George Gould's replacement ran the bull semen and dairy genetics company for seven years.
"The new CEO has a successful track record in agricultural innovation. What an outstanding appointment."
Net profit rises to $30m, or $1.017 a share, in the six months ended November 30, from $28m (94.7c) a year earlier.
Livestock Improvement Corp has granted an extension to Agria on the Chinese company's $10 million loan it used to help it take control of PGG Wrightson.
LIC stumped up the loan as part of Agria's $144m partial takeover of local rural services company PGG Wrightson.
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