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( Alison Fulton, Farm Journal )

Alltech appoints new chief scientific officer 
¬Alltech has appointed a new chief scientific officer to advance innovative research to improve the health and nutrition of animals, plants and people. Dr. Ronan Power has assumed the role following the retirement of Dr. Karl Dawson on June 28.

Power joined the Alltech team in 1991 as the European director of research and has been closely involved in the development of Alltech’s product portfolio, including its organic selenium, Sel-Plex®. He most recently served as the vice president of Alltech Life Sciences, a division dedicated to researching gut and brain health in humans, according to a company release. As chief scientific officer, Power will oversee more than 100 researchers worldwide, more than 20 research alliances spread over 12 countries and four bioscience centers located in the United States, China, the Netherlands and Ireland.

He will focus on innovation, furthering the development of nutrition technology that supports the agriculture industry in sustainably feeding a rising global population. He says the speed at which technological advancements are occurring makes it difficult to determine the “next big thing,” but his team will prioritize the exploration of the biome and products that enhance energy metabolism in production animals.

Retiring after 20 years with Alltech, Dawson was introduced to the company in its early days as he developed a friendship with the late Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder of Alltech, in 1981. The two scientific visionaries remained in close contact during Dawson’s 20-year tenure as a professor of nutritional microbiology and director of the nutritional microbiology laboratory in the department of animal sciences at the University of Kentucky. He joined Alltech full time in 1999.

In recent years, Dawson has provided leadership for nutrigenomics research initiatives, which have led to strategic programs that use epigenetic switches to more effectively control nutrient utilization and improve animal health. Dawson’s partnership with Alltech will continue into his retirement, as he will chair the company’s scientific advisory board and help guide its core research areas.

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Costco’s Wilson elected president of The Center for Food Integrity Board 
Costco’s Craig Wilson is the new president of The Center for Food Integrity (CFI) Board of Directors. Wilson, vice president of quality assurance and food safety at Costco Wholesale Corporation, is among a new slate of officers and board members who represent the diversity of today’s food and agriculture industries and will bring unique perspectives to CFI’s mission of earning trust in today’s food system. Wilson was elected by the CFI board at its July meeting in Kansas City, a company release said.
In addition, the board named National Pork Board chief executive officer Bill Even as vice president. He previously served as the Global Industry Relations Lead for DuPont Pioneer. Secretary/Treasurer is Kirk Merritt, executive director of Ohio Soybean Council. Directors elected to the executive committee are David Fikes, Food Marketing Institute; Monica Massey, Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.; and Emily McMillan, Chick-Fil-A, Inc. 
The CFI Board of Directors includes industry leaders Keith Dailey, The Kroger Company; Robin Kinney, American Farm Bureau Federation; Stewart Leeth, Smithfield Foods; Sean Leighton, Cargill; Tammy McElroy, Sysco Corporation; Debra Miller, Ph.D., National Confectioners Association; Sara Payne, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation; Ernst van Orsouw, Genus/PIC; Judson Vasconcelos, DVM, Ph.D., Merck Animal Health; and Mindy Whittle, Bayer. Serving as CFI CEO is Charlie Arnot and CFI Executive Director is Terry Fleck.
CFI extends its appreciation to the following individuals for their commitment and support to the board as their time serving comes to an end: CFI Board President Doyle Karr, Corteva; John Baugh, Purdue University; Leon Bruner, Grocery Manufacturers Association; Len Heflich, Grupo Bimbo; Philip Lobo, SmithBucklin; and Amy Roady, Illinois Soybean Association.

CFI’s goal is to help today’s food system earn trust, with a vision of a transparent, sustainable food system in which practices align with consumer expectations and the public discussion is well-informed and balanced. CFI represents the diversity of today’s food system through its many members and partners. To learn more about CFI, visit

EveryPig expands to Canada, partners with Glacier Pig Management
EveryPig, the intelligent pig health management platform, is expanding to the Canadian marketplace through a new strategic partnership with Glacier Pig Management. A company release said the companies will break new ground by bringing innovative pig health and production management technology to Canada’s swine industry. 

The partnership is the result of a distribution agreement between the companies aimed at helping pork producers across Canada stay on top of pig health issues, increase farm biosecurity, monitor inventory remotely, and view caregiving and farm manager activity, among other key benefits.

Chris Tokaruk, president of TTT Stock Company and Glacier Pig Management based in the Winnipeg, Canada area, has more than 15 years of experience in the Canadian pig market. His clients will be the first to take advantage of the wide-ranging benefits that EveryPig’s easy-to-use platform offers to both producers and veterinarians. The companies will be covering EveryPig accounts in both Canada and Montana.

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Honegger hired as Allflex swine specialist
Allflex USA, part of Antelliq hired Lauren Honegger as the swine specialist. In her new role, Honegger will be based in Champaign, Ill., and will be responsible for on-farm sales and technical support, including implementation of, and training and education on, identification products and data collection.

Honegger graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a master’s degree with emphasis in meat science and muscle biology. Her graduate research focused on cooking and consumers’ perception of pork. She also gained hands-on experience in all phases of swine production as assistant manager at the Imported Swine Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois, a company release said.

In addition to her experience in graduate school, she’s been active in the pork industry serving as a Team Purebred junior board member and intern with the National Pork Board.

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