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Metzger, Borud Now in New Ag Positions at Minn-Dak Co-op
Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative announced last summer the promotion of two agriculturists to new positions within the co-op.
Michael Metzger was selected to fill the newly created position of research agronomist with Minn-Dak. Metzger, who earned an M.S. degree in plant pathology from North Dakota State University, is working on his Ph.D. He has been at Minn-Dak since 2001.
Mark Borud moved to the new position of ag operations manager. In that post, he is responsible for ag equipment operators, the truck shop, the beet transfer fleet and piler repair for the Wahpeton, N.D.-based cooperative. Borud, who has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from NDSU, has been with Minn-Dak since 2004.
Greg Krause and Blake Buck took over the agriculturist duties that had been held by Metzger and Borud. Krause, an NDSU graduate in ag systems management, previously worked for Dakota Ag Co-op. Buck, a general agriculture graduate of NDSU, previously worked for Dupont-Pioneer.
Amalgamated’s Sugar Now Sold By National Sugar Marketing
Amalgamated Sugar Company has, since last summer, been marketing its sugar through a new firm named National Sugar Marketing LLC. The firm is a joint venture developed by Amalgamated and Sucden Americas Corporation, a French-based sugar trading company with U.S. headquarters in Florida.
National Sugar Marketing has exclusive rights to sell all the refined sugar marketed by both Amalgamated and Sucden in the United States. Amalgamated, the nation’s second largest beet sugar processor, produces more than 900,000 tons of sugar annually. Sucden has a worldwide presence of 8 to 10 million tons annually.
Sugar being sold by the new marketing firm is sourced from the United States, Mexico and the countries that are part of the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA): Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.
Bill Smith is the president and CEO of National Sugar Marketing, whose creation made it one of the top five U.S. sugar marketers. Smith has more than 35 years of experience in the U.S. sugar industry. He held various positions with Savannah Foods in Georgia prior to coming to Amalgamated 15 years ago as the company’s vice president of sales and marketing
50th International Sugarbeet Institute Set for March 14 & 15
The 2012 International Sugarbeet Institute is scheduled for March 14 and 15 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D. Next year’s event marks the 50th anniversary of ISBI — the largest sugarbeet industry trade show in North America.
Companies desiring preliminary exhibiting information for the 2012 International Sugarbeet Institute can contact exhibits coordinator Bob Cournia at (218) 281-4681. Other ISBI-related inquiries should be directed to Dr. Mohamed Khan, organizing committee chairman, at (701) 231-8596.
Well-Known Sugar Analyst Peter Buzzanell Passes Away
Peter J. Buzzanell, a well-known figure in the U.S. sugar industry and a regular contributor to The Sugarbeet Grower, died on October 5 after a long illness involving liver disease.
Peter worked for more than 25 years as an agricultural economist with the USDA in Washington, D.C., and overseas, including a period as leader of the sweetener analysis unit of USDA’s Economic Research Service. Following retirement, he worked as an international agricultural consultant and as a history and government substitute teacher in the Fairfax County Public School system in Virginia.
A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Peter was awarded the Bronze Star and Navy Commendation Medals with Combat “V”s for saving the lives of fellow Marines during the Vietnam War. He also was proud of his actions to save the lives of Vietnamese civilians during combat operations in Vietnam.
After military service, Peter earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaii, with honors, and then went on to earn master’s degrees from the University of Florida and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
NipsIt SUITE Sugarbeet System Introduced by Valent U.S.A.
Valent U.S.A. Corporation announced in September the availability of the NipsIt™ SUITE Sugarbeet System. NipsIt SUITE combines three super-systemic active ingredients into a single offer: leading-edge insect management tool NipsIt INSIDE® insecticide and two powerful fungicides — the newly registered METLOCK™ fungicide and metalaxyl, the industry standard against Pythium. The three come together to bring unsurpassed plant protection against yield-robbing insects such as sugarbeet root maggot, springtail and wireworm, and diseases such as Rhizoctonia, Fusarium and Pythium.
Through its super-systemic ingredients, NipsIt SUITE provides growers both contact and systemic protection when it matters most. “Sugarbeets can undergo significant pressure early in the season from diseases and insects, which can eventually affect crop quality and yield,” notes Jay Stroh, Valent seed protection marketing manager. “As both a systemic and contact protectant, NipsIt SUITE Sugarbeets uniquely delivers sugarbeet growers ‘inside out protection’ — meaning a proven defense against sugarbeet seed and seedling pests both below and above the ground.”