Agricultural firm H.J. Baker announced today that Dr. Kip Karges has joined the company's sales and marketing team as director of technical services, and Dr. Bob Hill has been promoted to technical director and new product development with the company's research and development team.

Karges joins H.J. Baker from AC Nutrition, bringing more than 20 years of experience as a nutritionist and nutrition researcher in the feed industry. Karges is most recognized for his work integrating bio-fuel co-products into viable feed for food production animals and providing direct support to customers, nutritionists and research scientists. In his role with H.J. Baker, Karges will continue to support customers while working closely with sales staff to analyze data, focusing on animal protein additives and supplemental products as well as identifying new solutions and products.


Hill's promotion to technical director and new product development places him in a lead role in research and development. His focus will be on identifying and developing market applications for new products that complement the H.J. Baker portfolio. Hill has been working with the feed industry for 32 years as a nutritionist and most recently led H.J. Baker's research team to accurately evaluate the amino acid digestibility coefficients in poultry for varying ages of birds.

"We strive to deliver the best, most effective feed products to the market, so our focus is on building a talented team to lead that effort," said H.J. Baker CEO Christopher Smith. "Kip brings a wealth of knowledge and in-depth understanding of nutrition, and he knows the feed industry inside and out," Smith added. "Bob has decades of nutrition experience and is a proven asset to H.J. Baker. As a Q/A leader and regulatory affairs administrator, this new role in research and development will be a perfect fit for him."