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GreenLeaf Announces David Treinen as New Leader
GreenLeaf Announces David Treinen as new leader.
David Treinen will take over as the Head of GreenLeaf, effective in June.

David has more than 25 years of agriculture experience in sales, marketing, and business management.   He is a well known to Independent Seed Companies from his past roles at Pioneer and as Head of Agventure, as a PROaccess company.

Recently, David served with Pinnacle Agriculture Holding as Northern Seed Manager. 
He replaces Ron Wulfkuhle, who served with GreenLeaf for over a decade.

David will be responsible for growing GreenLeaf Genetics, overseeing its operations with respect to marketing and execution of sales. He will design and implement the long-term growth plan, 5-year plan, and strategy to deliver on the operational excellence model and structure of the GreenLeaf Genetics organization to maximize strategic relationships.

KAIIMA AND BECK'S COLLABORATE TO IMPROVE HYBRID CORN YIELDS


Kaiima Bio-Agritech Ltd., a genetics and breeding technology company, and Beck's have agreed to evaluate the integration of Kaiima's non-GM, EP technology platform, into Beck's proprietary corn breeding program. This new collaboration follows a recently completed three-year project that assessed the EP technology's efficacy in Beck's elite corn germplasm.
"In three years of extensive trials throughout the Corn Belt, Kaiima's EP technology has proven its ability to create genomic changes resulting in higher yielding hybrids," says Rick Greubel, Kaiima CEO. "We are excited to expand our partnership and to bring these benefits to Beck's fast growing portfolio of hybrids."

Developed by Kaiima, the EP technology is a breeding tool that enhances plant performance by inducing novel diversity within the genome, using the plant's own DNA. Kaiima's U.S. research team located in St. Louis, Missouri, and Beck's breeding team will begin activities in the spring of 2017. The project will capitalize on proven EP yield performance enhancements to provide Beck's customers with high yielding corn hybrids.

"The creation of new genetic diversity within corn is important to everyone throughout the value chain," says Curtis Wiltse, Beck's research manager. "We're excited to continue evaluating Kaiima's EP technology within our proprietary corn breeding program, giving our corn breeders the opportunity to find higher-yielding genetics faster."

The EP technology works with all major crops and plant species. Kaiima collaborates with seed companies to apply the EP technology to their elite germplasm. According to Kaiima, benefits include increased yield, improved tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses, as well as reduced product development timelines.

 

BOB WYFFELS RECOGNIZED FOR LEADERSHIP, ACHIEVEMENT



The University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) recently presented Robert "Bob" Wyffels with an Award of Merit - the highest alumni honor awarded by the college.
Recipients are chosen for their outstanding lifetime professional achievement, exemplary leadership and service in professional and community organizations to enhance and improve the lives of others.

Wyffels, co-owner and vice president of production for Wyffels Hybrids, is an innovator in seed production committed to providing only the best products and highest quality seed to his customers.

"Under Bob's leadership, the company earned an outstanding reputation for seed quality, plantability and germination standards," said Mitch Heisler, Wyffels marketing manager. "Bob has been the driving force behind this reputation, and he and his team take great pride in finding new ways to improve processes to make sure Wyffels Hybrids delivers the best product possible to our customers."
Along with his brother William, and members of the family's third generation, he has helped make Wyffels Hybrids one of the Corn Belt's fastest growing seed companies.
Wyffels has served the seed industry in many ways as a member of the American Seed Trade Association and Illinois Seed Trade Association. He has also served his community on the Geneseo Park Board, Henry County Extension Board and Henry County 4-H Board.

Along with Wyffels, the college also honored four other individuals with the Award of Merit. They are: John McNamara, emeritus professor, Washington State University and consultant for McNamara Research in Agriculture; Keith Parr, partner, Locke Lord, LLP; Leon Corzine, president, LPC Farms, Inc.; and Robert Easter, president emeritus University of Illinois and emeritus professor.

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AGRELIANT GENETICS ANNOUNCES GROWTH STRATEGY TO BEGIN IN SUMMER 2018
AgReliant Genetics, the third largest corn seed company in North America, has announced an exciting growth initiative that will unite its regional brands into a new LG Seeds brand. This will combine the best practices of each brand while maintaining its current employees, facilities and existing relationships. In the summer of 2018, Golden Acres Genetics, Great Lakes Hybrids, Producers Hybrids and Wensman Seed will transition to the new LG Seeds.

AgReliant Genetics brands, AgriGold in the United States and PRIDE Seeds in Canada, will continue their respective strategies.

"The adoption of new technologies, the speed of innovation and farmers' growing demand for instant access to information are shifting how we do business," said Mark Herrmann, AgReliant Genetics President & CEO. "For this reason, we are committed to a strategic long-range plan that will extend our continuous growth and position us to better serve farm businesses and seed dealers in this dynamic environment."

AgReliant Genetics is taking this initiative to support and grow its position as the third largest corn seed company in North America while maintaining its local relationships with farmers and seed dealers

INCOTEC INVESTS IN NORTH AMERICAN FIELD CROPS


This week, INCOTEC announced it will relocate its film coat DISCO production from Oxford, Indiana, to Mill Hall, Pennsylvania - home of INCOTEC's parent company, Croda International. Additionally, it will open an Innovation Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

North America is the largest market for seed enhancement in field crops and is projects to grow, according to a company news release. INCOTEC believes these investments put the company closer to the customer for better support.

The relations to Mill Hill is expected this summer. The Croda manufacturing facility at this site has all the necessary infrastructure to accommodate the production of film coat liquids, such as a skilled workforce, laboratories and logistics. Future capacity increase can also be accommodated.

The new Innovation Center will be dedicated to providing innovative products and solutions tailored to market needs. Housing research and development and commercial functions, the new location will allow INCOTEC to improve its customer experience and to better present proof of concept products in a professional environment. Other location benefits include timely technical support for customers, increased production efficiency and capacity, and the availability of top ag technology research and development talent.

In 2018, INCOTEC intends to also move its Pollinator Plus program from Oxford to DesMoines. Pollinator Plus is a method of synchronizing the flowering period of male and female plants, leading to the optimal production of hybrid corn seed.

AGRIPULSE: BAYER AGREES TO SELL LIBERTY HERBICIDE AND LIBERTY LINK TRAIT TECHNOLOGY


WASHINGTON, May 8, 2017 - In order to win antitrust approval for its $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto, Bayer said today that it has agreed to sell its Liberty branded agro-chemicals and Liberty Link trait technology.

The announcement comes after South Africa's Competition Commission weighed in over the weekend, asking for about $2.5 billion in asset sales.

"Bayer has agreed to these conditions and is evaluating how best to execute the imposed divestiture," the German group said in its statement.

While South Africa is a relatively small market for the two global agribusinesses, the move marks the first time Bayer publicly acknowledged it has to sell the Liberty brands and traits, which compete with Monsanto's Roundup and Roundup Ready seeds. The announcement also comes before other large countries have made statements about the potential for required divestitures.

The planned divestitures are expected to be required by anti-trust regulators in larger markets, such as the United States and the European Union, where an application for approval has yet to be made. But at this time, neither has made a formal request.

"Bayer will continue working with regulators globally with a view to receiving approval of the proposed transaction by the end of 2017," the company said in a statement.

At the company's annual shareholder meeting in late April, CEO Werner Bauman said that "through the transaction, we intend to create substantial additional value in the long term."

In terms of business, 2016 was another record year for Bayer, Baumann noted, adding that "both sales and adjusted EBITDA were higher than ever before."
"The market environment for the agriculture business (Crop Science) remained weak last year, primarily in Latin America," the company noted in a  release on its corporate web site. "Sales nonetheless held steady year on year at 9.9 billion Euros. The decline in Latin America was compensated for by gains in the other regions. Sales of the Animal Health business advanced by 4.8 percent to 1.5 billion Euros.

UPDATED: At 6:30 am, this story was updated and corrected to note that the Competition Commission of South Africa would require the divestiture of Bayer's global Liberty Link Trait Technology, not the seeds business.

LEGACY SEEDS ANNOUNCES NEW CFO, SALES MANAGER


Legacy Seeds is welcoming two new members to their team.

Greg Williams is now the new chief financial officer (CFO) at Legacy Seeds.

Williams received his BBA in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a double major in accounting and finance. After college, Williams received his certified public accountant and certified managerial accountant certificates.

Williams' previous work experience includes being director of finance at Associated Banc-Corp, where he held several vice president roles in accounting and finance. Furthermore, Williams was a senior tax accountant at Grant Thorton LLP.

"Greg brings years of financial and accounting experience to Legacy Seeds as our new CFO, and we look forward to his financial leadership to enable Legacy Seeds to reach its goal. In addition, Greg has a strong personal and professional moral that makes him a great fit to the culture of Legacy Seeds,'' says Bruce Ceranske, president of Legacy Seeds.

Williams and his family reside in Greenville, Wisconsin. Williams will work in the Scandinavia, Wisconsin office.

Legacy Seeds also announced the appointment of Loren Jesch as a new sales manager and coach.

Jesch received his BS degree from North Dakota State University in crop and weed science.  After college, Jesch served his country in Iraq as a member of the North Dakota National Guard.

Prior to joining Legacy Seeds, Jesch held various positions in seed and agronomy in North Dakota and Wisconsin where he has a proven track record of achieving goals through a relentless work ethic. Jesch brings exceptional integrity to the organization that has been the foundation of our culture.

"Loren has been a proven leader as a Legacy Seeds district sales manager in Northwest Wisconsin for the past five years. He brings superior skills to the sales management position and we look forward to great things to come," says Ceranske.

Jesch, and his family will be relocating to the Stevens Point, Wisconsin area soon. Loren will also work in the office in Scandinavia, Wisconsin

SEED WORLD: MONSANTO'S PRECISION PLANTING ABORTS ACQUISITION BY DEERE

Today (May 1), Monsanto canceled the agreement with Deere & Company to acquire the Precision Planting business.

"We are deeply disappointed in this outcome as we remain confident the acquisition would have benefited customers," says John May, Deere president of the Agricultural Solutions  division and chief information officer.

First announced in November 2015, the transaction closing continued to be delayed due to concerns expressed by the U.S. Department of Justice.
In 2016, the Department of Justice brought legal action in an attempt to block the transaction. Deere and Monsanto were prepared to present their case for approval of the acquisition later this year.

According to Monsanto, Climate Corporation made the strategic decision nearly 18 months ago to focus its business exclusively on its digital agriculture platform, and that strategy has not changed. The company reports that it intends to sell the Precision Planting equipment business and has spoken with several third parties that have expressed interest in purchasing it.

Two agreements related to Deere's purchase of Precision Planting will also be terminated, including the digital collaboration agreement between Deere and The Climate Corporation. Monsanto reports the termination of this agreement will have no impact on existing Climate FieldView customers who currently use John Deere's Wireless Data Server technology to stream data into their account. The other termination is an agreement that would have allowed Ag Leader to expand access to and distribution of certain Precision Planting products and technologies.
Having sold more than 10,000 Field View Drive devices that stream real-time data from planters, sprayers and combines, Monsanto reports Climate FieldView will retain connectivity with Precision Planting's 20/20 SeedSense monitor.
May says Deere remains focused on enabling customers to efficiently leverage their data to drive better decisions on their farms through the John Deere Operations Center, which includes nearly 75 connected software tools with the total continuing to increase.

EPA APPROVES NEMASTRIKE TECHNOLOGY


Monsanto Company aannounced today (May 1) that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued registration for tioxazafen, which is branded as NemaStrike Technology. According to Monsanto, this means farmers will have access to increased nematode control in 2018, pending state approvals.

NemaStrike Technology is a nematicide that will be offered as part of the Acceleron Seed Applied Solutions. It offers a novel mode of action that stays in the root zone where nematodes attack. NemaStrike Technology will provide broad-spectrum control of plant parasitic nematodes and consistent yield protection performance in corn, soybeans and cotton.

During the past three years in product development field trials, Monsanto reports that NemaStrike Technology provided a yield protection performance advantage over the competitive standard of 7 bushels per acre with a 73 percent positive response rate in corn, 3 bushels per acre with a 68 percent positive response rate in soybeans, and 80 lbs. lint per acre with an 86 percent positive response rate in cotton (results varied based on nematode pressure in each field).

"Nematodes are a real concern, and farmers may be significantly underestimating the damage nematodes are causing to their crops," says Jared Thomas, Monsanto North America seed applied solutions portfolio manager.

Plant parasitic nematodes are microscopic roundworms in the soil that steal corn, soybean, and cotton yields by feeding on plant roots, facilitating bacterial and fungal infections, and spreading viruses. Nematode damage is often mistaken as other issues in the field, so growers do not always recognize they have a problem.

EPA reports that plant parasitic nematodes cause an estimated 14 percent loss in agriculture production worldwide, with $80-100 billion worth of crop losses every year globally.

"This blockbuster technology will be a game-changing addition to our seed applied solutions portfolio by providing a novel solution to a yield robbing pest," says Brett Begemann, Monsanto president and chief operating officer. "We work to provide farmers with highly effective and easy-to-use management tools to protect the health and potential of their crops. In 2018, NemaStrike Technology will provide breakthrough yield protection technology to farmers across the United States."


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Todd L. Martin, CEO
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