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Zinpro Promotes Micah Boysel

Zinpro Corporation, maker of performance trace mineral nutrition for livestock, poultry, aquaculture and companion animals, has announced that Micah Boysel has been promoted to central district manager – North America. In his new role, Boysel will be responsible for leading and managing the company’s U.S. and Canada central district sales teams to drive sales growth and customer success across all species, according to a release from the company.

He joined Zinpro in 2007 as the Central Midwest account manager, where he grew the company’s business across Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. In 2018, he transitioned into a key account manager role for North America and in 2019 assumed an enterprise account manager role. In each new role, he focused on identifying challenges and customizing business and nutritional solutions for key customers.

Elanco Expands Executive Team to Lead Company Post Bayer Animal Health Acquisition

Elanco Animal Health Incorporated announced it will expand its existing leadership team, adding a chief marketing officer and three commercial leaders to its current executive committee. The expanded team adds depth and experience to position Elanco for continued growth, a release from the company says.

“With our anticipated addition of Bayer Animal Health, we’re looking to ensure we have the right structure and right leadership in place to support the combined organization and accelerate the benefits we’ve already experienced in being singularly focused on animal health,” said Jeff Simmons, president and CEO of Elanco, in the release. “Our people have always been Elanco’s differentiator. So, in our executive selection process we focused on identifying people-focused leaders with a proven ability to build, lead and grow an integrated, global business.”

The existing Elanco executive committee will remain and will be complemented with key leaders from Bayer Animal Health post-closing, as well as outside expertise that will help propel the combined company to new levels of leadership.

The new Elanco Executive Committee members include:

Dirk Ehle, current global head of Bayer Animal Health, will join Elanco as executive vice president and president Elanco Europe at the closing of the Bayer Animal Health acquisition. Ehle has spent 18 years with Bayer AG in a variety of leadership roles, and the past eight as the leader of Bayer Animal Health.

Joyce Lee, currently president of North America for Bayer Animal Health, will join Elanco as executive vice president and president US Pet Health and Commercial Operations at acquisition closing.

Racquel Harris Mason joins Elanco as executive vice president and chief marketing officer, effective immediately.

José Simas is rejoining Elanco to become executive vice president US Farm Animal, leaving his position as president of Trouw Nutrition USA.

Lallemand Animal Nutrition now accepting applications for sixth annual Forward scholarship

Lallemand Animal Nutrition is offering the Lallemand Forward Scholarship for students pursuing degrees in agriculture. The 2020 program offers: two $2,500 undergraduate scholarships, one $3,000 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine scholarship, one $3,000 master’s program scholarship and one $3,000 doctoral scholarship. Applications are open to students in the United States, Mexico and Canada, a release from the company says.

“After awarding scholarships over the last five years and seeing the vast amount of exceptional candidates, we are excited to see what this year’s pool of applications brings,” says Jeff Ast, Commercial Director, North and South America, Lallemand Animal Nutrition, in the release. “The continual investment into this scholarship program, is our commitment to students and their future in the agriculture industry.”

Criteria for undergraduate scholarship applicants are:
• Must be a full-time student, pursuing a four-year degree in an agricultural program
• Hold junior status or higher (minimum of 60 credit hours)
• Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent
• Must submit the Forward application, transcript and a 500-word essay answering one of three essay questions found in the full guidelines

Criteria for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine scholarship applicants are:
• Must be a full-time student, in their third year of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program focused on production animals
• Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent
• Must submit a 300- to 500-word statement on their career plans after graduation
• Must submit the Forward application, transcripts and a 500-word essay answering one of three essay questions found in the full guidelines

Criteria for master’s and doctoral scholarship applicants are:
• Must be enrolled in an accredited master’s or Ph.D. program in animal, agricultural sciences or a related field
• Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent
• Must submit the Forward application, synopsis of work, transcripts and a 500-word essay answering one of three essay questions found in the full guidelines

All scholarship submissions are due to by Friday, August 7, 2020. For questions regarding the scholarship, email Scholarships will be awarded during the fall 2020 semester, the company says.

Governor Abbott Appoints Commissioners to Texas Animal Health Commission

Governor Greg Abbott appointed two new Commissioners to the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), Jimmie Ruth Evans representing the sheep and goat industry and Melanie Johnson, Ed.D., representing the general public, according to a commission release. The Governor also reappointed Kenneth “Ken” Jordan representing livestock markets, Barret J. Klein representing the swine industry, Joe Leathers representing the equine industry, and Thomas “Tommy” Oates representing the exotic livestock and fowl industry.

Jimmie Ruth Evans of San Antonio is a rancher and partner of Wittenburg Ranch. She is a member and past president of the San Antonio Livestock and Rodeo, and the honorary chair of the Young Women’s Leadership Academy. Evans is also a member and past president of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association. Evans received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Texas Tech University.

Melanie Johnson, Ed.D. of Houston is the president and CEO of Collaborative for Children. She previously served as president and CEO of the John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science. Prior to this appointment, she served as NASA’s Space Center Houston’s Director of Education. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the HCA Houston Medical Center and the Foundation Board of Texas Southern University, and former member of the Council of the Texas Association of Museums. Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts in International Trade and French from Auburn University, a Master of Hospitality Management from the University of Houston, and a Doctorate of Education from Texas Southern University.

Kenneth “Ken” Jordan of San Saba is the owner and operator of K Jordan Enterprises, Inc., and is the Mayor of San Saba. He is a member of the Texas Southwest Cattle Raisers Association, Livestock Marketing Council, National Finance Credit Corporation of Texas, and San Saba Chamber of Commerce. Jordan received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Texas A&M University.

Barret J. Klein of Boerne is owner of Klein Farms and Klein Smoked Meats, LLC. He is a member and former president of the Texas Pork Producers Association, National Spotted Swine Association, Texas Association of Meat Processors, and the Kendall County Economic Development Corporation. He is also a volunteer with Kendall County 4-H, Kendall County FFA, and the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. Klein received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Texas A&M University.

Joe Leathers of Guthrie is the general manager of 6666 Ranch. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Texas Southwest Cattle Raisers Association, U.S. CattleTrace, Inc., and is a member of the National Ranching Heritage Association. Leathers attended Clarendon College.

Thomas “Tommy” Oates of Huntsville is a rancher and owner of Huntsville Livestock. He currently serves as the president of the Exotic Wildlife Association. Oates attended Sam Houston State University.

AFIA and KSU Launch Online, On-Demand Feed Education Modules

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and Kansas State University (KSU) have launched an online and on-demand extension of their well-respected AFIA/KSU-500, “Fundamentals of Feed Manufacturing,” online course. The online modules are ideal for employees who need to understand more about the animal food industry or their specific role in the operation, a release states.

“We are very excited to offer our industry a new and flexible way to educate employees working in feed manufacturing facilities,” said Gary Huddleston, AFIA’s director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs, in the release. “There’s not a lot of good available opportunities for feed manufacturing employees to complete skills training and these online modules will give plant managers an affordable option without travel.”

Courses can be taken at a time that best fits employee schedules and needs. The modules include narrated presentations and knowledge checks. Participants will receive a certificate of completion after successfully finishing the module.

Available modules include:
• AFIA 500A: Overview of U.S. Feed Industry and History
• AFIA 500B: Batching, Mixing and Particle Size Reduction
• AFIA 500C: Pelleting Process
• AFIA 500D: Finished Product Packaging and Bulk Loadout
• AFIA 500E: Basics of Quality Assurance
• AFIA 500F: Boilers and Boiler Efficiency
• AFIA 500G: Preventive Maintenance, Sanitation and Energy Conservation

The courses are open to anyone within the feed industry, but AFIA member employees will receive discounted registration rates. For more information on the modules, visit AFIA’s website.

AP Remote Tech Support Helps Protect Hog Producers During COVID-19 Restrictions

AP is helping pork producers remain fully operational and safe during the COVID-19 outbreak by providing primary technical assistance remotely for current as well as older barn controllers, a release says.

At AP’s Technical Support Center in Sioux City, working models of all controller systems produced and sold by AP over the last 30 years are available to troubleshoot with when a customer calls, which eliminates the need of a dealer or technician visit to the farm.

“This setup is really unique in the pork industry, and it’s especially important in the current health environment,” said Mark Oberreuter, tech team manager, in the release. “AP has always had a strong focus on customer service, and recent advancements in remote monitoring technology have enabled us to further strengthen that commitment.”

For producers who use AP’s advanced EDGE® controller, first introduced in 2015, the tech team can link to the customer unit anywhere in the world via the Internet, whether to help diagnose and address an environmental issue or to simply offer assistance with controller settings.

If a producer has a controller prior to EDGE, the tech team can access the exact same model from the center to resolve the issue by phone or video chat.

New remote video assistance

The AP team is also using a new remote video assistance tool called SightCall. This software allows a tech to view what a customer shows via their smartphone and then interact with the image shown on the screen. The tool utilizes a Telestrator-like device that enables the tech member to draw a freehand sketch over a moving or still video image, the release says.

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