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W-W Manufacturing and Stampede Steel have completed an agreement where products of both companies will be offered through a strategic alliance. W-W will be the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of Stampede products in the United States and Stampede will provide W-W products in Canada. Stampede equipment will be manufactured in the W-W manufacturing facility in Thomas, Okla.

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc., signed a major distribution agreement with Syngenta Crop Protection AG, where Syngenta will exclusively distribute MBI's biofungicide Regalia in specialty crop markets throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Recognizing the opportunities for increased beef, pork and lamb exports to South America, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has hired Jessica Julca, an experienced food and agricultural industry veteran, to manage the South America region. She will be based in Lima, Peru.

Sheldon Daugherty, owner of River Hills Seed and a sales agent with Pioneer Hi-Bred, has donated $1,000 to the Ottawa County 4-H Foundation of Minneapolis, Kan. Daugherty was awarded this contribution money by Pioneer for his dedication to customer-focused activities throughout the year. With this donation, plans are now underway to upgrade the fair displays in the 4-H Exhibit Building at the Ottawa County Fairgounds in Minneapolis.

Mathews Company, Crystal Lake, Ill., announced Geof Griffin has joined Mathews Company as regional sales manager for the Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky areas.

The National Institute for Farm Safety has changed its name to International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH). The organization's first name change since incorporation in 1962 was prompted by several key considerations, including: Growth in international membership; an increase in the number of members involved in health and agromedicine; and the desire to replace "farm" with the more encompassing "agricultural."

The National Farm-City Council has announced new officers and the chairs of its five standing committees. The new officers are Hugh Whaley, Drake Company, chairman; Jerry Harrington, Pioneer Hi-Bred, vice chairman; Jeff Helms, Alabama Farmers Federation, secretary/treasurer; and Al Pell, Ag Day, immediate past president. Chairs of the five committees are Betty Wolanyk, Ag Literacy Works, Materials and Participation; Gene Hemphill, Industry Affairs Consultant, Special Events; Hugh Whaley and Jeff Helms, co-chairs of Finance; Jerry Harrington, Publicity and PR; and Walter Armbruster, Farm Foundation (retired), Audit. In addition, the National Farm-City Council recently has added the following members: Jim Nagel, Optimists International, St. Louis, Mo.; Betsy Rosemann, Wayne County (N.C.) Chamber, Goldsboro, N.C.; and Betty Wolanyk, Ag Literacy Works, Barker, N.Y. Boehringer Ingelheim employees across the U.S. took part in a number of volunteer activities during National Volunteer Week, April 10 to 16, to help individuals and families in their communities. The time employees volunteered has contributed to the company's goal of 15,000 volunteer hours in 2011.



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