DuPont Crop Protection announces changes in the North America organization that will enable the business unit to better serve customers in the U.S.
Dennis Crass becomes Natl Sls Mgr with responsibility for all U.S. sales.
Peter Ford becomes Natl Accts Mgr with responsibility for managing key accounts, reporting to Crass.
Phillip Hathcock becomes U.S. Mktg Mgr to implement strategies in this functional area.
Daniel Clark becomes North America Strategic Planning and Bus Development Mgr assuming responsibility for the overall planning function.
QuickFarm, Charleston, SC, names Matt Walsh Pres/CEO. Walsh previously served as VP - Sls and Operations for the company. He replaces Steve Hall, who is stepping down but will remain on the company's board of directors.
QuickFarm is an online provider of Web-based services, technologies and agricultural news. Through branded Web applications, QuickFarm supplies commodity information and industry content to agri-businesses, such as grain elevators, cooperatives, feed yards and mills, cotton gins and other agricultural commodity trading points and their producer-customers.
United Phosphorous Limited (UPL), announce that UPL purchased certain crop protection products from Bayer CropScience. The respective sale and purchase agreements were signed on August 2006. The combined purchase prices total $43.5 million (EUR) in-cluding inventories.
The purchase includes the systemic carbamate herbicidal active ingredient Asulam (brand names Asulox and Asilan) and two insecticidal products. Bayer CropScience has retained certain rights related to non-agricultural uses in strategic markets.
Headquartered in India, UPL is that country's largest Indian agrochemical company and among the top five generic players globally in this industry.
CNH names Michel Lecomte as Pres of Parts and Svcs for the whole of CNH. He had been the company's CFO.
Randal Wayne Baker, the Sr VP for Logistics and Supply Chain is appointed Pres of the Case IH brand. He will retain his previous Logistics and Supply Chain responsibilities.
Krista Knigge is named as Dir - Global Brand Comms. Knigge is responsible for developing and implementing global brand initiatives and campaigns to strengthen the Case IH brand. She also monitors and controls brand comms.
Knigge previously worked for Deere and Co in various agricultural sales, marketing, and business development positions.
Elizabeth Hund is named to head U.S. Bank's Food and Agribusiness Division. She will be based in Denver and will oversee food and agri-business lending for U.S. Bank in its 24-state market area.
Hund, who has more than 25 years of agribusiness lending experience, most recently worked for Rabobank Int'l in San Francisco, CA. Before that she worked for CoBank, Nat'l Bank for Cooperatives, and Coleman Natural Meats. Prior to that, she worked at Colorado Nat'l Bank, which has since been acquired by U.S. Bank.
JCB names Matthew Taylor its first COO. In addition to COO, Taylor will also continue to serve as Managing Dir, JCB sales.
Graeme Macdonald will head up JCB's North and South American operations in his new role as Pres, JCB Inc - The Americas, based in Savannah, GA.
Taylor and Macdonald will report to John Patterson, Managing Dir and CEO. Patterson, who will also become Chmn, will now devote more time to developing the group's strategy in the Americas and Asia.
The changes are effective January 1, 2007.
Paul Hammes is named VP/GM of agricultural products at Union Pacific Railroad. He previously was Asst VP of grain products.
AMVAC Chemical Corp., names Bill O'Neal as technical product mgr for IMPACT postemergence corn herbicide.
O'Neal's background includes herbicide technical management and commercial development posts for BASF Corp., Sandoz Crop Protection Corp. and Velsicol Chemical Corp., where he helped shepherd development of several key herbicides in the corn market.
DuPont and Bunge announce the expansion of the companies' soy collaboration beyond food and nutrition products to include industrial applications, biofuels and other opportunities. "Over the three years of our collaboration, we have seen the interest in biofuel, industrial and feed sectors expand exponentially. We are making strides to bring products to market to meet the growing demand," said Erik Fyrwald, Group VP - DuPont Agriculture & Nutrition.
To reflect the broader collaboration, DuPont and Bunge are launching TREUS, the new brand name for the industry-leading family of soy products developed by the partnership that deliver enhanced nutrition, sustainability and functionality.
Low linolenic soybean oil produced from Pioneer brand soybean varieties, and previously marketed as NUTRIUM Low Linolenic Soybean Oil, will now be marketed as TREUS Low Linolenic Soybean Oil.
Joy Johnson joins the National Pork Board as VP Mktg. She most recently served as VP of Mktg Strategies for Osborn and Barr Communications.
Johnson's responsibilities will be focused on domestic marketing. She will manage the National Pork Board demand enhancement staff, which promotes pork to a wide variety of audiences through market and consumer trend research, the "Don't be blah" campaign, the work of the Pork Information Bureau and activities in the retail, food service, niche and culinary markets.
Citing possible harm to Hawaii's 329 endangered and threatened species, a federal district judge has ruled that USDA violated the Endangered Species Act in permitting the cultivation of biotech crops throughout Hawaii, and the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to conduct preliminary investigations prior to approval of the plantings.
The decision represents the first federal court ruling ever on "biopharming," the practice of genetically altering food crops to produce experimental drugs and industrial compounds.
The four USDA issued permits primarily at issue in the case authorized Monsanto, ProdiGene, Garst Seed Co. and the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center to plant more than 800 acres (1.25 square miles) of drug-producing corn and sugarcane at various sites in Kauai, Oahu, Molokai and Maui from 2001-2003. Plaintiffs also have challenged USDA's practice of concealing the locations of trials from the public. Judge J. Michael Seabright ordered the parties to appear in court to discuss remedies for the government's violations.
Lydia Botham is named Exec Dir of the Land O'Lakes (LOL) Foundation, the charitable arm of LOL. She replaces Bonnie Bassett, who is retiring after 10 years at the helm of the organization.
She was most recently a Comms Dir within LOL
Public Affairs department. Prior to that, Botham was Dir of LOL Test Kitchens and Consumer Affairs department.
Botham's new responsibilities include managing LOL Foundation's charitable giving, which is 2% of the company's annual pretax earnings. She also will lead the company's community relations efforts, oversee its food donations and coordinate its annual United Way campaigns and will continue to lead media and public relations. AM