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Agrimarketing : April 2009
Pro-ethanol groupGrowth Energy names TomBuis as its newCEO. Hewas Pres of theNational Farmers Union. The associa- tion also appoints former IA Congressman JimNussle as Special Advisor to the Board ofDirectors.He was theDir of theOffice ofManage- ment and Budget from2007-2009. GeneralWesley Clarkwill Buis serve as the organization’sNational Co-Chairman. TheNational Cattlemen’sBeef Association (NCBA)withdraws its membership of the Food Before Fuel Coalition. “The Coalition has been a good partner in our efforts to raise aware- ness about the harmful impacts of the government’s excessive subsi- dization of the ethanol industry,” saysGary Voogt, Pres ofNCBAand rancher fromMarne,MI. “As the Coalition’swork broadens, however, we remain focused on a single goal: ensuring a level playing field for our cattle producers.” He reportsNCBAisworking to reduce or eliminate the three govern- ment interventions for the ethanol industry: the renewable fuelsman- date, the blender’s tax credit and the import tariff. U.S.Wheat Associates (USW) an- nounces several changes to staff assignments thatwill take place before Sept. 1, 2009. SteveWirsching, currently Deputy Dir/WestCoast Office, Port- land, OR,will become Dir and John Oades, VP/WestCoast Office,will begin a transition to retirement under a part-time contract as a VP. Mark Samson, Reg’l VP/South Asia, Singapore, announces he is leaving USWto return to the U.S. Mike Spier, currentlyAss’t Reg’l Dir/Manila, Philippines,will trans- fer later this year to Singapore as Reg’l VP/SouthAsia. Shane Townsend, currently Trade PolicyAnalyst in the Arlington, VA,headquarters,will transfer toManila asAss’t Reg’l Dir. 20 Agri Marketing s April 2009 Ian Flagg, currentlyMarketAna- lyst in theArlington, VA, headquar- ters has accepted a transfer to the Cairo, Egypt, office to becomeAss’t Reg’l Dir in theMiddle East, East andNorthAfrica Region. Hewill replace Shannon Schlechtwho transfers toArlington as Deputy Dir of Policy. In addition, Reg’l Technical Dir Peter Lloyd,will transfer from the Tunis, Tunisia, office to the Casablanca,Morocco office. Thirteen seed companies, proces- sors and researchers of camelina have formed theNorth American Camelina Trade Association (NACTA) to promote research, pro- duction and the development of newmarkets for camelina. The crop is a relatively new energy crop that is amember of the mustard family and a distant relative to canola. Its high oil content and other propertiesmake it a fit for biodiesel production. The officers ofNACTAare: Pres—Scott Johnson, Gen’lMgr, Sustainable Oils; Treas—Craig Parker, CEO,Willamette Biomass Processors; Sec’y—David King, COO, Great Plains—The Camelina Company. FarmFoundation announces a com- petition for innovative and promis- ing public policy options to address challenges facing agriculture and the food system. The programis open to anyone with an interest in the public policy issues outlined in the foundation’s report, “The 30-Year Challenge: Agriculture’s Strategic Role in Feed- ing and Fueling a GrowingWorld.” The foundation intends to award cash prizes totaling $20,000. Formore information, go to: www.farmfoundation.org. The U.S.Grains Council names Melisa Augusto as its newMember- ship and Comms Coordinator. She recently had beenwith WorldWide Sires. DavidWood is elected Pres of CattleFax, amember-owned and member-directed cattlemarket infor- mation and research organization. He is COO and Beef Division Chmn forHarris Farms, Inc. JamesHerring ofAmarillo, TX, is the newPres-elect of CattleFax.He is Pres/CEO of Friona Industries, L. P., the fourth largest cattle feeding operation in the U.S. The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) recognizes W.Atlee Burpee&Co. as its longest consecutivemember. It joined the association 123 years ago. Bill Fleet is namedActing COO at TheNational FFAOrganization where hewill guide the organization during the time required to conduct a national executive search for a full- time chief operating officer. Fleet retired in 2006 as VP/North America sales for PioneerHi-Bred. Prior to joiningPioneer in 1982, Fleet taught agricultural education for four years at the highschool level and served as both FFAadvisor andadvi- sor for adult farmers inDover, PA. AM The newAGCONNECT Expo 2010, owned by the Association of EquipmentManufacturers, is scheduled for Orlando, January 12-15, 2010. Lastmonth, several organizations announced their participationwithAG CONNECT Expo 2010: American Society of Agricultural&Biological Engineers (ASABE), Florida FarmBureau (FFB),North American EquipmentDealers Association (NAEDA),National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), andWestern CanadianWheatGrowers Association (WCWGA) announced their involvement in the event. The Expowas also selected by the U.S.Department of Commerce as one of the fewtrade shows in its International Buyer Program. Earlier,Agrievolution (World Summit onAgriculturalMachinery), FarmEquipmentManufacturers Association (FEMA), Informa Economics,National Association of ConservationDistricts (NACD), Successful Farmingmagazine, The U.S.-Mongolian Business Forum committed to being involvedwithAG CONNECT Expo 2010. AM
May 2009 Supplement