Industry Ag News 6/17

Carrie Muehling

  • Syngenta Group announced succession plans for its leadership team. Jeff Rowe, currently President, Global Seeds, will take over the leadership of Syngenta Crop Protection, effective July 1, 2022. His former role will be assumed by Justin Wolfe, currently Regional Director North America Seeds. As members of the Group Leadership Team, the two will report to CEO Erik Fyrwald. Jeff will relocate to Basel, Switzerland; Justin will continue to be based in Downers Grove, Illinois, USA.
  • The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board has elected Harold Wolle to become the organization’s next first vice president for the new fiscal year, which begins October 1, 2022. Wolle grows corn and soybeans on his farm in Madelia, Minnesota, with his son, Matt.
  • CONSERV FS is excited to announce a major expansion which will more than double storage capacity and better serve customers in the Rockford, Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, area more efficiently. The groundbreaking for the Caledonia Service Center expansion will happen Thursday June 23rd at 2:30 p.m. The planned updates include a new 6,000-ton dry fertilizer building, crop protection products warehouse, and one-million-gallon bulk liquid fertilizer storage tank.
  • Mitch Van Kampen, a 10-year veteran of Curious Plot and the agency’s chief strategy officer, has been named president and CSO. In his new role, Van Kampen will focus on growth initiatives and long-term strategic direction for the organization, while continuing to provide strategic counsel to clients. He reports to Laurie Fleck, who continues as the agency’s chief executive officer and is responsible for the overall direction and performance of the agency.
  • Women in agriculture from throughout the U.S. recently gathered in Washington, D.C., for the 36th Annual American Agri-Women (AAW) Fly-In to D.C. and the 27th Annual Symposium. After a two-year absence due to COVID restrictions, the group met with elected officials and policymakers to discuss critical issues, including environmental social and governance (ESG), trade and supply chain, land use, taxation, energy and mining, and the 2023 farm bill recommendations.
  • Valent U.S.A. announced several leadership appointments within the company’s Sales and Marketing departments that are effective July 1. Matt Lawrence has been named director of retail strategy, a new role within the Valent sales organization that is focused on providing alignment of commercial strategies and leadership of sales regions. Trey Soud has been appointed director of distribution strategy. BeckyJo Smith has been named associate director of Sustainable Solutions. Jesse Rosales has been named associate director of strategic marketing and sustainability. Joe Short has been promoted to asset management lead.
  • It’s time to send in nominations for NAFB’s three prestigious annual awards. We are starting the 2022 application process earlier again this year to allow all members more time to consider the applicants you deem worthy of these high honors. Click here to submit nominations by Friday, July 1, 2022.
  • American farmland and ranchland are rapidly disappearing, threatening our food security, undermining the agricultural economy, and making us vulnerable to climate shocks. What can be done? That question is at the heart of an upcoming June 29 Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc. webinar, “Farms Under Threat 2040: Choosing an Abundant Future.” You can sign up for this complimentary one-hour program by clicking on this link.
  • The 2022 Borlaug Dialogue will be conducted in a hybrid format, with virtual and in-person participation in Des Moines, Iowa, on October 18-20, 2022. This year’s theme, Feeding a Fragile World, focuses on overcoming pervasive shocks to the global food system. The triple threat of COVID, Conflict and Climate demands addressing the multiple challenges facing the global food system now and in the future. The event will address scalable solutions for adaptation and mitigation to limit planetary warming to 1.5° C and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Register now.
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