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Monsanto To Expand Production Facility

Monsanto has announced its intention to make an investment of up to $196 million over the next 18 months at its glyphosate manufacturing facility in Luling, La.

The planned development will increase the company’s global capacity to produce Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides.

Monsanto recently received authorization from the Louisiana Depart-ment of Environmental Quality on three permits which pave the way for the new enhancements at its Luling facility. The company’s investment is designed to both expand infrastructure and front-end manufacturing capacity at the facility.

These improvements have the potential to increase the site’s manufacturing capacity of Roundup agricultural herbicide by approximately 20 percent once finalized.

For more company information, go to www.monsanto.com.

Plant Health Care Promotes Greg Lewis

Plant Health Care, Inc. (PHC) has announced the promotion of Dr. Greg Lewis to vice president-corporate development. In this position, Lewis will be responsible for identifying and acquiring new technologies, product development and registrations, together with testing and licensing activities for PHC.

Lewis was the key architect in PHC’s strategic partnering agreements with Bayer CropScience AG and Monsanto Company.

For additional information, go to www.planthealthcare.com.

Texas Tech To Sponsor Global Textile Conference

The 5th edition of the International Conference on “Advances in Textiles, Nonwoven and Technical Textiles-ATNT 2008” will be organized by Texas Tech University in collaboration with Avinashilingam University for Women, Coimbatore, India, on July 14-16.

Several leading international professional bodies such as INDA, TAPPI (Nonwovens Division), IFAI (Safety and Protective Products Division) and Society of Dyers and Colorists (SDC-India) serve as honorary sponsors of this international meeting.

More information is available at www.atnt2008.com.

NCBI Re-elects Ayers As President

National Cotton Batting Institute members extended the terms of key officers for another year and elected one new director at the organization’s annual membership meeting in Baltimore.

Richard Ayers, managing director and chief financial officer of Jones Fiber Products, Inc., of Humboldt, Tenn., was re-elected president for 2008-09. Weston Arnall of Norman Paschall Co., Peachtree City, Ga., was re-elected vice president, and Fred Middleton of Southaven, Miss., was re-elected executive secretary-treasurer.

Doug Dyer of Searles Valley Minerals in Overland Park, Kan., was elected to a three-year term on the board. He succeeds Jay Stolfi, Rose Mill Co., East Hartford, Conn., whose term expired.

Ravi Kobawala, F. Hyman and Co., Chicago; John Rowland, Trace Industries, Inc., Houston, Miss.; Bruce Smith, McKay & Co., Roswell, Ga.; Tony Tamburro, Leigh Fibers, Spartanburg, S.C.; and Greg Windsperger, Airtex Industries, Inc., Cokato, Minn., complete the board.

For additional information, go to www.natbat.com.

Leverage Registered For Cotton, Soybeans

Soybean producers faced with the most damaging sucking and chewing pests have a new tool. Leverage 2.7SE insecticide from Bayer Crop-Science recently received EPA registration for soybeans.

Featuring two modes of action and a broad spectrum of protection, Leverage 2.7 controls a wide range of pests such as soybean aphid, bean leaf beetle, Japanese beetle and corn rootworm beetles. Leverage 2.7 is also registered for use in cotton.

For additional product information, interested parties can go online at www.BayerCropScienceUS.com.


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