Five agriculturally focused college students are recipients of the 2013 Syngenta Sugarbeet Scholarship. This year’s winners include Travis Chase of New Plymouth, Idaho; Michael Backman of Fargo, N.D.; Rebekah Landmark of Montevideo, Minn.; Ashtyn Shrewsbury of Alliance, Neb., and Kody Myers of Midland, Mich.
“The future of the sugarbeet industry is looking bright based on the exceptional responses we received from this year’s applicants,” said Jeff Pomeroy, sugarbeet crop portfolio head at Syngenta. “Congratulations to our 2013 scholarship recipients. We look forward to their contributions to the field of agriculture.”
Each applicant answered an essay question about the biggest challenge facing sugarbeet production and shared ideas to address the problem. Applications were evaluated for creativity, flow and professional appeal. The winners were chosen out of 32 applicants, all with an involvement in 4-H and/or the National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America). Each winner was awarded $1,500 for his or her college tuition.
Trevor Cook was appointed this fall as product lead for Syngenta sugarbeet seeds. Cook, who was raised on a 5,000-acre sugarbeet farm and spent five years as a field consultant in Idaho, has been with Syngenta for more than five years in a district sales manager role
and as an AgriEdge specialist.
“I loved growing up on a sugarbeet farm and being out in the field, but I also know the hard work that comes along with it. Because of my farming background and working in the indus- try, I understand the challenges that sugarbeet growers face,” Cook said. “Seeing how rapidly the industry has changed — resulting from breeding techniques, seed treatments and other technologies — has only strengthened my passion for the crop.
“I’m looking forward to this new role and the opportunity to meet directly with sugar cooperatives to talk about what Syngenta can do to help in crease their yield and productivity.”
SESVanderhave USA announced this summer the hiring of three key managers for its expanding research and development efforts in the U.S. sugarbeet seed industry.
David Boehm is now SESVanderhave’s research and development manager-U.S., responsible for the planning, implementing and monitoring of all R&D and breeding activities within the United States. He’ll also collaborate with universities, USDA researchers, and the U.S. sugar industry. Boehm is based in Fargo, N.D.
Boehm is a graduate of North Dakota State University with degrees in plant science and communications, and a master’s degree in plant science in
wheat breeding. He previously was key account manager with Syngenta
and regional business manager with AgriPro Wheat. Boehm also has held communications and agronomy posi- tions with the North Dakota Grain Growers Association and ConAgra. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association.
Andrew Aipperspach was hired by SESVanderhave as quality assurance lead-U.S. Aipperspach manages and oversees all areas of sugarbeet seed quality, testing, compliance and trait verification. He collaborates with the seed production industry as well as national and international breeders to maintain and improve seed quality and performance.
Aipperspach is a horticulture graduate of North Dakota State University, where he also earned a master’s degree in plant science, specifically horticulture production. He previously was a research assistant with the NDSU potato breeding project as well as a
landscape designer and sales associate with Signature Landscapes in Fargo. Aipperspach has also spent time in Uganda East Africa teaching middle school agriculture and biology, as well as horticulture production to local Ugandan farmers.
Joe Bristol is now SESVanderhave’s seed production manager-U.S. Bristol coordinates all sugarbeet seed production, including commercial seed, basic seed increases and topcross nurseries. He also oversees steckling transplants and works with growers to maximize seed production
Betaseed, Inc., has named Neil Williams as plant breeder for the company’s breeding station, located at Kimberly, Idaho. He reports directly to Jay Miller, director of breeding and product management for Betaseed.
Williams has been working in plant science for more than 20 years. Most recently, he was employed as a pea breeder in the vegetable industry. In his new position, he is responsible for curly top and Roundup Ready® breeding programs for North America.
ACH Seeds announced in October the introduction of a new seed enhancement series, “Diamond PlatedTM,” the next evolution of seed treatment and enhancement products targeted to sugarbeet growers. Diamond Plated sugarbeet seed effectively bundles seed treatments and enhancement products within each U.S. beet growing region.
“The Diamond Plated treatment series incorporates priming with market- specific seed treatments, enhancing both seedling protection and genetic potential during the critical emergence stage,” stated Dave Braaten, national market manager for ACH Seeds, Inc. “Producers will be pleased with the ease and simplicity of choosing Diamond Plated sugarbeet seed.”
The Diamond Plated treatment series is offered as Gold, Silver or Bronze options. Each market region requires different and unique varietal tolerance, so each offering will vary by market.
During its 63rd annual fall conven- tion, held in Indianapolis in October, the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association elected Marc McConnell of Art’s Way Manufacturing Co., as the group’s 61st president. Mc- Connell has served on the associa- tion’s board since 2007.
McConnell is vice chairman of Art’s Way Manufacturing Co., Inc. Headquartered in Armstrong, Iowa, Art’s Way is a diversi- fied manufacturer of sugarbeet har- vesters, grinder-mixers, hay and forage equipment, manure spreaders, graders, plows, grain augers and other farm equipment, in addition to the products of its non-agricultural subsidiaries which include pressure vessels, modu- lar laboratories, snow blowers, and car- bide cutting tools with seven factories in Iowa, Ohio and Ontario. Art’s Way has been a member of the Farm Equip- ment Manufacturers Association since 1961.
Andrea Kavaler, executive vice president of LMC International Ltd., was elected this fall as president of the Sugar Club, an international sugar forum headquartered in New York City.
Kavaler, a graduate of Cornell University, joined LMC International in London in 1984 and moved to its New York office in 1988. LMC Interna- tional is an independent economic and business consultancy for agribusiness sectors around the world.
Kavaler began her career with the USDA’s Cooperative Extension Service. Later, she was an administrator in Lifelong Learning at Marymount Manhattan College, which set up programs for women returning to college after bringing up children. After that, she went to London where she organized summer programs for women majoring in government.
Other elected officers of the Sugar Club are vice presidents Ken Lorenze of Jenkins Sugar Group, Sue Kharouba of Louis Dreyfus Commodities LLC, and Pedro Figueroa of American Sugar Refining. Secretary is Rick Pasco of the Sweetener Users Association. Robert Vorsanger is treasurer of the Sugar Club.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension has pub- lished an updated version of the Sugarbeet Production Guide, a 242-page, spiral-bound, full color publication with in-depth information about all phases of sugarbeet production.
Every chapter of the Sugarbeet Production Guide has been revised, according to the publication’s techni- cal editor, Robert Wilson, weed spe- cialist at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center. The previous edition was published in 2001. Many of the photos and tables have been updated.
Wilson said the new edition ad- dresses weed resistance to glyphosate herbicides. Since the previous edi- tion, Roundup Ready® sugarbeets have become available and are now almost universally planted in the United States. The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate.
The new edition also reflects other changes, such as the discovery of new sugarbeet diseases, new threats from insects, and changes in machinery.