Duane Findley has tendered his resignation as Chief Executive Officer of IAL (Irrigation Australia Limited). Duane’s last day in the role will be Friday January 15, 2016.
Andrew Ogden, Chair of Irrigation Australia Ltd said that Duane has told him that this was a difficult decision to make, however he felt that the new role he had been offered, as NSW State Manager of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, was a career opportunity that could not be passed up.
IAL is certainly in a much better position now than when Duane commenced with the organisation in April 2013, and his part in achieving this, in particular being back to a position of good financial health, should not be under-estimated.
Rothamsted Research, which is strategically funded by the BBSRC, and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) signed into effect a Co-operation Agreement outlining plans to establish the UK-China joint Centre for the Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture (CSIA). Rothamsted Research and numerous prestigious Chinese organisations and scientists have long and established fruitful collaborations. The new initiative aims at focusing collaborative research in a strategic manner across four areas that have been identified by researchers across all the partner organisations involved.
Valagro completes the acquisition of Sri Biotech Laboratories India Limited and affirms its status as global company in the sector of biologicals.
With the entry of SriBio, Valagro enters new market segments (biocontrol), new technologies (fermentation) and strengthens its presence in the Indian sub-continent.
The US company Vestaron Corporation is the winner of the inaugural Bernard Blum Award. The award ceremony took place on Monday 19th October in Basel, Switzerland, at the opening ceremony of the annual ABIM Congress, the largest Biopesticide industry gathering in the world. The Bernard Blum award was created by IBMA in memory of the association founding father Bernard Blum whom the award and trophy is dedicated to in this 20th anniversary of the formation of IBMA as an association. Dr Robert Kennedy, Chief Scientific Officer at Vestaron Corp, received the award from the hands of Dr Willem Ravensberg, President of IBMA, accompanied by Jean Pierre Leymonie, MD of New Ag International & Editor of 2B Monthly, official partners of the Award.
Last Friday Oct 23 the EU Commission published its long awaited roadmap document covering the various options for the revision of the EU current Fertilizer regulation. This indicative roadmap is provided by the EU authorities for information purposes only and is subject to change. It does not prejudge the final decision of the Commission on whether this initiative will be pursued or on its final content and structure but will be seen as a positive sign by the entire industry.