Verdant Partners LLC has broadened its consulting practice through the formation of a separate business unit named Verdant AgriBusiness Consultants. Headquartered in Champaign, Ill., Verdant AgriBusiness Consultants will provide confidential strategic advice and business management direction for privately held companies, public corporations, technology companies and other food and agribusiness organizations whose business plan depends on production agriculture.

The new business unit will focus on strategic business plan development, technology strategy and alliances, market and industry analysis, feasibility studies, post-merger integration, as well as other management consulting projects.

Verdant Partners also announced that Michael A. Mazzocco, PhD, will become Director of Verdant AgriBusiness Consultants, effective Nov. 1.

Before joining Verdant AgriBusiness Consultants, Mazzocco was a faculty member at the University of Illinois with appointments in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, the Department of Business Administration, and the Executive Development Center.