Kater Hake, former University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisor in Kern County, is the new Delta and Pine Land Co. vice president of technology development.

The newly created position includes oversight of the development of new, innovative products for the company from product inception through commercialization, according to Steve M. Hawkins, D&PL president and chief operating officer.

Hake built his experience both at the company working internationally and with major trade associations in the U.S. as well as through other work in agriculture. Hake has previously led international technical service efforts for D&PL. Those efforts will combine with the efforts already headed by Tom Kerby, broadening Kerby's responsibilities to cover technical services testing and product development efforts globally.

Hake has over 20 years experience in all aspects of the cotton industry, most notably as head of the National Cotton Council's Cotton Physiology Education Program, which he initiated. He holds a Ph.D. in Botany/Plant Physiology and an M.S. in Agronomy/Plant Breeding from the University of California at Riverside and Davis.