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Articles from 2020 In July

China demand boosting U.S. pork, broiler exports

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U.S. pork and broiler exports have been strong this year, the result of increased global demand, mostly from China.

U.S. pork producer could see a 19% increase in U.S. pork exports this year, according to Ken Isley, administrator of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service.

In fact, from May 2019 through May 2020, “we’ve seen $3.4 billion worth of exports through the end of May. That’s actually a 40% increase.”

U.S. Meat Export Federation reported May pork exports totaled 243,823 mt, 12% above a year ago but down 13% from the monthly average for the first quarter of 2020. Export value was $620.9 million, up 9% year-over-year but 16% below the first quarter monthly average.

USMEF’s Joe Schuele relayed that China is taking in unprecedented volumes of pork. However, he added that the U.S. is “by a large margin, the least dependent on China at this time of any of the major pork exporters.”

This is a good thing, Schuele added, “especially as we are in such a volatile trade climate. We always want to have a wide range of markets.”

May exports to China/Hong Kong pulled back from recent record highs but still reached 112,820 mt, up 148% from a year ago, valued at $259 million (up 188%).

Meanwhile, U.S. broiler exports continue to grow and are expected to increase year over year.

“We’re projecting that this year will be our record year for total broiler exports,” said Jim Sumner, president of USA Poultry and Egg Export Council, adding that China is the reason for the boost. “In fact, for the last two months, China has displaced Mexico as our number one export market.”

Isley expects U.S. broiler exports to the world will grow by 2% this year. China’s appetite is playing a big role in that increase, USDA noted.

“We’ve got boots on the ground in China to help support those sales,” Isley said.

A USDA GAIN report recently noted that poultry imports in 2021 are forecast to fall by as much as 16% due to a high base in 2020 but they will still remain at almost double the pre-ASF level. While COVID-19 has affected poultry consumption demand in many ways, overall consumption growth will not slow in 2021, the report said.

China production expanding

The GAIN report also relayed that China's chicken meat production will continue to grow in 2021, yet at a slower pace than the rapid expansion in 2019. However, gains in broiler production and chicken meat consumption will not be erased and the long-term trend of chicken displacing pork will continue, the report said.

According to a first quarter 2020 broiler industry report, China’s commercial chick supply was at 1.08 billion, up 6.34% year-on-year. By early March, chick production was back to normal following a slowdown related to COVID-19, the GAIN report relayed.

“It is projected that 5.68 billion white chickens will be slaughtered in 2020, up 13% year-on-year. Although broiler and layer farms are reportedly losing money, overall slaughter of broilers in May was still increasing.”

Regarding China’s hog industry, the report noted that government policies have put hog production as the number one priority in the agriculture sector.

“In April 2020, industry reported that 28 enterprises announced 76 billion yuan worth of investment in the hog industry. Since March 2020, China has seen 40,000 newly registered pig breeding companies, an indication of restocking efforts following the African Swine Fever outbreak that began in 2018.”

Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS) 2020 China Agriculture Industry Development Report estimated that live pig production will recover to more than 80% of pre-ASF levels by of the end of 2020.

Poultry worker unions sue USDA over line speeds

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The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and five of its local unions represented by Public Citizen Litigation Group have filed a federal lawsuit to end the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) waivers allowing poultry plants to increase production line speeds which they allege “further endanger workers already facing elevated risks” during the COVID-19 pandemic. UFCW represents more than 250,000 workers across the meatpacking and food processing industries.

The plaintiffs argue that the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) waiver program should be set aside and 10 currently active waivers should be voided. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges that the USDA failed to follow required procedures and ignored the agency’s own rules and policies when it adopted the waiver program.

“America’s poultry workers have been on the frontlines of this pandemic since day one, putting themselves in harm’s way to make sure our families have the food we need during this crisis,” said UFCW International president Marc Perrone. “As COVID-19 continues to infect thousands of meatpacking workers, it is stunning that USDA is further endangering these workers by allowing poultry companies to increase line speeds to dangerous new levels that increase the risk of injury and make social distancing next to impossible. This lawsuit will help to finally stop this dangerous corporate giveaway from the USDA. Now more than ever, we must put the safety of frontline workers and our country’s food supply first.”

Nandan Joshi, the Public Citizen attorney serving as lead counsel on the case, said the law is clear that an agency must follow proper procedures when adopting a new program and must consider and address all relevant factors, including its own prior positions on the same issue.

“FSIS did not follow these basic rules when it decided to allow more poultry plants to exceed the agency’s own regulatory line speed limits,” he said.

UFCW relayed that in the first 100 days of COVID-19, there were at least 65 meatpacking worker deaths and 14,214 meatpacking workers infected or exposed. April saw the biggest spike in new COVID-19 meatpacking cases with 8,632 workers infected or exposed while May was the deadliest month for the industry with 38 worker deaths last month alone, the union relayed.

The five local unions who are plaintiffs in this case – UFCW Local 227, UFCW Local 1529, UFCW Local 1995, UFCW Local 2008 and Retail, Wholesale And Department Store Union – Mid South Council – represent more than 35,000 poultry workers at processing plants in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi and Missouri.

At press time, USDA had not provided a comment to Feedstuffs.

DOJ files amicus brief in DFA lawsuit

DOJ files amicus brief in DFA lawsuit

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an amicus brief in a lawsuit against Dairy Farmers of America, the United States’ largest dairy cooperative. The lawsuit, filed in Vermont U.S. District Court, alleges that DFA and other cooperatives agreed not to compete for each other’s farmer-members, conspired to share payment information in order to discourage competition and depress prices, and maintained those low prices market-wide by entering into supply agreements with Dean Foods and other dairy processors.

In 2016, DFA paid $50 million to dairy farmers to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleged DFA and its marketing arm, Dairy Marketing Services LLC, had conspired to monopsonize the fluid milk market in the Northeast.  A significant outcome of that settlement was that a group of 116 farmers in the Northeast opted out of that settlement, instead working together to bring a separate lawsuit against DFA.

The lawsuit, filed in Vermont U.S. District Court, alleges that DFA and other cooperatives agreed not to compete for each other’s farmer-members, conspired to share payment information in order to discourage competition and depress prices, and maintained those low prices market-wide by entering into supply agreements with Dean Foods and other dairy processors.

In September of 2019, U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss issued a 58-page ruling that allowed the case to move forward.  The judge ruled that the farmers had provided “admissible evidence from which a rational jury could conclude that DFA management favored growth of its commercial operations and empire building over the interests of its farmer-members.” 

In its Statement of Interest for the brief, the DOJ makes three main arguments.

First, the allegations against DFA in the case are not shielded by the Capper-Volstead Act from antitrust laws.  In other words, DFA cannot hide behind its technical status as a cooperative.  If there is evidence that DFA conspired with nonexempt parties, (non-cooperatives) to act “anti-competitively against other farmers,” then “claims at issue in this case fall outside the heartland of Capper Volstead protection.”  The DOJ states, “To the extent . . . that DFA, even when acting as a milk marketing cooperative, made agreements with non-cooperatives that would violate section 1 of the Sherman Act,” that “DFA had monopsony power and used it,” and that “it would be inconsistent with the (Capper-Volstead) Act to allow a monopsony to use (Capper-Volstead) as a shield.”

“The claims at issue in this case fall outside the heartland of Capper-Volstead protection because they do not involve claims that farmer cooperatives acted anticompetitively against processors and other middlemen, but rather claims that farmer cooperatives—through agreements with processors, middlemen, and other cooperatives—acted anticompetitively against other farmers,” DOJ said in its Statement of Interest.

In addition, the Capper-Volstead Act does not insulate exclusionary acts from the antitrust laws prohibiting monopsonization. Basically, this section argues that the definition of “predatory practices” should be applied broadly as violations of section 2 of the Sherman Act, and are “therefore outside the protection of the Capper Volstead Act.”

Finally, the Defendants (DFA) bear the burden of proof that they are protected by the Capper-Volstead Act. Since it is DFA’s claim that they are protected as a cooperative by Capper-Volstead, they must show proof of such claims.  This argument is extremely significant, because it shifts the burden of proof away from the farmers. OCM has long argued that requiring farmers to show proof of harm is an unreasonable burden, and this argument from DOJ follows a similar line of reasoning.

The DOJ arguments clearly demonstrate that farmer and producer protection was one of the main reasons for passage of the Clayton and Sherman Acts.

“The Capper-Volstead exemption should be construed narrowly and consistent with the Act’s purpose to enhance the bargaining power of farmer-producers. It should be applied as an affirmative defense, with the defendant bearing the burden of showing that the exemption applies,” DOJ stated.

The case was slated for trial on July 1, 2020, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  

House-approved waterway bill unlocks funding

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The U.S. House of Representatives' passed by a unanimous vote its waterway funding bill, H.R. 7575, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020, which was welcomed by those in the agriculture sector in efforts to enhance U.S. agriculture’s competitiveness and update delipidated locks and dams.

Most locks and dams were built in the 1920s and 1930s and have far exceeded their 50-year design life span. The bill authorizes the construction of 34 new projects as well as the study and construction of locally driven projects that were developed in cooperation and consultation with the Army Corps of Engineers.

WRDA legislation provides authority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to implement water resource development projects. Since 2014, Congress has successfully enacted three consecutive WRDA bills on a biennial basis. The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved WRDA 2020 on July 15, and the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee passed its version of the legislation — dubbed the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 (S. 3591) — in May.

The House bill adjusts the cost share for construction and major rehabilitation of inland waterway projects from a 50/50 split to 65% from the general fund of the U.S. Department of Treasury and 35% from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF). The bill also authorizes the deposit of additional funds into the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) for dredging and port modernization projects.

“Moving from 50% funded by the government to 65% funded by the government will enable new locks and dams to become a reality much sooner,” said Illinois Corn Growers Assn. president Bill Leigh, a Minonk, Ill., farmer.

The trust fund consists of revenues generated by barge fuel taxes assessed against commercial users of the inland waterways. The IWTF is funded through a 29 cents/gal. tax on barge fuel, bringing in $121.2 million in revenue in 2019. According to the Inland Waterways Users Board Organization, the reliance on the Administration’s consistently low IWTF annual revenue estimates have led to under-investment in modernization of the inland waterway system.

“It is well known that the majority of the nation’s locks and dams have outlived their 50-year design life, and changing the cost share is one prudent way to address this problem and bring U.S. waterways infrastructure into the 21st century more quickly,” said National Grain and Feed Assn. (NGFA) vice president of legislative affairs and public policy Bobby Frederick.

The Senate’s legislation includes the same change in the cost-share amount and also contains a beneficial provision that would make the cost-share change permanent instead of expiring in fiscal 2027, as the House bill stipulates.

Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund

H.R. 7575 would allow access to the existing balance of funds within the HMTF. Currently, more than $9 billion has been collected and deposited in the fund but has gone unspent for its intended purpose.

Megan Nelson, economic analyst for the American Farm Bureau Federation, explained that HMTF funds were partially unlocked earlier this year in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act, but annual expenditures from the fund were capped at the amount of the previous year’s HMTF revenue. “The provision in the CARES Act will not allow for Congress to retroactively spend from the fund’s current $9.3 billion balance, however, and applies only to ‘annual receipts and interests,’ meaning it will ensure that all future HMTF revenues are used for the purpose of dredging. WRDA 2020 would expand on this by allowing access to additional funds from the existing HMTF balance,” Nelson wrote in a recent Market Intel report. “The inability to access and fully utilize those dollars on port dredging has stalled American agriculture’s comparative transportation advantage and contributed to lost export opportunities, to the detriment of U.S. economic growth.”

According to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service, “Importance of Inland Waterways to U.S. Agriculture,” overall barge traffic has grown, and outdated and failing infrastructure has given rise to more frequent delays, amounting to more than $44 million in additional costs per year.

“Allowing full use of the [HMTF] for its intended purpose would correct the fiscal disservice to those that pay the 0.125% ad valorem tax based upon the value of cargo imports and would help restore the United States’ comparative transportation advantage,” Frederick said.

Work ahead

The bipartisan vote in the House on July 29 brings Congress one step closer to achieving new WRDA legislation in 2020, Frederick said, adding, “NGFA will continue to work with both the House and Senate in an effort to ensure these policy wins for inland waterways and ports are reflected in the final agreement. An efficient waterborne transportation system is crucial for growing the American economy and job creation and is vitally important to U.S. agricultural exports and their positive contribution to the U.S. balance of trade.”

Agricultural Retailers Assn. president and chief executive officer Daren Coppock commended the House for focusing its efforts on water infrastructure projects with the passage of the legislation.

“The U.S. inland waterways system provides the lowest-cost, most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly way to transport products. Our nation’s lock and dam systems remain in urgent need of additional funding for essential maintenance and modernization,” Coppock said in a statement.


The COVID quarter, one of the worst quarters in global history, ends today and initial ideas are that second quarter GDP is estimated to have fallen by 32.9%, according to Provimi market analyst Dave Bauer. The U.S. also had the largest one-day sale of corn ever this past week to China at 1.9 metric tons, or approximately 76 million bushel. Pork exports sales this week were just under 40,000 metric tons, up 24% over last week and up 12% versus the four-week average. Of course, China led those purchases with 45% of the total, followed by Mexico, taking 40%. For the first time in a few weeks, actual shipments did slow down 12% versus last week and 3% below the prior four-week average, but still a strong number of 31,500 metric tons.

On the topic of slaughter plants, it was a tough start to the week. Mechanical and labor issues reduce the estimated kill by 22,000 head on Monday. But the rest of this week found its stride and the estimate for a 2.5 plus million head kill is again expected. Kill floors are maintaining a weekly run of roughly 93% of capacity, but now processing floors need to get out of the mid to upper 80% range and up to match the kill floor run rates. The challenge to get employees back to work are real and plants are doing all they can to create safe work environments.

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Study assigns economic cost to drug-resistant parasitic worms

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An international research study has estimated that drug-resistant parasitic worms cost the European livestock industry millions of euros per year in production losses and veterinary costs, according to the European Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST).

Parasites can cause major welfare and productivity problems in cattle, sheep and goats worldwide, affecting growth, fertility and milk production. What's worrying, COST said, is that drug resistance is increasing against the veterinary medicines widely used to treat and prevent infection, which means current farming methods may not be sustainable in the longer term.

A new study has estimated that parasitic worms cost the European livestock industry more than 1.8 billion euros per year, with drug resistance costing at least 38 million euros per year in production losses and treatment costs.

COST said the study can support the identification of livestock sectors and regions where the largest losses occur and inform control programs and research policies at the national and European levels.

Agricultural economic data were combined with the latest data on the levels of disease and drug resistance in 18 European countries, COST said, noting that data were not available for all European countries and that only one class of veterinary medicine was included in the analysis. Five classes of veterinary medicine are available in Europe to treat parasitic worms in livestock, and drug resistance is widespread against at least three of these classes, COST said, adding that the actual costs "are likely to be higher than the conservative estimates reported in the study."

The study was led by Dr. Johannes Charlier of the scientific consultancy Kreavet in Belgium as part of a COST action known as COMBAR (Combatting Anthelmintic Resistance in Ruminants). It involved a total of 23 organizations that brought together regional expertise and the latest data on the economic impacts of parasitic disease in the European livestock industry.

August 2020 issue of Feedstuffs available online

The August 2020 issue of Feedstuffs is now available online to subscribers. Among the top stories are:

  • No smoking gun in USDA cattle report
  • Rural America better positioned for rebound
  • Report explores vast impact of COVID-19
  • Colorado governor signs cage-free egg bill
  • USDA makes initial FMD vaccine purchase
  • Dairy supply chains need to adjust to new behaviors
  • Producers successfully route pork to food banks
  • Extensive animal Nutrition & Health section
  • Monthly Ingredient Market prices
  • And more.

Access the August 2020 issue at: https://editions.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?i=668717

WTO director-general replacement process underway

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The World Trade Organization, the U.N. body serving as the forum for ensuring that world trade moves fairly and smoothly, has begun its process to find a new director-general (DG), following the announcement by current Director-General Roberto Azevêdo that he will step down at the end of August. For WTO, having been hit with criticism from many countries, selecting the right person to be the face of the organization going forward is critical.

In his farewell speech to the general counsel on July 23, Azevêdo said, “We’ve achieved a lot, but much remains to be done.” Azevêdo, who took the position seven years ago, said then WTO was at a crossroads, and now, “It’s still at a crossroads – and will continue to be for some time yet.”

The 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), now planned for June 2021, will be a key marker for charting WTO’s new path, as it now has no dispute settlement board. “In light of the COVID-19 crisis, MC12 has become even more important; it will be a key decision point for you to shape the direction of the post-COVID global economy,” Azevêdo said to members.

Eight candidates have been nominated by their home nations of Mexico, Nigeria, Egypt, Moldova, South Korea, Kenya, Saudi Arabia and the U.K. Mid-July marked the beginning of Phase II of the appointment process, a two-month-long opportunity for candidates to campaign for the job. The candidates will begin the election process with a "speed dating" exercise with WTO members during a three-day session in which they present their vision for the future of WTO. If the process goes as planned, a new director-general is expected to be elected in November.

Upon taking office, the new director-general will face major challenges to restore the stability and legitimacy of WTO, including re-establishing the Dispute Settlement Body and appeals systems. While the director-general does not hold any formal power and cannot vote or force governments to take a particular action, they wield a great deal of soft power to facilitate plurilateral negotiations and establish the trust required to successfully move the organization forward. Experts suggest that the new leader will need to have both technical knowledge and sound political judgment as well as the drive and flexibility to address the problems facing WTO -- such as U.S.-China trade tensions, rising trade barriers and the breakdown of the Appellate Body -- that have all been amplified due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WTO remains a valuable tool for the U.S. since its inception in 1995, despite occasional friction regarding process and administration over the years. With an ever-more-connected global trading system, major growth in economic powers such as China and India and several trade agreements either currently under negotiation or on deck, the U.S. will likely need an overarching body to help ensure that nations adhere to national and international regulations.

"The U.S. rice industry saw two important wins against China last year that help to justify our messaging and calls for a level global playing field," USA Rice vice president of international trade policy Peter Bachmann said. "The precedent those cases set may prove even more useful in future cases that ensure the world's rice exporters are playing by the rules and better ensure the U.S. rice industry is operating on equal footing with our competitors."

Bachmann added, "The U.S. government has not yet announced support for any specific candidate, but we know that individual will have to be someone who is looking to modernize and reform the WTO while maintaining its basic mission. We are optimistic a new [director-general] will help bring stability and leadership to the organization in the face of unprecedented global challenges."

WTO is expected to soon settle on an interim chief, who will be selected from among the four existing deputy director generals hailing from China, Germany, Nigeria and the U.S.

Names in the News: August 2020

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AGCO, Duluth, Ga. — Eric Hansotia has been appointed chairman, president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2021. Hansotia is currently senior vice president and chief operating officer.

Martin Richenhagen will retire as chairman, president and chief executive officer on Dec. 31, 2020.


AGTEGRA, Aberdeen, S.D. — Milt Handcock has joined the cooperative as Northwest region manager. Handcock will lead the Northwest region locations as well as the entire staff in that region.


ALLFLEX LIVESTOCK INTELLIGENCE, Madison, Wis. — Paul Koffman has been appointed North America lead. Koffman will be responsible for the livestock identification, monitoring and traceability businesses in the U.S. and Canada. He most recently led the North American monitoring business.


AMLAN INTERNATIONAL, Chicago, Ill. — Dr. Kreangkrai “Pong” Sangthongdang has been named Thailand country manager. Sangthongdang will lead local business development and strategic efforts from Bangkok, Thailand. He was previously with Diamond V.


ARM & HAMMER ANIMAL & FOOD PRODUCTION, Princeton, N.J. — Roger Beers has joined the company as global director of food safety. Beers will help develop and grow the food production business and will lead and direct global operations. He was previously with Barrow-Agee Laboratories.

Mark Martinez has been promoted to director, Americas sales. Martinez will oversee all ruminant and monogastric sales in North, Central and South America. He was most recently manager of business development and national accounts.


BIORIGIN, Sao Paulo, Brazil — Dr. Alessandro Lima has been appointed global feed business manager.

Dr. Claudia Mônaco has joined the sales team as sales manager for Brazil.

Dr. Thaila Putarov has joined the technical sales team as global technical manager for pets. Putarov was previously with the FCAV-UNESP Pet Nutrition Research Lab.


CHR. HANSEN, Milwaukee, Wis. — Nick Bryars has joined the company as poultry account manager. Bryars will promote the GALLIPRO portfolio of products in the Midwest, with a focus on layer and turkey accounts.


FARMERS EDGE, Lincoln, Neb. — Aaron Robinson has been appointed chief revenue officer. Robinson will lead a sustainable, customer-focused growth trajectory and will be responsible for driving integration and alignment across all revenue strategies. He was previously with Bayer Crop Science.


GROWERS EDGE, Johnston, Iowa — Hollie Bunn has been appointed vice president of lending operations. Bunn will focus on hiring the lending platform team, developing the financing organization and cultivating relationships with agricultural retailers and industry suppliers. She was previously with Farmers National Bank of Canfield, Ohio.


HAMLET PROTEIN, Horsens, Denmark — hiring of two technical sales consultant to support its ambitious growth agenda in Latin America. They will focus on driving an increased market penetration in swine nutrition and support a successful entrance in the poultry markets across the region.

Dr. Jose Luis Laparra has joined the company as technical sales consultant in Latin America. Laparra will support sales in Mexico and Central America.

Angela Mejia has joined the company as technical sales consultant in Latin America. Mejia will support sales in South America.


INDUSTRIAL MAGNETICS INC., Boyne City, Mich. — Aaron Evans has been appointed regional manager for the western U.S. territory. Evans will cover Arizona, Utah, central and southern California and southern Nevada. He was previously with Kaman Distribution.


KEMIN NUTRISURANCE, Des Moines, Iowa — Nicola Abrate has been appointed operations director — palatants and proteins. Abrate was most recently operations manager in Veronella, Italy.

Alberto Muñoz has been appointed marketing director. Muñoz was most recently involved in the Health & Nutrition Platform.


NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FOOD & AGRICULTURE, Washington, D.C. — Dr. Debora Hamernik has joined the agency as division director of the Institute of Food Production and Sustainability's Division of Animal Systems. Hamernik was previously with the University of Nebraska.

Dr. Suzanne Stluka joined the agency as division director for the Division of Family & Consumer Sciences and to lead the Division of Youth & 4-H in the Institute of Youth, Family & Community. Stluka was previously with Montana State University Extension.


PHM BRANDS, Denver, Colo. — Chris Gross has joined the company as vice president, feed ingredient merchandising. Gross will oversee feed ingredients, commodities and risk management. She was previously with Trinidad Benham.


WESTWAY FEED PRODUCTS, Tomball, Texas — Blaine Blackburn has joined the company as vice president of sales and marketing. Blackburn will lead the strategy for sales and marketing while guiding the salesperson team. He was previously with Cargill Animal Nutrition.


WILBUR-ELLIS, San Francisco, Cal. — Amie Thesingh has joined the company as vice president of corporate business development. Thesingh will be responsible for mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate strategy and development. She was previously with Cargill.


ZINPRO CORP., Eden Prairie, Minn. — Dr. Timur Akmaliev has been promoted to regional manager–Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Akmaliev will lead the company's business growth and development for CIS and Russian customers. He was most recently country manager for Russia and CIS.

Francisco Dias has joined the company as country manager monogastrics–U.K., Ireland and Scandinavia. Dias will be responsible for leading the strategic direction for monogastric species, with an emphasis on poultry and sustainable production in these regions.

Ekaterina Velikorodnaya has joined the company as digital marketing associate for Russia and the larger Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Velikorodnaya will work to expand the company's digital presence and support ongoing marketing and sales initiatives in the region.

Dairy & specialty livestock markets, 7/31/2020

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