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Merial announces that Jose Barella will succeed Jerry Belle as Executive Chmn, who has retired.

Barella has been serving Merial as COO since 2005. Before joining Merial, he was the Head of Aventis Environmental Science (AES), where he managed the integration of all Rhône-Poulenc and AgroEvo assets to form AES, part of Aventis CropScience. Before that, he was Commercial Mgr for Rhône-Poulenc Agriculture, Ltd., for the UK and Ireland, and Global Product Mgr for a variety of Rhône-Poulenc agricultural products.

Eli Lilly and Company announces it has signed an agreement to acquire Ivy Animal Health, Inc., Overland Park, KS, and will become an operating unit of Lilly's Elanco Animal Health Division.

Richard Shuler will continue to serve as Pres of Ivy Animal Health.

Syngenta announces Mike Mack will become its CEO following the retirement of Michael Pragnell at the end of 2007. Mack is currently COO of the company's Syngenta Seeds unit and joined the company in 2002. He was previously Pres Worldwide Paper Division at Imerys SA following senior appointments at English China Clays and Mead Corp.

Nutreco Holding N.V., The Netherlands, announces it has signed an agreement to acquire Canada's leading animal nutrition business from Maple Leaf Foods Inc. The purchase price for this acquisition is CAD 500 million (EUR 330 million) and it includes the Shur-Gain brand in eastern Canada and Landmark brand in western Canada.

Tractor Supply Co. promotes Stan Ruta to Exec VP, Operations; Jerry Brase to Exec VP, Merchandising; Tony Crudele to Exec VP/CFO, Blake Fohl to Sr VP, Mktg; and Kim Vella to Sr VP, HR.

Also, the company is named "Retail Partner of the Year" by Home Channel news, a hardware trade publication.

Agrium Inc. announces it is expanding its retail operations into the southern U.S. Plains through the acquisition of 32 retail outlets (18 farm centers and 14 satellites), from Archer Daniels Midland (ADM). The retail outlets located in Kansas and Oklahoma, and have annual crop input revenues of approximately $60 million.

Under the agreement, Agrium will acquire the fixed retail storage and distribution assets and enter into an agreement for associated long-term leases for land. ADM will continue to own and manage the grain assets at these locations.

Greg Vincent has been named editor of Tpo Producer magazine. Previously, he had been with Rhea & Kaiser, Assoc Publisher of Dealer & Applicator magazine, as well as other ag communications-related jobs.

Charles Johnson has joined the editorial team of the magazine as National Editor, and Linda Smith has been promoted to serve as Exec Editor of the magazine. Johnson most recently served as a contributing editor for two John Deere publications, The Furrow and Homestead.

The Office of Open Learning and the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) announces it will offer a diploma in ag communications. The 18-month, five-course program consists of online distance learning components. The classes will be amplified by three on-campus sessions, each approximately one-week long.

For more information or to enroll, contact Owen Roberts, 519/824-4120, ext. 58278,

Dow AgroSciences names Matt Benson as North America Market Sell and U.S. Business Services Leader following the retirement of Jack Mitenbuler. He joined the company in 1982 and will manage its marketing research, marketing communications, and will continue to lead marketing and sales training for the company.

Lawrence (Sonny) Beck, Pres/CEO of Beck's Superior Hybrids, Inc., is awarded a Doctor of Agriculture Award from Purdue University. In presenting the award, Purdue stated that Beck has distinguished himself as a businessman and a philanthropist while building Beck's Superior Hybrids into the largest family-owned, independent retail seed company in the U.S.

KMG Chemicals, Inc. announces Neal Butler, Pres/COO, has been promoted to CEO, taking over for David Hatcher who has resigned as CEO, but will remain Chmn of the Board and continue to be actively involved in the company.

Butler joined KMG Chemicals in 2004 as COO, was promoted to Pres in 2005, and appointed a Dir in February 2007. He will retain these positions in addition to serving as CEO.

Before joining KMG, Butler was Pres/CEO of Naturize BioSciences and has held various senior management positions with Zeneca Agrochemicals and ISK Biosciences. He began his career with Diamond Shamrock.

Paige Bauer joins KFRM, Clay Center, KS, as a member of its sales staff. She is a graduate of Kansas State University and most recently taught high school in Scott City, KS.

She is the daughter of NAMA Executive Committee member Kyle Bauer.

Hubner Seed, West Lebanon, IN, and Lewis Hybrids, Ursa, IL, announce they will sell their seed sales and marketing businesses to American Seeds Inc, a Monsanto business unit..

Bob Hubner will lead Hubner Seed and Scott Lewis will lead Lewis Hybrids.

Monsanto announces it has completed its acquisition of Delta and Pine Land Company (D&PL) for approximately $1.5 billion. Kevin Eblen has been named business Lead for the unit.

"Monsanto's entire Southern business will be known as Delta and Pine Land," he says, "and will include D&PL brands of cotton and soybeans, as well as Monsanto's DEKALB corn, Asgrow soybeans and Roundup brand agricultural herbicides. The Delta and Pine Land business will support Monsanto's seed, biotechnology and chemistry products.

"At the same time, we will continue our commitment to broadly license Monsanto seed and trait technologies to our industry partners," Eblen says.

Before the acquisition could occur, the U.S. Department of Justice required Monsanto and D&PL to divest itself of some of their cottonseed assets.

As part of that divestiture, Bayer CropScience has acquired the Stoneville Pedigreed Seed Company from Monsanto Company for $310 million.

"We are very pleased with the purchase of this outstanding cotton business, and we welcome Stoneville employees to the Bayer CropScience family," said Mike Gilbert, global head of Bayer CropScience's cottonseed business.

Also, Americot, Inc., Lubbock, TX, has acquired the NexGen brand of cottonseed as well as specific D&PL germplasm. The germplasm assets include the germplasm Monsanto had in its pipeline for the NexGen brand as well as certain germplasm from Delta and Pine Land.

Terry Campbell, GM for Americot, says, "The germplasm divested from D&PL will be used to develop new cotton products under the Americot brand for the Midsouth, Southeast and the Southwest regions. This germplasm will complement our Americot cotton portfolio that includes the widely adapted AM 1532 B2RF, which is a Bollgard II/Roundup Ready variety.

Allen Edward Campbell, 73, died at his home in the Monterey, CA, area.

He began his professional sales career with the Chicago Daily News. He also worked for Ojibwa Press, Miller Publishing, Thompson & Assoc., and Successful Farming. Campbell joined Bock and Associates in 1979, retiring as VP/Reg'l Mgr in October 1997.

He and his wife, June, then moved to Carmel where he continued his joy in gardening and developed a love of golf. He is survived by his wife, two children and three grandchildren.

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