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Names in the News: March 2020Names in the News: March 2020

A roundup of new employees and appointments in the agribusiness industry.

February 28, 2020

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Names in the News: March 2020
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ACCRAPLY, Minneapolis, Minn. — Justin Stovall has been appointed vice president of sales. Stovall will oversee all global sales and business development activities. He was most recently director of sales for BW Flexible Systems within the Barry-Wehmiller group of companies.


ADVANCED AGRILYTICS, Huntington, Ind. — Kay Kuenker has been appointed chief executive officer. Kuenker was previously with Cibus.


AGRISEL USA, Atlanta, Ga. — Bob Forreider has joined the company as sales representative for the southern U.S. territory. Forreider will be responsible for promoting and selling company products in the turf and ornamental, pest control, agricultural and specialty markets throughout Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and northern Georgia.

Bobby Hopkins has joined the company as sales representative for Florida, southern Georgia, southern Alabama and Texas. Hopkins will be responsible for driving territory sales and expanding market penetration of company products in the turf and ornamental, greenhouse, horticultural, agricultural and specialty crop markets.


AMERICAN GELBVIEH ASSN., Lincoln, Neb. — Barb Standage has joined the association as office operations coordinator. Standage will organize and process accounts payable and accounts receivable; assist members and stakeholders with the online registry, including data input and DNA test ordering, and assist the executive director in administrative tasks.


ARM & HAMMER ANIMAL & FOOD PRODUCTION, Princeton, N.J. — Brian Branson has joined the company as poultry productivity specialist. Branson will work with account managers to bring solutions to poultry customers. He was previously with the Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative.

Mark Mahaffey has joined the company as national account manager. Mahaffey will work with key accounts to provide support and service to customers. He was previously with Ceva.


BIOZYME INC., St. Joseph, Mo. — Meghan Bochanski has joined the company as area sales manager representing Nebraska. Bochanski will work to develop new dealerships and build upon current dealer and customer relations while promoting company brands. She was previously with Animal Health International.


CAMBRIDGE TECHNOLOGIES, Worthington, Minn. — Dr. Mark Weaver has joined the company as chief executive officer. Weaver was previously with Newsham Choice Genetics.


CENTRAL LIFE SCIENCES, Schaumburg, Ill. — Gary Felger has joined the company as regional sales manager for the livestock feed additives team within the professional agriculture group. Felger will support customers' fly control efforts affecting the health and well-being of cattle and will oversee accounts throughout the Midwest region. He was previously with Neogen.


CMS SOLUTIONS & LOGISTICS, Gainesville, Ga. — Curtis Poindexter has been named regional sales manager. Poindexter will focus on customers from North Carolina up through the northeast to Maine.


CONNECT ONFARM, Swift Current, Sask. — Craig Garand has been appointed general manager. Garand will lead the team boosting activity through the three Canadian prairie provinces and Montana. He was previously with East-Man Feeds.


CSA ANIMAL NUTRITION, Dayton, Ohio — Dr. Kevin Roberson has joined the company as poultry nutritionist. Roberson will provide nutrition consulting services and technical support for poultry customers and will assist in establishing relationships with new clients. He was previously with Michael Foods.


FAST GENETICS, Saskatoon, Sask. — Laura Bachmeier has been named account manager. Bachmeier will be responsible for maintaining current business and developing new relationships with key producers and will be based in the Kansas City area.


INTERNATIONAL DAIRY FOODS ASSN., Washington, D.C. — Dr. Joseph Scimeca has been named senior vice president, regulatory and scientific affairs. Scimeca will provide strategic regulatory and scientific affairs leadership for the dairy industry. He was previously with Cargill Inc.


IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, Ames, Iowa — John Crespi has been named director of the Center for Agricultural & Rural Development. Crespi has been serving as interim director of the center.


KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, Manhattan, Kan. — Dan Moser has been selected as associate dean for academic programs for the College of Agriculture, effective April 6. Moser was previously with Angus Genetics Inc.


KINCANNON & REED, Waynesboro, Va. — Kelly Griffin has joined the firm as vice president of search delivery. Griffin will lead the global team of industry-focused research professionals. She was previously with Spencer Stuart.


MS BIOTEC LLC, Wamego, Kan. — David Christian has joined the company as corporate accounts manager. Christian will be responsible for supporting large cattle feeding organizations and helping them improve their operations through the use of Lactipro products.

Tina Greiman has joined the company as marketing director. Greiman will be responsible for all marketing activities and strategies for Lactipro and new microbial product launches. She was previously with KG MarketSense.

Clay McKesson has joined the company as regional sales director in Texas. McKesson will be responsible for supporting feedlots and helping them improve their operations through the use of Lactipro products. He was previously with Bayer Animal Health.


PEOPLES CO., Clive, Iowa — Michael Lauher has joined the company as national director of appraisal and land management. Lauher will oversee the buildout of the company's land management, operations and valuation platforms in new markets and implementation of sustainability standards on land under management. He also will manage the expansion of the real-time intelligence technology. He was previously with Hancock Farmland Services.


PURDUE UNIVERSITY, West Lafayette, Ind. — W. Scott Downey has been named director of the Center for Food & Agricultural Business. Downey will provide strategic direction for the center, teach in center seminars and workshops and interact with food and agribusiness industry professionals. He most recently served as the center's associate director and coordinator of undergraduate education in the department of agricultural economics.


QUALITY TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, Elgin, Ill. — Joseph "Joey" Coor has been appointed regional sales and marketing manager—turkeys on the Poultry Team. Coor will focus on supporting key products and the marketing activities dedicated to the company's support of the turkey industry.


RABO AGRIFINANCE, St. Louis, Mo. — Greg Hoover has joined the firm as general manager of input finance. Hoover will lead future growth of the input finance business. He was previously with John Deere Financial.


ROYAL PAS REFORM, Zeddam, Netherlands — Dr. Marleen Boerjan has retired as director of the Pas Reform Academy.


SELECT SIRES, Plain City, Ohio — Keith Gibson has been named dairy development data manager. Gibson will be responsible for genomic testing functions and directives regarding the Genetic Data Partner program and the Program for Genetic Advancement and will provide staff leadership. He also will work with breed associations and the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding to resolve parentage and other DNA testing challenges. He was most recently genetic testing administrator.


SQUARE B RANCH & CATTLE CO. and B3 GENETIX, Warsaw, Mo. — Jon Janssen has joined the companies as director of genetics marketing. Janssen will oversee the marketing efforts of Square B Ranch semen and bull sales and will develop its network of distributors and sales representatives as well as support sire procurement efforts, and he will fill spaces at the new B3 Genetix beef genetics company and its custom semen collection center located on Square B Ranch. He was previously with Genex Cooperative Inc.

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