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Agrimarketing : October 2008
Sipcam Agro USA, Inc. acquires Advan LLC as a wholly-owned sub- sidiary. Advan’s product family, which includes traditional and biorational products for the professional turf and ornamental, specialty agricul- ture and home and garden markets, remains unchanged. Bayer CropScience promotes Rod Merryweather to the new position of N.A. Oilseeds Business Opera- tions Mgr for its BioScience Divi- sion, Calgary, MB. since 2004. Eli Lilly and Co. chooses a new headquarters location for its animal health division, Elanco, in Green- field, IN. Construction will begin in March 2009 and is expected to be complete in spring 2010. Schering-Plough Corporation (SPC) announces the successful divestiture of some of its animal products in Europe to Pfizer Animal Health for (Euro) $116 million. The divestments were requested by the European Commission as part of its October 2007 clearance of SPC’s acquisition of Organon BioSciences. Pioneer Hi-Bred launches a simpli- fied naming system for its new 2009 corn hybrids. It expects the system will make it easier for growers to immediately identify the base genet- ics and traits found in hybrids they purchase from Pioneer. Titan Machinery Inc., Fargo, ND, acquires Wolf’s Farm Equipment, Inc., a farm equipment dealership representing the New Holland (NH) brand in Kintyre, ND. The dealer- ship reported revenues of approxi- mately $3 million. Titan also acquires the agricul- ture division of Pioneer Garage, Inc., Case IH and NH dealerships in Pierre and Highmore, SD, and a NH dealership in Miller, SD. These deal- 10 AgriMarketing ¦ October 2008 MONSANTO NEWS Monsanto makes a number of announcements, including: • It has produced a genetic blueprint of one of its top-performing elite female corn lines. The scientific achievement was made through the use of high throughput DNAsequencing methods, as well as data generated by the recently completed maize genome project. • It launches its first new seed treatment product, Acceleron. It will be available when RR 2 Yield soybeans are made available for commercial release and use, in SmartStax corn in 2010, in Deltapine cotton in 2011 and in other crops in coming seasons. • It receives regulatory approval in China for the importation of RR 2 Yield soybeans. • It pledges $1 million toward the $11.5 million renovation of Curtiss Hall, the building housing the main offices of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University. Merryweather He had been Dir of Sales/Canada • Its Asgrow brand is introducing the new AccuSure Seed County System for its RR 2 Yield soybeans in both paper and mini-bulk bags for the 2009 planting season. • It has broken ground for its new DEKALB seed corn production facility in Independence, IA. • It has settled a two-year dispute over patent infringement with Pilot Grove Co-op, Pilot Grove, MO. The compensation it receives from Pilot Grove will fund scholarships for college-bound FFA and 4-H youth in the area. • During the past ten years, Monsanto reports it has filed suit against famers for seed patent infringement approximately 125 times. According to the company, of those lawsuits, all but eight were successfully settled without the need for trial. The company proceeded through trial in the remaining eight, and won each case. AM erships reported agriculture rev- enues totaling $44.7 million. This brings the total number of dealerships/locations owned by Titan to 47. Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc., (TPS) announces a new organiza- tional structure, each reporting to Ray O’Connor, Pres/CEO. The units and their leaders are: Survey and Construction — Jamie Williamson; Emerging Business (GIS, network, mobile) — Eduardo Falcon; Precision Agriculture — David Vaughn; and Telematics — Mark Bittner. Also, Mick Yamazaki is promoted to the new position of COO. He will continue as Exec VP and head up the manufacturing operations. GROWMARKnames Joe Kapraun as Mgr, Grain Division, replacing Larry Keene who retires with 23 years of service. Kapraun has been part of the Grain Division field staff since 2006. Prior, he held positions in several GROWMARK FS member coopera- tives, including 12 years as GM of Stanford Grain, IL. Priority IAC names Jim Van Proosdy VP, Sales. Most recently, he was Exec Dir, Sales for Merial Ltd. He has also worked in sales and marketing man- agement for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica. Archer Daniels Midland, Deere and Monsanto agree to collaborate on research to explore technologies and processes to turn crop residues into feed and bioenergy products. The companies will work together to identify environmentally and economically sustainable meth- ods for the harvest, storage and transport of corn stover — the stalks, leaves and cobs of corn plants. Market Probe acquires UP-Point China, a market research company in China with annual revenues of
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