Seed industry veteran joins Ceres

Ceres Inc., an energy crop company in Thousand Oaks, Calif., has appointed Michael Stephenson, former general manager for AgReliant Genetics LLC, as vice president of operations. The long-time seed industry veteran will oversee the company's agronomy teams, which are developing new energy crops for cellulosic biofuels and biopower production. Stephenson has chaired the American Seed Trade Association's corn and sorghum division, and has served as president of the Soybean Research Foundation.