Wyffels sales VP

GENESEO, Ill. — Wyffels Hybrids Inc. announced that Bruce Howison has been named the company’s vice president of sales and marketing. Howison brings years of seed industry experience along with strong analytical and financial leadership to the company. He most recently was vice president of sales for AgReliant.

“Bruce is very seasoned and understands the seed industry. He believes in the power of people and is passionate about working with our customers to help them be more successful,” said Wyffels President Bill Wyffels Jr.

Wyffels Hybrids, headquartered in Geneseo, is one of the nation’s largest independent seed corn companies.

Award winner

INDIANAPOLIS — BioCrossroads directors named John Swisher, founder of JBS United, the 2016 winner of the August M. Watanabe Life Sciences Champion of the Year Award, named in tribute to BioCrossroads’ late Chairman August Watanabe, at the Indiana Life Sciences Summit.

BioCrossroads presents the award annually to an individual or organization that has made or enabled unique achievements in the development and promotion of Indiana’s life sciences research, educational or economic advancement.

JBS United, originally focused on swine research and pork production economics, has developed the largest swine nutrition research farm system in the U.S.’s animal nutrition industry.

New to Nutriquest

MASON CITY, Iowa — Dan Schimek has joined NutriQuest as director of dairy technology and will focus on developing products and technologies to serve the U.S. and international dairy markets. Prior to joining NutriQuest, Schimek most recently served as manager of dairy nutrition and technical service for Hubbard Feeds.

Schimek graduated from North Dakota State University with master’s in ruminant nutrition.

Dustin Dean joined NutriQuest as a senior swine nutritionist. He will be responsible for assisting clients in enhancing and maintaining nutrition programs for their swine herds with the goal of helping them accomplish their production objectives.

Brandt promotions

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Brandt, a leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of specialty ag products, promoted two to its senior leadership team in its Specialty Formulations division.

Brian Haschemeyer has been promoted to director of discovery and innovation. This role grants Haschemeyer critical divisionwide responsibilities, overseeing all agronomic support, product development and laboratory services.

John Guglielmi has been promoted to national sales director, covering ag, turf and ornamental, adjuvants and aquatics products. Guglielmi will lead a salesforce of 32, covering 49 states.

Bill Engel, executive vice president, cited the experience and expertise that Haschemeyer and Guglielmi bring to the Brandt team.

ISDA changes

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Agriculture announced staffing changes within the Division of Soil Conservation. Meg Leader will take on the role as director of soil health, with Matt Williams serving as a resource specialist.

“By bolstering our Division of Soil Conservation, we will be able to assist more landowners with their conservation efforts, especially dealing with matters of soil health,” said Ted McKinney, ISDA director.

Originally from New York, Leader graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. She will serve as ISDA’s point of contact for soil health and will work with the agricultural industry to develop innovative environmental stewardship programs and initiatives.

Williams grew up in Crawfordsville, Ind., and attended Ball State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in natural resources and environmental communications.

Biodiesel chief

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The National Biodiesel Board named Donnell Rehagen as the trade group’s chief executive. Rehagen was named interim CEO in June after serving 12 years as chief operating officer.

As COO, Rehagen managed the implementation and execution of the board’s budget and the day-to-day responsibility of managing the organization’s program managers, staff and contractors.

Additionally, Rehagen has led the annual National Biodiesel Conference and Expo, the board’s signature event that attracts thousands of enthusiasts to learn more about biodiesel and for industry professionals to network with their peers.

Joins Merck

MADISON, N.J. — Merck Animal Health announced that Kelly Coulson has joined the company as swine marketing manager, U.S. Food Animal Marketing.

“Given his industry knowledge and strong ability to build and sustain relationships, we are confident Kelly will be a strong asset to our team and be able to make immediate contributions to our business,” said Todd Firkins, Merck Animal Health U.S. Food Animal Marketing executive director.

Coulson most recently served as a territory business manager for Zoetis’ pork business.

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