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Betsy Ward is named Pres/CEO of the USA Rice Federation.

Ward served for two years as the USA Rice VP for domestic and international promotion before becoming Exec Dir of the Hardwood Federation in Washington, in May 2005.

Chemtura Corp, Middlebury, CT, announces a restructuring in which it will have four, rather than the current six, business units.

Group Presidents are:
Crop Protection - interim Greg McDaniel.
Polymer Additives, which will include the former Plastic Additives and Flame Retardants business units - Anne Noonan.
Performance Specialties - Bob Wedinger.
Consumer Products - interim Kim Nicholson.

BASF and Monsanto Company announce a joint research, development and commercialization collaboration in plant biotechnology focusing on high yielding crops and crops that are more tolerant to adverse environmental conditions.

The two companies will dedicate a joint budget of potentially $1.5 billion billion to fund a pipeline of yield and stress tolerance traits for corn, soybeans, cotton and canola.

In addition, the companies also announce they have entered into a separate collaboration to research methods to control the soybean cyst nematode.

Destron Fearing, St. Paul, MN, announces the addition of Sue Brown as Product Mgr.

For the past six years, Brown has owned and operated Brown + Associates, a virtual agency specializing in brand development, strategic planning and marketing communications in Minneapolis, MN.

The company is a leader in the animal identification industry.

Schering-Plough Corporation announces it will acquire Organon BioSciences N.V., the human and animal health care businesses of Akzo Nobel N.V. and parent company of Intervet.

Organon BioSciences has top-line sales of nearly $5 billion. On the animal health side, this acquisition creates one of the leading animal health business.

Alpharma Inc. moves its headquarters to Bridgewater, NJ. It had been in Ft. Lee, NJ.

New address and phone number are: Alpharma Inc., Grande Commons, 440 U.S. Highway 22 East, 3rd Floor, Bridgewater, NJ 08807, Ph: 908/566-3800.

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) requests Syngenta not to release seed with the Agrisure Rootworm trait (MIR 604), which has not received full approval in Japan and currently lacks regulatory approval in most major export markets.

Syngenta responds that it is seeking full regulatory approval from all major export markets of U.S. corn and corn products. Pending the trait's approval in Japan, it has implemented a comprehensive grower communication/commitment program that is designed to inform all Agrisure RW growers that until Japan approval is granted, grain produced from Agrisure RW hybrids must be directed to domestic uses and away from export channels.

To read the specifics of the program, go to www.AgriMarketing.com and in the "Search News & Articles" box, type in the keyword Syngenta.

A new study reports the U.S. agricultural equipment industry generates over $82 billion in economic activity and is responsible for nearly 250,000 jobs in all 50 states, and industry exports represent a major source of revenue for U.S. manufacturers.

The study, "U.S. Agricultural Equipment: Powering Jobs and Dollars," also reports employees working in the agriculture equipment industry are the recipients of a total payroll of $8.53 billion per year.

For more information on the study visit, www.agstudy.aem.org.

Wilbur-Ellis Company acquires Krech Dakota Airspray's retail agronomy business, Huron, SD.

The Huron location will continue as the headquarters for the operations which includes seven retail locations.

Monsanto Company comments it is disappointed that a preliminary injunction will stop the sale of Roundup Ready alfalfa to farmers.

The injunction was issued in a lawsuit currently pending due to a court ruling that the USDA had failed to follow procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act in granting non-regulated status to Roundup Ready alfalfa.

The court accepts the fact that Roundup Ready alfalfa poses no harm to humans and livestock. Other regulatory agencies around the world, including Canada and Japan, have confirmed the environmental safety of Roundup Ready alfalfa.

New Holland North American sales names Troy Price as VP of Sales.

Price most recently was VP of N.A. Sls and Mktg for CNH Capital's agricultural and construction sales and marketing finance operations.

On a interim basis, Lorenzo Sistino will assume the responsibilities of David P. Clarke, former VP of New Holland Agricultural Business in N.A.

MachineryLink, Inc., Kansas City, MO, and Agri-Trend Agrology Ltd., Red Deer, AB, announce they have entered into a co-marketing agreement which gives Canadian farmers access to MachineryLink's harvest equipment cost analysis tools and Managed Lease programs for late model combines.

Agri-Trend's Network of Agri-Coaches and Associates will access MachineryLink's proprietary harvest equipment cost analysis tools, and incorporate them into their clients' business planning process.

BouMatic acquires Strangko A/S, a leading dairy equipment manufacturer with headquarters in Varde, Denmark.

BouMatic has also introduced several new products recently, including two new robust parlor systems and a line of hoof care products to add to its groundbreaking StepMetrix system, which detects early signs of lameness in dairy animals.

DuPont announces its subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. has successfully concluded its patent infringement dispute with Genome and Agricultural Biotechnology (GAAB), LLC, over in-plant protection against soybean cyst nematode.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa in Des Moines issued a consent judgment holding that Pioneer patents 5,491,081; 6,192,967; and 6,538,175 were valid and had been infringed by GAAB.

Testing by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirms the presence of trace levels of genetic material not yet approved for commercialization in Clearfield 131 (CL131) rice seed.

Further distribution or planting of 2005, 2006, or 2007 registered or certified CL131 seed is prohibited.


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