Fraley, Chief Technology Officer of Monsanto, explains, “Just as Monsanto has done with leadership investments in our precision agriculture platform, we see this collaboration as being the same type of catalyst for taking our biologicals work from a technology to a full-fledged platform that represents the next layer of opportunity for growers to drive yield and productivity while helping the preservation of finite natural resources in our precious planet.” The companies report, “Microbial-based solutions are derived from various naturally-occurring microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi. They can protect crops from pests and diseases and enhance plant productivity and fertility. With faster development cycles compared to other agricultural innovations, as well as broad geographic and crop applicability, microbial solutions offer tremendous potential to deliver sustainable, cost-effective solutions that can increase yield using less input.” AM An analysis of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency found that nearly half of all samples tested in the past two years contained pesticide residues. 1.8% violated Canada’s maximum allowable limits. John Deere Electronic Solutions (JDES) completes the transition in corporate identity from its original name, Phoenix International. JDES develops and manufactures various advanced electronic components that function in rugged and extreme conditions for John Deere and other original equipment manufacturers worldwide. It has facilities in Fargo, ND; Pune, India, and Torreon, Mexico. Michaela Spring joins ImmuCell as Sls and Marketing Mgr for the Western U.S. She recently completed her Masters in animal physiology at Iowa State University. Anjuli Doyle joins Entira as an Assoc. She had been with Adayana’s Management Consulting Team and has been with the American Farm Bureau Federation and Elanco Animal Health. AM IN MEMORIAM Banker, philanthropist and civic leader R. Crosby Kemper Jr. passed away on January 2, 2014. He was 86. Kemper passionately believed the best young leaders come from rural backgrounds, and he wanted to give them tools to succeed. Because of his commitment and that of other area business leaders, including his son Alexander (Sandy) Kemper, Agriculture Future of America (AFA)was born in 1996. Kemper’s commitment to AFA and its students was personal. He served as a lifetime member of the AFA Board of Directors. In the past 17 years, AFA has honored Kemper’s commitment to agriculture’s young leaders, awarding more than $8 million in academic and leader development scholarships and impacting over 9,000 college leaders and young professionals. AM January/February 2014 s Agri Marketing 11
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