With more than 20 years at 4B Components Ltd, Johnny Wheat was appointed president on Oct. 8, 2014. Wheat will be in charge of North, Central and South America. Wheat was past Chairman of AFIA’s Equipment Manufacturers Conference.
AgGateway & Southern States Cooperative
AgGateway named Brian Kemp, formally with Southern States Cooperative, executive vice president and chief operating officer Nov. 24, 2014, succeeding Wendy Smith, who became president and chief executive officer Jan. 1.
Aidan Connolly, formerly Alltech vice president, was appointed to chief innovation officer. Connolly’s new role will work closely with Alltech’s vice president and chief scientific officer on various projects and create a team within the company’s research department to focus on designing nutrition-based technologies.
Animal Agriculture Alliance
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe appointed Animal Agriculture Alliance President and CEO Kay Johnson Smith, to the Board of Agriculture and Customer Services, on Oct. 13, 2014. “With more than 25 years of working in agriculture promotion, marketing, policy and education, I hope my passion and experience will help agriculture continue to grow in the Commonwealth,” said Johnson Smith.
Archer Daniels Midland Company
On Aug. 26, 2014, Archer Daniels Midland Company announced the opening of its global headquarters and customer center in Chicago, Ill. “As we continue to grow our company, this location allows us to more easily reach global markets, while keeping us in close contact with U.S. farmers, customers and operations,” said ADM chairman Patricia Woertz. On Jan. 1, ADM appointed Juan R. Luciano to chief executive officer, succeeding Woertz.
Dr. Greg Rosales with Avaigen received the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s Lamplighter Award at the International Poultry Expo in honor of exemplary and sustained service to the egg and poultry industry. For eight years, Rosales has served on the USPOULTRY Foundation Research Advisory Committee.
Two-thousand and fifteen marks the 150th anniversary for Cargill. In lieu of celebration, Cargill launched a new website devoted to highlighting company milestones and stories. Sarena Lin, succeeding Joe Stone, was named president of Cargill’s global compound feed business unit on Oct. 6. Lin previously was the corporate vice president and head of strategy and business development at Cargill.
JBS United President and previous Chairman of AFIA, Dr. Donald Orr, was recognized for serving more than 25 years with the American Society of Animal Science, the American Dairy Science Association and the Canadian Society of Animal Science Joint Annual meeting that was held in Kansas City, Mo., July 20-24, 2014. Orr, an industry leader, has helped the company to grow its annual revenue to exceed more than $500 million in 2013, and has assisted in the implementation of a research and development team.
Kalmbach Feeds celebrated the opening of its new 20,000-square-foot feed packaging facility in Carey, Ohio, Oct. 30, 2014. The one-of-a-kind production facility is home to the first installed, fully automated palletizing line in the U.S. feed industry. Kalmach Feeds also expanded its climate controlled warehouse to a total of 90,000-square-feet.
Kansas State University
Kansas State University International Grains Program renamed itself as the IGP Institute. The name, originally established in 1978, better reflects the definition and direction the program is headed, according to Associate Director Mark Fowler.
Kindstrom-Schmoll celebrated its 60th anniversary on July 24, 2014, at the Olympic Hills Country Club in Eden Prairie, Minn. More than 90 customers, suppliers and family members attended the event. Kindstrom-Schmoll, founded by Wally Schmoll, is a third generation company started in 1954.
Kreamer Feed, Inc.
Kreamer Feed, Inc., named Jason C. Robinson president on Dec. 1, 2014. Robinson, formerly vice president, is excited to continue the initiated legacy of his grandfather, George W. Robinson, and will continue serving as chairman of the board.
Ag Partners LLC
Lincoln Supply LLC, a joint-venture between local agricultural investors and Ag Partners LLC, added a second mill tower at the feed facility in Ellsworth, Iowa. The new mill is 160-feet tall and has the capacity to produce 100 tons of pellet per hour—nearly twice that of the first mill.
Fiona Dawson was named president of Mars Food with responsibility for Mars Drinks and European Sales on Jan. 1. Dawson succeeded Poul Weihrauch, previous president of Mars Global Petcare. On Feb. 15, Andrew Clarke was named Mars, Inc.’s chief customer officer and member of the Mars Leadership Team. Also joining Clarke to the Mars Leadership Team is Bruce McColl, Mars’ chief marketing officer.
Old Bridge Chemicals
Old Bridge Chemicals announced the expansion of its zinc sulfate granular facilities, now equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to produce zinc sulfate in an efficient and pure manner. With the equipment upgrade, the production facility is more environmentally friendly and can decrease the amount of heavy metals and impurities in products.
Tyson Foods Fresh Retail Division of Wilkesboro, N.C., was awarded the 2014 Clean Water Award presented by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association during USPOULTRY’s Environmental Management Seminar in Destin, Fla. The annual award recognizes water reclamation facilities that have shown exemplary performance in the poultry industry.
U.S. Poultry & Egg Assoication
During the International Poultry Expo, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association President John Starkey was awarded the 2015 USPOULTRY “Workhorse of the Year” award for his leadership and service to the association and the poultry industry.
Steve VanRoekel, president and CEO of Ridley, Inc., was named Connect Business Magazine’s Business Person of the Year, 2015. VanRoekel has previously served as chairman of AFIA.
James Adams with Wenger Feeds received the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s Lamplighter Award at the International Poultry Expo in honor of exemplary and sustained service to the egg and poultry industry. Adams was USPOULTRY’s chairman in 2013 and has served on the board of directors since 2002.