Agfeed Industries, Inc. Announces Appointment of Raymond M. Cesca as President

NEW YORK, March 22, 2011 – AgFeed Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: FEED, NYSE Alternext: ALHOG - News) (“AgFeed” or the “Company”), an international agribusiness company with operations in the U.S. and China and one of the large independent hog producers and manufacturers of animal nutrients in China announced the addition of Raymond M. Cesca to its leadership team.  Mr. Cesca will serve as President of the Company and assume his responsibilities on April 1, 2011.

Most recently, Mr. Cesca served as Managing Director of World Trade for the McDonald’s Corporation where he was a leader of their global expansion. He led the establishment of new relationships that served to lower supply chain costs and helped build an infrastructure that created a world-class supply chain.  Prior to McDonald’s, Mr. Cesca served in leadership positions at CPC International in marketing, sales, and business development. In recent years he also has served as the President of the World Agricultural Forum where he brought together food and agricultural leaders from industry, government, and academia to address critical issues facing global agriculture.

John A. Stadler, AgFeed’s Chairman  Interim Chief Executive Officer stated, “Ray’s focus will be on the next phase of the Company’s growth, building on the foundation and momentum established through AgFeed’s 2010 acquisition of M2P2.  We expect that the global relationships with producers and governments developed by Ray through his career will be invaluable to us as we continue our growth trajectory.”  Mr. Stadler added, “We are very pleased to have Ray join our team.  He is an accomplished leader in the food industry with vast experience at all levels of the global food value chain and brings to AgFeed’s leadership team a terrific mix of operational experience that together with his passion for excellence and leadership will be a great compliment to our existing team as he plays a key role in helping to achieve our vision for AgFeed.”


NASDAQ Global Market Listed AgFeed Industries ( is an international agribusiness with operations in the U.S. and China.  AgFeed has two business lines animal nutrition in premix, concentrates and complete feeds and hog production. In the U.S., AgFeed’s hog production unit, M2P2, is a market leader in setting new standards for production efficiency and productivity. AgFeed believes the transfer of these processes, procedures and techniques will allow its new Western-style Chinese hog production units to set new standards for production in China. China is the world's largest pork market consuming 50% of global production and over 62% of total protein consumed in China is pork.  Hog production in China enjoys income tax free status.  


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Contact:  Investor Relations: AgFeed Industries, Inc.     Tel: (917) 804-3584     Email: [email protected] 

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