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Incotec Announces Significant Investments in North American Field Crops Business
Incotec, part of Croda International, announces two significant investments in its North American business; the relocation of its film coat DISCO production from Oxford, Indiana, to Croda’s manufacturing facility in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania, in the summer of 2017 and the opening of an Innovation Centre in the Des Moines, Iowa, area in early 2018. North America is the largest market for seed enhancement in field crops and is projected to grow. The main crops are corn, soybeans, sunflower, rice, wheat, cotton, canola and cereals.

Aquatrols Promotes Matt Foster to President and CEO
Aquatrols has promoted Matt Foster from Chief Operating Officer to President and CEO. Foster holds ultimate responsibility for company performance in product development and manufacturing, marketing, sales, human resources, operations and logistics, financial management and other business functions. His new role follows a transition period during which longtime President Tracy Jarman and Director of Sales Andy Moore have been shifting from operational duties to help guide strategy as Directors on Aquatrols’ Executive Board.

Siegers Seed Company Announces New Salesman for Plant City, Florida
Siegers Seed Company announced the appointment of Josh Young as the new seed consultant in Plant City, Florida and surrounding areas. He will provide his agricultural expertise to their current and new Siegers Seed Company customers.

Fast Company Singles Out Forager for Regional Innovation with a National Impact
Forager announced that it has been recognized by Fast Company magazine for its entrepreneurial leadership within the state of Maine. Forager is highlighted in a May feature as A Pipeline For Local Food. The publication features Forager as part of its “United States of Innovation” issue that calls out one promising project, initiative, and business in each state with the potential to have a national impact.

The Seam Further Expands Agriculture Software Ecosystem with Peanut Partnership
The Seam announced a new multi-year agreement with a major peanut shelling organization for its growing commodity management platform. The Seam’s platform is designed with foundational technology, including document digitization, real-time data for decision-making and embedded integration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), EWR, Inc., and Georgia Federal-State Inspection Service, among others. The platform is being further extended for sales and shelled goods, for which industry collaboration workshops will begin in the coming weeks.

Northern NY Research Highlights System Efficiency for Popular Cherry Tomatoes
The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has announced the results of vegetable research providing market growers with an unexpected insight into the production challenges associated with the increasingly popular cherry-type tomatoes. The project report, which includes data on labor efficiency, weed control, and brown leaf mold susceptibility, is posted onlineThe Northern NY trial evaluated and compared the labor, efficiency, and yield of three different tomato training systems: an intensively pruned single leader, a standard double leader, and a less intensively pruned four-leader system.