TPPB Election Results

After holding its seventh statewide election, the Texas Peanut Producers Board (TPPB) announced existing directors Scott Koonce, Larry Don Womack, James Martin and Ted Higginbottom were re-elected to the four available seats. Each will serve a six-year term, or until the year 2014. There are 12 board seats on the TPPB; each seat will represent one of the12 peanut-growing regions in Texas and 1/12th of the total peanut production as reported by the Texas Crop Reporting Service. Winning the two seats in voting region one were Koonce of DeLeon and Womack of DeLeon. Winning the seat in voting region two was Martin of Brownfield. Winning the seat in voting region five was Higginbottom of Seminole. The voting period was from December 31, 2007 to January 14, 2008 and the votes were tallied on January 25. The next election will be in the spring of 2010, with four seats up for election.

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.

OTA Recognizes Organic Leaders

Drew and Myra Goodman, founders of Earthbound Farm in San Juan Nautista, Calif., and Ray Fuller, owner and operator of Stormy Mountain Ranch, Inc. in Chelan, Wash., are recipients of 2008 Organic Trade Organization awards.

Selected for the 2008 Organic Leadership Award, the Goodmans were recognized for their business ethics and practices and for the many ways they have given back to the organic business community. To date, they have leveraged over 30,000 acres into organic production and nearly 170 organic farms have been brought under the Earthbound organic label.

Selected for the 2008 Organic Farming Leadership Award, Fuller has a long list of activities demonstrating his commitment to supporting other growers, sharing his knowledge, and increasing the body of research to improve organic growing practices. He started transitioning his orchards to organic in 1985 and currently has 115 acres of apples, pears and cherries in organic production.