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Names in the News: June 2020

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.

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AB VISTA, Plantation, Fla. — Dr. Michelle Stewart has joined the company as technical services team member. Stewart will focus on the monogastric business, supporting customers in determining how or why leg health issues evolve in the field.

 

ALGAENERGY S.A., Madrid, Spain — Fabricio Benatti has been appointed vice president of the new subsidiary being established in Brazil. Benatti will be responsible for building the international business in South America and Latin America.

 

ALLTECH, Lexington, Ky. — Sal Costilla has joined the company as forage specialist on the California dairy team. Costilla will provide on-farm forage service and support to California and Nevada. He was previously with Clauss Dairy Farms.

Dennis Miguel has joined the company as territory sales representative on the California dairy team. Miguel will focus on sales support to the dairy market in the central to southern part of California's San Joaquin Valley. He was previously with Van Beek Natural Science.

 

AMERICAN SEED TRADE ASSN., Alexandria, Va. — Dr. Fan-Li Chou has joined the association as vice president, scientific affairs and policy. Chou will work with the association membership, government officials and stakeholders at the domestic and global levels regarding the future of innovation in plant breeding and plant sciences. She was previously with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 

AMERICAN SOYBEAN ASSN., Washington, D.C. — Scott Gerlt has joined the organization as economist, effective July 20. Gerlt will provide insight on relevant agricultural economics and analysis of current and future policy for the association. He was previously with the Food & Agricultural Policy Research Institute.

 

BLUENALU INC., San Diego, Cal. — Amir Feder has joined the company as chief financial officer. Feder will work on investor relations, corporate governance and long-term corporate strategy. He was previously with Hughes Marino.

 

CARGILL, Minneapolis, Minn. — Hank Gray has joined the company as U.S. origination manager for cotton within the Agricultural Supply Chain business. Gray will focus on setting and executing on the farmer-facing strategy in the cotton space.

Brett Mackay has joined the company as dairy focus consultant for the western region. Mackay will focus on serving and developing the dairy business in the Granger, Wash., market. He was previously with All West/Select Sires.

 

COBB-VANTRESS INC., Siloam Springs, Ark. — Dr. Suttisak Boonyoung has joined the Cobb Asia technical service team as regional nutritionist. Boonyoung will provide flock health and nutrition support and expertise to customers across the region. He was previously with Cargill Meats Thailand.

Dr. Magali Charles has joined the Cobb Asia technical service team as regional veterinarian. Charles will provide flock health and nutrition support and expertise to customers across the region. She was previously with Hendrix Genetics.

 

CORBION, Amsterdam, Netherlands — Geir Ivar Lanes has been appointed senior business development manager. Lanes will lead the application of the AlgaPrime DHA ingredient in salmonid feed. He was previously with Havbrukskontroll AS.

Ruud Peerbooms has been appointed president of the Algae Ingredients team. Peerbooms will drive strategic initiatives to expand the algae business, including overseeing partnerships for the development of the next generation of algae ingredients. He was most recently senior vice president of food.

Paula Arriagada Strodthoff has been appointed senior business development manager. Strodthoff will lead the AlgaPrime DHA work with salmon farmers and feed companies in Chile. She was previously with EWOS Chile.

 

DREXEL CHEMICAL CO., Memphis, Tenn. — Ben Johnson will retire as president in mid-September.

Mark Stewart has been promoted to president. Stewart was most recently director of sales and marketing.

 

EW NUTRITION, Adel, Iowa — Dr. Tim Fakler has joined the company as technical manager, swine. Fakler will work with current and prospective customers to deliver programs, products and advisory for profitability with customized solutions.

 

FARMERS NATIONAL CO., Omaha, Neb. — Matt Gunderson has been promoted to senior vice president of sales and marketing. Gunderson will be responsible for overseeing the planning, development and execution of sales, marketing and advertising initiatives and leading the long-range plan growth goals for company business lines. He was most recently vice president of farm and ranch management.

 

GROWERS EDGE FINANCIAL INC., Johnston, Iowa — Tracy Linbo has been appointed executive vice president and chief commercial officer. Linbo will drive the commercial strategy and continued development of the sales organization. She was previously with Agtegra Cooperative.

 

INTERNATIONAL DAIRY FOODS ASSN., Washington, D.C. — Becky Rasdall has been named vice president of trade policy and international affairs within the Legislative Affairs & Economic Policy team. Rasdall will develop and advocate industry positions on international trade issues, including U.S. and international trade policy, and will monitor and address international regulatory issues affecting trade in dairy products. She was previously with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service.

 

MAXAM TIRE, Danvers, Mass. — Gregory Gilland has been appointment vice president of the Global Agricultural Program. Gilland will lead the team providing solutions to the agriculture industry. He was most recently North American segment manager of agricultural tires.

 

NOBIS AGRI SCIENCE, Plainwell, Mich. — Megan Versau has been promoted to chief operating officer. Versau will oversee day-to-day administrative and operational functions with a focus on operational excellence, customer satisfaction and implementation of strategic goals. She most recently managed the marketing, compliance and human resources department.

 

QUALITY TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, Elgin, Ill. — Dr. Miloud Araba has been appointed poultry nutritionist, research and technical services. Araba will be responsible for technical sales support with poultry producers, veterinarians and nutritionists as well as for implementing field research on existing and potential future products. He was previously with Syngenta Seeds.

 

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY, Lubbock, Texas — Alexandra Calle has joined the new School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo, Texas, as assistant professor of microbiology. Calle was most recently a faculty member in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources.

Dr. Michael Josue Cruz Penn has joined the School of Veterinary Medicine as assistant professor of anatomic pathology. Cruz Penn will lead pathology courses and provide anatomic pathology services for teaching and research. He was previously with the University of Kentucky.

 

TYSON FOODS INC., Springdale, Ark. — Dan Turton has been named senior vice president, global government affairs, effective June 29. Turton will lead worldwide government relations activities for the company from Washington, D.C. He was previously a senior advisor to the House Rules Committee.

 

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN, Lincoln, Neb. — Dr. Rebecca Funk has been named interim Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance coordinator. Funk was most recently assistant professor of practice in the School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

 

U.S. CATTLETRACE INC., Manhattan, Kan. — Callahan Grund has been named executive director. Grund was previously with Farm Strategy LLC.

 

VITA PLUS CORP., Madison, Wis. — Dr. Lucas Mitchell has joined the company as calf and heifer specialist. Mitchell will provide on-farm support with sales staff in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio for all calf- and heifer-related projects and also will work with members of the calf team to utilize current research and provide custom solutions to help dairy producers meet their calf and heifer program goals.

 

WILBUR-ELLIS NUTRITION, Vancouver, Wash. — Gerardo Quintero has joined the company as vice president. Quintero was previously with Cargill Animal Nutrition.

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