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-- Hay hunting: A new Web site, HayFinder, matches hay producers with consumers looking to purchase hay - and is well positioned to serve the entire U.S. farming and ranching community. Cory Adams created the Internet directory which allows users...

-- Hay hunting: A new Web site, HayFinder, matches hay producers with consumers looking to purchase hay - and is well positioned to serve the entire U.S. farming and ranching community. Cory Adams created the Internet directory which allows users to submit a hay listing for free or search for hay in their area. Registration is required for suppliers. Consumers can search by ZIP code for local hay supplies. Information: www.hayfinder.com .

-- Western Growers staff: Wendy Fink-Weber, a communications professional with more than 25 years of high-level media relations experience, has joined Western Growers as the association's new director of communications.

-- Pioneer expansion: Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. plans to expand its Johnston, Iowa, operation in a new 40,000-square-foot office building, company officials say. The company aims to occupy the new four-acre facility by October, says Mark Miller, director of corporate services.

-- Endigo approved: Syngenta says the Environmental Protection Agency has approved Endigo insecticide for use in potatoes. Endigo is an enhanced product with two modes of action that combines knockdown and residual activity for sucking and chewing pests.

-- Food and drug chair: Nancy L. Buc, a partner in the law firm of Buc & Beardsley in Washington, has been elected chair of the board of directors of the Food and Drug Law Institute, the leading nonprofit association comprised of food and drug attorneys and manufacturers. Buc previously served as general counsel for the Food and Drug Administration from 1980 to 1981.

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-- DuPont profits Chemicals maker DuPont says its fourth-quarter earnings fell 37 percent from a year earlier, when one-time items bolstered the bottom line. But excluding those items, profit rose sharply and exceeded Wall Street expectations as the company's international business surged. Net income slid to $545 million, or 60 cents per share, from $871 million, or 94 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding a series of gains in each period, earnings rose to 57 cents per share from 45 cents per share last year. That result exceeded estimates on Wall Street, where analysts expected 49 cents per share, according to Thomson Financial.

- Agweek Wire Reports

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