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Names in the News: April 2019

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

To submit an announcement for Names in the News, please email it to Kristin Bakker at kristin.bakker@farmprogress.com.


AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION, Washington, D.C. — Paul Schlegel has been promoted to vice president, public affairs. Schlegel will oversee the Public Policy, Economics, Communications and Advocacy & Political Affairs teams. He was most recently managing director, public policy.


AMERICAN FEED INDUSTRY ASSN., Arlington, Va. — John Stewart has been named director of membership and stakeholder engagement, effective in early May. Stewart will be responsible for prospecting, attaining, retaining and servicing member companies. He will continue to provide overall leadership on state affairs and coordination of all legislative and regulatory staff involved. He is currently manager of government affairs.


AMERICAN JERSEY CATTLE ASSN., Reynoldsburg, Ohio — Michele Ackerman has been named website coordinator and editorial editor. Ackerman will work to design, create and maintain the organization websites and will help create feature articles and website content.

Kim Billman has been named director of communications. Billman will oversee all publications and activities of the communications department, including youth programs and the All American activities.

Tracie Hoying has been named managing editor of the "Jersey Journal." Hoying will be responsible for daily management of the magazine while building the advertising program.

Kaila Tauchen has been named assistant director of communications. Tauchen will help create communications materials, assist in maintaining the company websites, produce the annual report, coordinate the "Green Book," help with the national Jersey youth development programs and help develop trade show displays.


ASV HOLDINGS INC., Grand Rapids, Minn. — Nick Schrapp has been promoted to product reliability and testing manager. Schrapp will be responsible primarily for managing product testing, reliability and field issue resolutions involving the manufacturer's products. He was most recently design engineer.


BUNGE LTD., White Plains, N.Y. — Gregory A. Heckman has been appointed chief executive officer. Heckman was most recently acting CEO.


BUTTERBALL LLC, Garner, N.C. — Suzanne Griffin has been promoted to senior vice president, general counsel and chief risk officer. Griffin will be responsible for environmental and workplace safety management as well as providing oversight for other risk related-issues. She was most recently senior vice president, general counsel and secretary.


CATTLEMEN'S BEEF PROMOTION & RESEARCH BOARD, Centennial, Colo. — Gregory Hanes has been named chief executive officer, effective June 17, 2019. Hanes was previously with the U.S. Meat Export Federation.


CHOICE GENETICS USA, West Des Moines, Iowa — Chuck Woods has joined the company as national sales manager. Woods was previously with Kent Feeds.


DIAMOND V, Cedar Rapids, Iowa — Judd Powell has joined the company as poultry specialist. Powell will provide sales and technical support on current best practices for producers, nutritionists, veterinarians and feed production professionals.

Wang Yuanlin has joined the company as country director-China. Yuanlin will focus on accelerating growth in China in the dairy segment as well as by leading business development initiatives in swine and poultry. He was previously with DSM Animal Nutrition & Health China.


DILUTION SOLUTIONS, Clearwater, Fla. — Lori Donnell has been named technical sales representative. Donnell will focus on the Etatron line of electric pumps, industrial controls and metering devices.


FMC CORP., Philadelphia, Pa. — Christina Coen has been named U.S. commercial director, effective May 1, 2019. Coen is currently North America marketing director.


GROWERS EDGE FINANCIAL INC., Johnston, Iowa — Dan Cosgrove has been appointed chief strategy officer. Cosgrove will focus on accelerating growth by building out the financial business line and leading joint development activities. He was previously with Corteva Agriscience.


INTERNATIONAL DAIRY FOODS ASSN., Washington, D.C. — Matt Herrick has been named senior vice president, executive and strategic communications. Herrick will be responsible for leading all communications and reputation management activities, with a focus on promoting and extending the brand to support the growth of dairy in the U.S. and around the world. He will also integrate a range of activities to position the association and its executives as thought leaders in the dairy industry and the broader food and beverage sector. He was previously with The Rockefeller Foundation.


LOUIS DREYFUS CO. B.V., Rotterdam, Netherlands — Enrico Biancheri has been appointed head of the Sugar Platform. Biancheri was most recently head trader for the Sugar Platform.

Anthony Tancredi has been appointed head of the Grains Platform. Tancredi was most recently head of the Sugar Platform.


MIDWESTERN BIOAG, Madison, Wis. — Kevin Kimm has joined the company as chief executive officer. Kimm will lead the company as it expands the reach of TerraNu Technology to key markets across the U.S. He was previously with The Mosaic Co.


NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL, Washington, D.C. — Andrew Bailey has joined the company as science and technology legal counsel. Bailey was previously with Siff & Associates.

Rachel Gantz has joined the company as director of communications. Gantz was previously with the Renewable Fuels Assn.


RABO AGRIFINANCE, St. Louis, Mo. — Ben Laine has joined the company as dairy analyst on the RaboResearch team. Laine will collect key insights regarding the U.S. dairy market, conduct in-depth analyses of the factors that drive sector success or failure and examine the megatrends that influence business strategies for dairy farms. He was previously with CoBank.


RALCO, Marshall, Minn. — Dr. Russell Fent has been promoted to director of the Swine Technical Group. Fent will lead the swine technical team and the expansion of swine research efforts in support of the EnMAX swine nutrition program.


SELECT SIRES INC., Plain City, Ohio — Jeffrey Reidman has joined the company as vice president of Latin America markets and dairy sire services. Reidman will oversee product placement, marketing and exportation and provide leadership direction and training for a team of Latin America sales managers and their distributors. He will also work with member and global partners to develop tools and technology to enhance genetic consulting services. He was previously with All West/Select Sires.

Bill Young has been named vice president of subsidiaries. Young will provide leadership and direction for managers of company subsidiaries in the Americas and collaborate on strategic direction, business management and policy. He will also continue in his current capacity as chief executive officer of Select Sires Generations.


UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, Gainesville Fla. — John Arthington has been appointed chair of animal sciences at the Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). Arthington will lead the animal sciences department, focusing on undergraduate curriculum as well as improving client relationships and livestock facilities. He was most recently director of the IFAS Range Cattle Research & Education Center in Ona, Fla.


UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, Kennett Square, Pa. — Dr. Gary Althouse has been appointed associate dean of sustainable agricultural and veterinary practices for the School of Veterinary Medicine. Althouse will leverage resources to address the complex interplay between agriculture and the environment. He will seek interdisciplinary approaches to improve agricultural productivity, reduce the environmental impact of livestock and poultry production and enhance the broader practice of veterinary medicine. He was most recently the Marion Dilley & David George Jones endowed chair in animal reproduction and a professor of reproduction and swine herd health.


VITA PLUS, Madison, Wis. — Wyatt Smith has been named dairy specialist. Smith will be responsible for providing dairy producers in northwestern Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota with feed, nutritional and management expertise for every area of the dairy farm and will provide on-farm assistance for other company and dealer staff.

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