Elam Joins Siegers’ Seed Consultant Team

Jim Elam has joined Siegers Seed Company’s team of seed consultants and is available to help commercial growers in Tennessee, Kentucky, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas and Southern Indiana and Illinois. Elam grew up on a dairy farm and has a degree in agriculture from the University of Tennessee at Martin. He has worked in the agriculture industry for over 25 years and is a past president of Tennessee Ag Production Association. His history includes working for Tennessee Farmers Co-op, Henry Farmers Co-op, Terra, and EDEN Bioscience.

Michigan’s Food Bank Recognizes Contributions

Dutchman Orchards, a family-run fruit farm that donates and sells reduced-price fruits to local food banks, has received the Four Seasons Award for long-term support from the Food Bank Council of Michigan. Since 1991, Dutchman Orchards has donated 734,000 pounds of fresh apples and peaches.

The Food Bank Council also recognized Riveridge Produce Marketing with the Golden Harvest Award. Riveridge Produce represents growers throughout Michigan and markets one-third of Michigan’s fresh crops every year. In 2006, Riveridge delivered 426,000 pounds of fresh apples to Michigan food banks through the Michigan Agricultural Surplus System.

Gehl Lends a Loader to Milwaukee Brewers

Gehl Company has loaned a new Gehl 6640E skid-steer loader to the Milwaukee Brewers to assist with their snow removal and general maintenance at Miller Park. The skid loader loaned has a fully enclosed cab with heating and defrosting, and the Gehl PowerView lift arm. Attachments included a 74inch bucket and a 72-inch hydraulic-powered angle broom for cleaning sidewalks and parking lots.

Mexico’s GBM Purchased by Arysta

Arysta LifeScience Corporation has acquired Grupo Bioquímico Mexicano, S.A. de C.V., a Mexican manufacturer and marketer of inputs for the fruit and vegetable market. The purchase includes GBM and its subsidiaries, affiliated real estate and employee service companies, as well as its formulation and manufacturing facilities in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, Mexico.

Doosan Acquires Businesses from Ingersoll Rand

Doosan Infracore has completed the acquisition of the Bobcat, Utility Equipment and Attachments businesses from Ingersoll Rand Company, Ltd.. The three entities will operate as individual businesses of Doosan Infracore International, a U.S.-based subsidiary of Doosan Infracore, and will be known as Bobcat, Doosan Infracore Portable Power (formerly Ingersoll Rand Utility Equipment), and DII Attachments (formerly Ingersoll Rand Attachments). The company now has a combined network of over 3,500 dealers worldwide and 20 manufacturing plants in the U.S., Europe and China.

John Deere Clarifies Position on Biodiesel

Due to the variety of standards that exist in the diesel engine industry and in response to questions from various markets, John Deere Power Systems has clarified its position on the use of biodiesel in its diesel engines. While 5 percent blends (B5) are preferred, biodiesel concentrations up to a 20 percent blend (B20) in petroleum diesel fuel can be used in John Deere engines through Tier 3/Stage III A models, including all non-emissions-certified engines. Biodiesel blends up to B20 can be used only if the biodiesel (100 percent biodiesel or B100) meets ASTM D6751 (U.S.), EN 14214 (EU) or equivalent specification. Biodiesel users are strongly encouraged to purchase biodiesel blends from a BQ-9000 Certified Marketer and to source from a BQ-9000 Accredited Producer, as certified by the National Biodiesel Board. Certified Marketers and Accredited Producers can be found at www.bq-9000.org. John Deere-approved fuel conditioners containing detergent/dispersant additives, such as John Deere Premium Biodiesel Fuel Conditioner, are recommended when using lower biodiesel blends but are required when using B20 blends.

Sakata Aids Watermelon Association

Sakata Seed America, Inc. is in a new promotion of its triploid watermelon variety, Sweet Treasure. For every unit of Sweet Treasure seed sold through July 2008, Sakata will make a donation to the National Watermelon Association.

New Staff at Exosect

Exosect, a provider of IPM solutions, has expanded its QA Logistics team with the appointment of two new members of staff. Tony Ray is the new quality control and assurance manager and his role at Exosect will include the analysis of all product lines to ensure they are correctly formulated and to develop the required validation methods for new formulations. Phil Jeffrey takes on the role of supply chain manager and will look after all aspects of product supply and shipping.

Committee to Enhance Produce Traceability

Representatives of more than 30 companies have been appointed to serve on the steering committee of the Produce Traceability Initiative, an industry-led effort to enhance traceability throughout the supply chain. The initiative was launched in October by the Produce Marketing Association, Canadian Produce Marketing Association, and United Fresh Produce Association. The steering committee will be chaired by Cathy Green, chief operating officer of Food Lion, LLC. The initiative is in recognition of the need for a consistent, whole-chain traceability solution, and the steering committee will develop an action plan to help the industry meet this challenge. Participating companies currently confirmed to serve on the steering committee include seven foodservice buyers (Amerifresh; Applebee’s International; Markon Cooperative, Inc.; McDonald’s; Pro*Act; Sysco Corporation; U.S. Foodservice); nine retail buyers (Food Lion; H-E-B; W. Newell & Co.; The Kroger Co.; Loblaws, Safeway Stores, Inc.; Schnuck Markets, Inc.; Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Wegmans Food Markets); and 17 produce suppliers (Quebec Apple Packers; B.C. Tree Fruits Limited; Ballantine Produce Co., Inc.; C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.; Dole Food Company, Inc.; Domex Superfresh Growers; Driscoll’s; Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Inc.; Fresh Express, Inc.; Fresh Innovations LLC.; Frontera Produce Ltd.; Naturipe Farms LLC.; The Oppenheimer Group; Pandol Brothers, Inc.; Ready Pac Produce; River Ranch Fresh Foods LLC.; and Tanimura and Antle).

MOI Asian Tree Extract for Organic Pesticide

In an agreement signed with JCS, Inc. of Osaka, Japan, Marrone Organic Innovations has obtained the rights to utilize certain JCS patents and toxicology data to develop new pesticides for conventional and organic farmers. The JCS technology obtained by MOI involves a compound for controlling bacteria and molds that is extracted from an Asian tree species. JCS has commercialized products, including hand sanitizers, antibacterial hand towels and antifungal eardrops for dogs and cats, from this patented extract. MOI intends to develop the extract into sprayable products that control various fungal and bacterial diseases of plants as well as products that kill weeds.

New President at Crary Industries

Crary Industries, Inc., a subsidiary of ECHO, Inc., announced that Chuck Crary has stepped down from his role as president to become chairman of the board. Keith Nilson, formerly vice president of operations at Crary, has replaced him.

INCOTEC Appoints New Sales Manager

Integrated Coating and Seed Technology, Inc. has appointed Bradley J. Kortsen as sales and marketing manager. Based in Salinas, Calif., Kortsen will be responsible for the management of all sales and marketing activities in North America. He will have direct sales responsibility for all vegetable seed technology sales with INCOTEC customers in the Western U.S. and Mexico. Fern Larose assumes the position of senior account manager with emphasis on INCOTEC’s business in Eastern U.S. and Canada. Jeff Weber continues to focus on film coat liquid sales in the Midwest.

New Holland Supports Use of Biodiesel

New Holland has announced its support for the use of B100 biodiesel in all equipment with New Holland-manufactured diesel engines, including electronic injection engines with common rail technology. Overall, nearly 80 percent of New Holland-branded products with diesel engines are now available to operate on B100 biodiesel. Other suppliers of diesel engines used in New Holland-branded products have been asked to test and approve higher levels of biodiesel. Only high-quality biodiesel produced to ASTM D6751 standards from a reputable supplier should be used. Details of the models that can run on B100, as well as New Holland’s requirements and recommendations to do so safely, are available from New Holland dealers or at www.newholland.com/na/biodiesel.

ACI Promotes Hanson

Agri-Cover, Inc. has promoted Joy Hanson to marketing manager. Hanson will manage and coordinate all media relations, product literature, and ACI’s Web site. She joined ACI in 2005.

Batcha Joins OTA

The Organic Trade Association has appointed Laura Batcha to the position of director of marketing and public relations. Batcha has been a member of the natural and organic business community for over 15 years, most recently serving in leadership positions at Tom’s of Maine.