Monsanto announces a $1 million gift to establish the Monsanto Center for Biotech Education within the FFA Enrichment Center which is being built on the Ankeny, IA, campus of the Des Moines Area Community College.
"The Center for Biotech Education will showcase opportunities available through the use and further development of biotechnology," says Monsanto's VP of Global Plant Breeding Ted Crosbie. The Monsanto Center for Biotech Education will serve Iowa's 12,000-plus FFA members and agricultural science students, as well as, students with a general interest in science. Community leaders, farmers and the broader business community nationwide, will also benefit from the programming offered.
DuPont announces it has formed DuPont Biofuels, a business unit, to expand into the global biofuel market. The unit will be headed by John P. Ranieri, VP and general manager of DuPont Bio-Based Materials, Energy and Specialities.
Its focus will be on agricultural biotechnology, metabolic engineering, chemistry and process energy.
MetLife, Inc., announces the recent expansion of its agricultural investments timberland finance operations with the formation of the National Timber Office located in Memphis, TN. MetLife and its affiliates oversee an $8 billion agricultural mortgage portfolio.
MetLife's Agricultural Investments unit has expanded its timber operations with the addition of a team of timber specialists centrally located to provide capital to the forest products industry in the United States and other timber regions of the world. The office is led by S. Peter Headley, director of timber operations for MetLife Agricultural Investments.
In addition to the national timber office, the unit has regional offices in Fresno, CA; west Des Moines, IA; Bloomington, IL; Overland Park, KS, (which also serves as the unit's headquarters) and Richmond, IN. Robert Merck is head of the unit.
Ft Dodge Animal Health, announces the launch of its new livestock Web site, www.fortdodgelivestock.com.
"This site is a fully functional and significant online resource for veterinarians, producers and horse owners," says Craig Wallace, vice president of marketing. The new site contains more than 600 pages of information about Ft Dodge Animal Health products, searchable by species - beef, dairy, swine and equine - and by product name or category. Within each page, viewers can link to the product label, as well as, documents providing a comprehensive look at current research and data pertaining to specific products.
Kent Feeds announces a new package look and name to their poultry product line.
The new line is called "Home Fresh Poultry Feeds ... Enriching a Wholesome Tradition." Although
it has a new name and is packaged in new attractive bags,it has the same great nutrition, the company reports.
Glades Crop Care (GCC), Jupiter, FL, was awarded the first ever 2006 IPM Achievement Award at the National Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium held in St. Louis, MO.
GCC provides scouting and consulting services in the southeastern United States and the Caribbean basin. It has conducted independent and collaborative research in all areas of pest management on some of the most intense and quality conscious crops.
Jason Moss joins Brock Associates, Milwaukee, WI, as marketing consultant. In addition to providing grain producers with customized marketing strategies that include cash marketing, futures and options, Moss is director of Brock Associates' risk management services. As such, Moss will be working directly with agribusinesses such as ethanol plants to develop and implement valuable risk management tools.
Prior to joining Brock Associates, Moss was VP of First Bank in Pittsfield, IL.
Rabobank celebrates 25 years of presence in the United States which began with the opening of its New York city office in 1981.
Since then, it has grown to become one of the leading financiers to the food and agriculture industry in the Americas, as well as specialists in providing sophisticated, customer driven solutions in the global rinancial markets and corporate finance areas.
Today, over 1,600 employees in over 100 U.S. locations help meet the banking and financial needs of individuals, businesses, investors and agricultural clients in communities across the Americas.
USDA announces the release of an implementation plan that outlines timelines and benchmarks for the establishment of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), along with a plan for the initial integration of private and state animal tracking databases with NAIS.
"Developing an effective animal identification system has been a high priority for USDA and we've made significant strides toward achieving a comprehensive U.S. system," said USDA Sec'y Mike Johanns.
The implementation plan continues to set an aggressive timeline for ensuring full implementation of the NAIS by 2009. It establishes benchmarks for incrementally accomplishing the remaining implementation goals to enable the NAIS to be operational by 2007, and to achieve full producer participation by 2009. Several important components have already been accomplished. These include the development of premises registration systems in each state and the issuance of guidelines for the manufacture and distribution of animal identification numbers. More than 235,000 premises are currently registered.
Dow AgroSciences Canada, Inc. moves its head office to downtown Calgary. The organization is moving from its current location in the northeast to the Trans Canada building in the heart of downtown Calgary. Dow Chemical Canada Inc.'s western office will also move into the building this summer.
Phone and primary fax numbers will remain the same for both companies. The Dow AgroSciences Solutions Center retains its toll-free phone line 800/667-3852 and fax line 888/296-6188.
In response to devastating wildfires that charred more than a million acres, claimed 11 lives and killed more than 10,000 head of livestock in the Texas Panhandle last winter, Pfizer Animal Health has contributed a variety of products to help veterinarians provide emergency relief to their livestock clients.
"There was a tremendous need for antibiotics to treat secondary infections and for anti-inflammatory products," said Greg Quakenbush, DVM, director, Beef Veterinary Operations, Pfizer Animal Health. The most prominent injuries were from severe burns, smoke inhalation, and trauma from injuries.
"It was a serious situation on so many different fronts," said Steve Clarken, group director, Beef Operations, Pfizer Animal Health. "We see this product donation as a small contribution we can make to the relief efforts facing so many of our industry partners including ranchers and veterinarians - in the Panhandle."
BMG (Barlow Marketing Group),
Ft. Wayne, IN, a sales development, research and marketing firm working exclusively with manufacturers in the construction, mining & aggregate, environmental & recycling and agriculture industries - has launched an updated version of its Web site.
The site: www.barlowmktg.com explains how BMG helps manufacturers in these specific industries grow through sales and channel development; product and market research; strategic planning; and sales and marketing programs - both domestically and internationally.
Since 1991, BMG has worked with more than 50 equipment manufacturers worldwide. BMG is primarily comprised of marketing and sales management personnel formally associated with industry manufacturers.
Becker Underwood, Inc., Ames, IA, announces the acquisition of the Sub-Sahara International, Richmond, TX, a company specializing in seed enhancement products. Sub-Sahara's product line also includes bio-active seed enhancements, micronutrients and plant growth hormones.
Becker Underwood CEO Dr. Peter Innes says, "The addition of Sub-Sahara products extends our position as the largest global supplier of non-pesticide seed enhancement products. We look forward to adding the Sub-Sahara technology to better serve our seed customers around the world."
Chemtura Corporation, Middlebury, CT, announces the acquisition of the Trace Chemicals business from Bayer CropScience.
"Trace Chemicals is a leader in grower-applied seed treatments. With this acquisition, Chemtura will be able to apply the benefits of its global experience to an important and growing segment of the seed treatment business, 'downstream' crop protection via the seed," says Mike McFatrich, global seed treatment product manager, Chemtura.
Key products in the portfolio include the following, which will continue to be sold under the Trace Chemicals brand name: Latitude, Prevail, Terraclor, Vitavax and Stiletto.
The Scotts Company Professional Business Group, Marysville, OH, announces that Bernie Bross is named as marketing director for the Pro Hort Americas team. Bross will be responsible for the strategic direction of all Pro Hort Americas marketing efforts, strategic alliances and partnerships, new business and driving new product initiatives.
Bross has had marketing leadership positions in at AgrEvo (Bayer), BASF and Syngenta. Additionally, he supervised the Bayer Crop Science and Environmental Science account as a Sr VP at Valentine Radford agency in Kansas City, MO.
Theodore Crosbie, vice president of global plant breeding at Monsanto receives Iowa State University's Order of the Knoll Corporate and Foundation Award.
The award is presented to a corporation or foundation that has demonstrated outstanding generosity to Iowa State.
Fast Genetics, Saskatoon, SK, announces the addition of Chad Nicholas as the sales and marketing manager. He will oversee the sales and marketing of Fast Genetics by working with its four dealerships to continue to grow market share. AM