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Business Briefs - July 17, 2013
Beck’s expands territory into Tennessee and Kentucky
 ATLANTA, Ind. — Beck’s Hybrids is excited to announce a new territory expansion into the western two-thirds of Tennessee, plus 35 additional counties in eastern Kentucky. With this expansion, more than one million acres of corn and soybeans, as well as 500,000 acres of wheat, has been added to Beck’s marketing area.
Before adding a new sales territory, it was important to Beck’s to have the infrastructure in place first, in order to better serve farmers. In July 2012, it purchased its first permanent location in Kentucky. Located in Henderson, the land and newly-built facility is an ideal location for farmers in Beck’s southern marketing area. The 150-acre property will include a distribution center that provides educational and agronomic support.

Beck’s also conducts Practical Farm Research (PFR) studies and will store research equipment for Beck’s Southern Choice Trials at the Henderson facility. PFR studies include testing different management practices and new technologies to determine how they perform in varying field environments. Farmers can expect to tour the PFR studies at Beck’s Kentucky Field Show Aug. 6.

Michigan DOT seeks public input on draft freight plan
LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is seeking public comments on a draft freight plan, which is a supplement to the state’s 2035 transportation plan. Comments will be accepted through Aug. 7.

The draft freight plan is a comprehensive overview of the state’s freight transportation system, including system performance, existing assets and investments required to ensure long-term success, MDOT officials said in a press release. The state defines freight as any good, product or raw material carried by commercial transportation modes, including rail, air, highway, water and pipeline.

Designed to be a multi-modal and intermodal resource, the draft freight plan will provide an overall framework for Michigan’s freight system improvements and priorities, including a list of projects that will improve freight mobility in the state, MDOT officials said.

H&R Agri-Power earns Case IH Pinnacle Excellence status
RACINE, Wis. — Case IH is pleased to recognize H&R Agri-Power in Hopkinsville, Ky., for achieving Pinnacle Excellence status in all five areas of the business – Parts, Operations, Service, Marketing and Sales. H&R Agri-Power is one of three complexes in North America to achieve Pinnacle Excellence in all categories.

Pinnacle Excellence Program is a companywide initiative developed cooperatively by Case IH and the Case IH Dealer Advisory Board to help dealers deliver a best-in-class experience in today’s constantly changing agriculture landscape. It recognizes dealerships for achievement in the key areas identified as important to success by both dealers and Case IH.

Monsanto’s drought trait receives China import OK

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — China, a major importer of U.S. corn grain and dried distillers grain solubles, has officially granted full regulatory import authorization for Monsanto Co.’s MON 87460 trait, the biotechnology trait in Genuity DroughtGard Hybrids, as part of a broader series of approvals.

Farmers who purchased DroughtGard Hybrids for planting in 2013 signed a grain stewardship agreement committing to use it as on-farm feed or to sell for domestic use due to pending import approvals in key export markets. With the approval in China, Monsanto will remove the grain stewardship requirements, and grain will no longer be required to remain in the domestic market.
The Genuity DroughtGard Hybrids system combines germplasm selected for its drought-tolerance characteristics, the drought-tolerance biotechnology trait and agronomic recommendations.