New Mana Manager in Northern California

Makhteshim Agan of North America, Inc. (MANA) has added Robin Malm to its national sales team as an area business manager. Malm will serve customers in Northern California, from the state’s northern border to Stanislaus County, by providing channel partners, retailers and growers with information and support regarding MANA’s expansive portfolio of crop protection products. Malm began his career in California agriculture as a sales representative with Diamond Shamrock. For the past 27 years, he has held positions with Wilbur-Ellis Company, most recently as a certified pest control advisor and branch manager in Woodland, Calif.

Knutzen Reappointed to Federal Committee

Burlington, Wash., potato grower Roger Knutzen has been reappointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade (ATAC), a committee he has been affiliated with since 1992. Knutzen Farms has grown, packed and shipped red, white, yellow and chipping potatoes in the Skagit Valley for five generations. Knutzen has been active in agricultural concerns for many years, serving in the Farm Bureau, as a soil conservation and drainage district commissioner, and as president of the National Potato Promotion Board. The ATAC committees were established in 1974 when Congress created a private sector advisory committee system to ensure that trade policy and trade negotiation objectives adequately reflect U.S. commercial and economic interests. The committees provide the secretary of agriculture and the U.S. trade representative with information and advice on negotiating objectives, bargaining positions and other matters related to the development, implementation and administration of U.S. agricultural policy.

Chemtura to Distribute Taminco Fungicide

Chemtura Corp. and Taminco, Inc. have announced an agreement to appoint Chemtura as exclusive distributor for Thiram Granuflo within the United States. Thiram Granuflo, a broad spectrum fungicide for plant disease control on peaches and strawberries, is the newest crop protection product added to Chemtura’s portfolio. The fungicide can be applied on peaches from bloom through post-harvest to control brown rot blossom blight and fruit rot, peach leaf curl, rhizopus rot and peach scab. On strawberries, it can be used throughout the crop cycle to control gray mold. It has been used successfully for many years in integrated pest management and resistance management programs on several crops worldwide. As part of the distribution agreement, Taminco will continue to manufacture and supply all Thiram Granuflo, while Chemtura receives trademark rights and existing inventories of the fungicide.

Kioti Partners With AWS for Internet Solutions

Kioti Tractor, the tractor division of Daedong-USA, Inc., has appointed Agricultural Web Services (AWS), a division of Dominion Enterprises, as its exclusive Internet services and solutions provider for its dealer network. AWS provides Web sites and Internet marketing solutions for agricultural equipment dealers and manufacturers. As Kioti’s exclusive Internet solutions partner, AWS will provide the company’s dealers with multi-branded sales sites designed to improve and facilitate communication between dealers and their prospective buyers.‡Each participating dealer will also receive an exclusive Kioti-branded showcase. The sales sites and showcases will offer improved opportunities to convert Web site traffic into sales, track leads, gauge growth and monitor sales.‡

New Vice President at Gehl

William Gehl, chairman and chief executive officer of Gehl Co., has appointed Ed Delaporte to the position of vice president, information technology. Delaporte previously held positions with Woods Equipment Co., Frantz Mfg., Caremark and Electrolux Home Care Products North America.