Bob Higby of Clovis, Calif., is the new western regional manager for Makhteshim-Agan of North America Inc. (MANA), according to Richard J. Farrar, MANA marketing manager. Higby was western regional sales manager for Griffin LLC 11 years before joining MANA.

He has more than 25 years of experience in agricultural sales, distribution and management. Higby will manage Western U.S. sales, distribution and product development programs for MANA.

He began his career with a sales position for Pennwalt Corp., where he later became national sales manager. He was branch manager for Western Farm Service locations at Five Points and Firebaugh, Calif. Later he was general manager of Gar Tootelian, Inc., Reedley, Calif.

A native of Bakersfield, Calif., he received his B.S. in Agricultural Business Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is a licensed California Pest Control Adviser.