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.
Dalton Yancey Honored As ‘Sugar Man of the Year - 2012’
Dalton Yancey, former chief executive officer of the Florida Sugar Cane League, was honored as “Sugar Man of the Year – 2012” during a mid-May gathering of the Sugar Club in New York City.
Syngenta Awards Sugarbeet Scholarships to Four Students
Syngenta is investing in the future of agriculturally focused college students interested in taking a lead in sugarbeets. For the third year, Syngenta has awarded scholarships through the annual Syngenta Sugarbeet Scholarship program. The 2012 winners are Stephanie George of Moxee, Wash.; Connor Cook of Baker, Minn.; Aleighica Keeran of Torrington, Wyo., and Matthew Singer of Vassar, Mich.
Jay Miller ~ Steve Kober
Betaseed recently restructured the company’s research and development organization to support key strategic initiatives.
Jay Miller was promoted to director of breeding and product management. In this new role, Miller provides corporate leadership for all North American research, breeding and product management activities. Miller’s team includes four plant breeders, plant pathologists, product management and technical specialists.
Miller has been at Betaseed over 25 years in various roles, including plant
breeding, station management and product management. He continues to work directly with KWS SAAT Ag, Einbeck, Germany, providing innovative, relevant technologies and genetics to North American markets.
Betaseed has named Dr. Hans-Henning Voss as plant breeder at its Western Sugarbeet Research Center in Kimberly, Idaho. Voss will be responsible for the curly top and Genuity®
Roundup Ready® breeding programs.
Since March 2010, Voss has been a participant of the KWS SAAT Ag’s Breeders Academy
program at the Kimberly station. His education includes an M.S. degree in agricultural sciences from the Georg-August-University in Gottingen, Germany, as well as a Ph.D. from the State Plant Breeding Institute at the University of Hohenheim in Germany. He most recently worked as head of wheat breeding, as well as assisted in hybrid rye breeding, at Dieckmann Seeds, Nienstadt, Germany.