Precision Ag Bytes 12/4

Carrie Muehling

  • The J.R. Simplot Company and Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings, LLC have announced Simplot’s agreement to acquire all of the interests in Pinnacle Agriculture Enterprises, LLC and its subsidiaries. The target acquisition close date is in early 2020.
  • The project partners Clariant and GETEC have won the highly prestigious Energy Efficiency Award from the German Energy Agency in the category “Concepts for increasing energy efficiency.”
  • The Federal Communications Commission took another step to implement the Precision Ag Connectivity Act (PACA) with the announcement of the Precision Ag Task Force members. The Task Force will meet over the next year to identify gaps in in-field wireless coverage and develop policy recommendations to fill them.
  • A Purdue University-affiliated agbioscience startup is creating technology to help meet the growing global demand for bioenergy and, in partnership with Purdue, has received new support from the U.S. government. GRYFN offers precise geomatics solutions for coaligned and repeatable multi-sensor drone data collection.
  • The Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS), announced that Nicholas J. Goeser has been named Chief Executive Officer.
  • Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. announced that company founder Dr. Pamela Marrone will retire from her position as chief executive officer. The board of directors has begun the search process for a new CEO. Dr. Marrone will continue as CEO during the search process, and she and Board Chairman Bob Woods will shepherd the transition process until the new CEO is retained.
  • CommoditAg launched a new and improved online experience to help meet the 21st-century demands of today’s farming community. The updated website features simplified navigation as well as a warehouse locator so customers can choose where to purchase products including adjuvants, fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides and insecticides. Customers who buy during pre-pay season will receive 2 percent off their orders now through Jan. 15, 2020.
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