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

In both cases, local seed production facilities will remain under current ownership.

Bob Hubner will continue to lead Hubner Seed, and Scott Lewis will lead Lewis Hybrids.

Monsanto announces a three-year, $610 million capital investment for the company's U.S. seed corn production facilities including expansions at nine existing corn production facilities, as well as two new sites in the heart of the Corn Belt.

Also, the company revised projections for future adoption of corn trait technologies by U.S. farmers. The company now estimates that:

Glyphosate-tolerant corn has the potential to be grown on 80 million acres, up from 60 million acres;

Corn borer insect protection has the potential to be grown on 60 to 70 million acres, up from 50 to 60 million acres; and

Rootworm insect protection and triple-trait corn technology now have the potential to be grown on 45 million acres, up from 25 to 30 million acres.

WestfaliaSurge, Inc. announces Bob Bard is its new VP Sls for its Livestock Manure Handling Division, J. Houle & Fils Inc., which it purchased this Spring.

Prior to joining the company 11 years ago, Bard had been with an A.O. Smith Harvestore dealership and with Germania Dairy Automation, Inc.

McCormick International USA, Norcross, GA, enters the compact tractors market with the introduction of the CT Series of four models ranging from 28- to 47-hp.
"These compact tractors offer the most popular features demanded by the rural lifestyle, landscape and estate market," says John Sargeant, VP Mktg and Logistics.

Agriliance LLC purchases Dryacide USA, LLC. The purchase includes manufacturing rights for Dryacide grain protectant, the company's proprietary technology and exclusive distribution rights for Dryacide.

Syngenta Crop Protection announces the launch of the newly registered Force CS soil-applied insecticide and a joint agreement with John Deere that will create a fully integrated insecticide delivery system to apply it.

The Central Insecticide System will be available on John Deere 1790 Planters (30-inch only), 1770 NT CCS Planters with Pro-Series Row Units, and DB 80 and DB 90 CCS Planters with Pro-Series Row Units.

Mark Seed Company, Perry, IA, announces a U.S. patent entitled "Process for controlling Cyst Nematode population in soybeans." Says Mark Terpstra, Cyst Tech inventor/CEO, "The implications of controlling SCN are huge and the first and only of its kind. We truly believe that this technology will revolutionize the soybean industry."

Dow AgroSciences announces EPA has accepted label registration of its new high-load glyphosate named Durango DMA herbicide that features a third-generation glyphosate salt, a patented technology. Its performance is supported by Dow AgroSciences.

Dow AgroSciences also is offering a high-load, DMA glyphosate called Duramax herbicide that includes a product performance service policy.

Cattle-Fax, Denver, CO, announces the return of Mike Miller as COO where he will lead efforts to expand the quantity and quality of data collected from Cattle-Fax members, as well as remodeling the entire Cattle-Fax data collection, benchmarking and reporting systems. Miller will also direct Cattle-Fax's newly created Customized Business Solutions division.

Art's Way Manufacturing purchases the Miller Pro line of forage handling equipment from Miller-St. Nazianz.

Dow AgroSciences will substantially expand its Brazilian corn seed business with the acquisition of Agromen Tecnologia Ltda.

"The expanded seed platform that we are building with both this acquisition and the recent acquisition of assets of the Europe-based corn germplasm provider Maize Technologies International," says Pres/CEO Jerome Peribere, "will enable us to leverage superior Dow and Dow AgroSciences input and output traits in key crops around the world, for both agricultural and industrial uses."

Ron Martin joins Bio-Vet as Product Mgr. He will manage marketing, customer communication, sales promotion, advertising and public relations. He previously has worked for Morgan&Myers, Nelson Schmidt, and the Gehl Company.

Susan Reuter is named Mgr of Design and Comms, a new position. She has been with the company for two years, previously as Sls and Mktg Administrator.

Bayer Animal Health forms an alliance with the University of Kansas School of Business to offer a unique M.B.A. program tailored to the animal health industry.

Once accepted into the program, students would work for Bayer Animal Health as part of a rotational executive development program while pursuing their MBA with the KU School of Business. Upon completion of the program, graduates would have the opportunity to continue working for Bayer Animal Health or pursue their careers elsewhere.

Syngenta acquires Zeraim Gedera Ltd., an Israeli vegetable seeds company focusing on high-value crops, including tomato, pepper and melon.

Syngenta will buy all outstanding shares in the company from Markstone Capital Partners, an Israeli private equity group, for $95 million, subject to closing adjustments. Sales in 2006 were $33 million.

Consumer Federation of America (CFA), Washington, DC, releases a new study that explores the advantage to consumers in expanding the production of liquid fuels like ethanol.

"Big Oil v. Ethanol: The Consumer Stake in Expanding the Production of Liquid Fuels," finds that current record gasoline prices are due to a shortage of refinery capacity, not the price of crude oil and that the oil industry is contesting the growing support for ethanol because ethanol poses a challenge to the oil industry's market dominance.

The CFA report is available at:

DuPont and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) announce a multi-year research collaboration for crop genetics research on yield enhancement and development of enabling technologies in corn, soybeans and other important agricultural crops.

Several teams of researchers from both organizations will make use of extensive genomics data, trait information and germplasm resources from Pioneer in the discovery research collaboration. Pioneer also will have responsibility for bringing innovations and technologies resulting from the collaboration to the marketplace.

Farmergy, St. Louis, MO, a new energy solutions company, opens its doors to offer farmers, ranchers and rural homeowners the tools and expertise to efficiently select and implement innovative energy systems for increased productivity and profitability through clean, environmentally friendly solutions.

CEO is Mark Green who most recently was with Osborn & Barr Communications.

For more information, go to:

ADM enters agreement to acquire the business operations of Fasco Mills Co., Mendota, IL. The acquisition includes 13 grain elevators and rail shipping terminals in Illinois.

Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc., Phoenix, AZ, announces the name NovaSource for its business unit that is developing and marketing EPA registered pesticides for niche crop protection and specialty markets.

Dave Cassidy will lead this team with key support from members Donnie Wadsworth (nat'l & southern accounts), Mike DeRiso (mktg & bus dev), Jerry Krebs (Metam and CA/AZ acc't mgt), Jim Owens (PNW acc't mgt), and Brian Thomassen (regulatory mgt).

Sukup Manufacturing Co. appoints John Hanig as its new Bin Sales Dir, a position previously held by John Kerr III, who passed away earlier this year.

Hanig has been with Sukup Manufacturing Co. since 1974, when he started working in the plant welding stirring machine parts.

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) launches AgraGate ClimateCredits Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary to expand its carbon aggregation program.

Dave Krog, is named CEO. He had been with E-Markets where he was a co-founder and VP R&D.
Dave Miller, formerly IFBF's Dir of Research and Commodity Services is named Chief Science Officer.

Kevin Murphy founds Food-Chain Communications, LLC, an organization to help all food-chain stake-holders communicate effectively. Murphy previously was with Vance Publishing.

Contact information is ph: 816/987-2130; cell: 816/863-8880; e-mail: kmurphy@foodchain

The Context Network is providing a new regulatory compliance service for seed and biotechnology companies.

Leading the service is Paul Corzine who previously served as the trait stewardship as Dir of the Compliance Department/Stewardship Education Coordinator for STEP, Inc., a subsidiary of Monsanto.
More information on Context's Regulatory Compliance service can be obtained by contacting Corzine at 314/791-1065 or

Unity Seeds moves its Agronomy Center and headquarters from Kentland to West Lafayette, IN. Its new mailing address is 3451 Wyndam Way, Suite A, West Lafayette, IN 47906. Ph: 800/338-4558.

Rick Heyde is named the company's Pres/CEO. He succeeds Cathy Standish, who with her husband, Earl, continue as owners of the 16-year-old independent seed company. Heyde came to Unity from Viskase Companies, Inc.

Senesco Technologies Inc. grants the exclusive rights to its proprietary gene technology for use in cotton to Bayer CropScience.

The agreement anticipates that the licensed technology will enable Bayer CropScience to significantly enhance cotton fiber and seed yields in its FiberMax brand on a global basis. In return, Senesco will receive success-bound development milestone and royalty payments upon commercialization.

John Surina joins ABG, an Adayana company, as Sr Bus Dvlm't Mgr. A former USDA Dept'y Ass't Sec'y for Administration, he most recently was with Communications Resource, Inc.

J.T. Metzger joins the firm as Sr Assoc on the Alignment Solutions team. He had been with Deloitte Consulting.
Nancy Yates joins as a Bus Dvlmt Mgr. She most recently was with Agriculture Future of America (AFA).

Syngenta Crop Protection an-nounces the following changes in appointments within the NAFTA marketing groups:

Rex Wichert, formerly AgriEdge Corn Mgr, joins the NAFTA Herbicide team as a Brand Mgr. He assumes marketing responsibilities for a new herbicide in development and will also lead several projects within Herbicides.

Pat Steiner, formerly Brand Mgr in herbicides, is now Mktg Head, Northern Field Crops (NFC) business unit, with additional responsibilities for developing corn agribusiness strategies.

Carroll Moseley, formerly Bus Dvlpt Mgr, assumes the brand manager role vacated by Pat Steiner and will manage the Callisto-brand family, including Lumax, Lexar and new Halex GT.

Steve Klein, formerly Mktg Head for Garst, Syngenta Seeds, joins the Crop Protection NFC team as Soybean Crop Mgr. He will be responsible for developing U.S. marketing strategies for soybeans.

Steve Ligon, formerly business unit head for the Prairie and Mountain (P&M) business unit, takes on a new role as Head Commercial Ops, Corn and Soybeans.

Jim Peters, formerly head of Enhanced Grains, Corn and Soybeans, Seeds, becomes business unit head, P&M, Crop Protection.

At its annual awards ceremony, held in conjunction with the Agricultural Media Summit in Louisville, KY, the American Association of Agricultural Editors' announced the winners of its first-ever MarComm awards.

Winners included: News Release: Bader Rutter/Merial; Advertorial: Charleston Orwig/Pfizer Animal Health; Media/Special Event: Morgan and Myers/Case IH; Media Room Web Content: Charleston Orwig/BASF Plant Science; and Newsletter: Rocky Mountain Mktg Communications/Nat'l FFA;

Judges were McGavock Edwards with the Catevo Group and Bob West with Meister Media Worldwide.

Purdue names Dr. Jay T. Akridge, James and Lois
Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics and Dir of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business, as Interim Vice Provost of Engagement.

He will lead Purdue's efforts to use university resources to address economic development and other issues affecting the state's prosperity and quality of life. He will work directly with Indiana's leaders, the business community and citizens to find ways for Purdue to advance that mission.

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