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Agrimarketing : July 2009
16 Assn News:13 Assn News 7/15/09 1:35 PM Page 16 ASSOCIATION NEWS The American Society of Agronomy (ASA), plans to establish and implement a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) programin SouthAsia, targeting frontline agronomists employed by private companies, non-government organizations and public sector agencies. ASA’s partner is Cereal System Initiative for South Asia (CSISA), which brings together a range of public- and private sector organizations to enable sustainable cereal production in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh andNepal. U.S.Grains Council names Alvaro Cordero asMgr, Int’l Operations for SorghumMktg. He has been active in the international grain trade since 1993. Daily Updates on www.AgriMarketing.com More than 150 of the nation’s leaders in the field of agriculture gathered at the Danforth Plant Center, St. Louis, MO, to attend the National 4-HCouncil’s “GenerationAg Summit where they discussed the challenges and opportunities involved in developingAmerica’s future ag industryworkforce. Other hosts included Monsanto,DuPont,Osborn&Barr, AgCareers.comand AgriMarketingmagazine. Shown are the opening panel (l to r)Don Floyd, Pres/CEO,National 4-HCouncil; James Borel, Group VP-Agriculture, DuPont; Carl Casale, ExecVP, Strategy and Ops,Monsanto; E.Gordon Gee, Pres, TheOhio State University, and Jeremy Embalabala, CEO, TechOctane and a current student at the University of Illinois. (Inset)Also addressing the attendeeswasDr. Rajiv Shah, USDA Cordero The Center for Strategy in Agriculture namesDon Ricketts as CEO. He hasworked forNational Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Live Stock&Meat Board, IN MEMORIAM Jack Eberspacher, 55, passed away frombrain cancer. He had been CEO/ President of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA), Washington, D.C., since 2001. Hewas born and raised on a livestock operation inNebraska. After graduating fromthe University ofNebraskawith a B.S. inAnimal Science, hemanaged a large cattle ranch inGeorgia.He was named CEOof theNational Grain SorghumProducersAssociation in Lubbock, TX, andmoved toWashington to serve as CEOof theNationalAssociation ofWheat Growers (NAWG) before joining ARA. 16 Agri Marketing s July/August 2009 Under Sec’y of Research, Education and Economics and Chief Scientist who spoke about the importance of science to the future ofAmerica’s food and agriculture systemand the critical role that 4-His playing in attracting a newgeneration of young innovators to the industry. At the summit, 4-Hpresented the concept for a newcustomizable, online learning systemcalled “Project Pathways,”which is currently in development. Created to spark early youth interest—ages nine to 19— in the ag sciences, the programwill feature awide variety of hands-on topics and activities fromgenetic engineering, agro-robotics and sustainable agriculture to productmarketing, plant science, animal science and ag communications. AM WACattlemen’s Association,WA State Beef Commission and Cattle Fax. TheNational CornGrowers Association promotes Ken Colombini to Dir of Communications.Hewas Sr CommsMgr and prior worked for Anheuser-Busch. The Illinois Soybean Association and United Soybean Board develop and fund a newinteractive soybean exhibit at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo “Farm-in-the-Zoo Presented by JohnDeere.” The 15-foot exhibit is entitled “Soybeans: Growing Food, GrowingWorld.“ The Illinois Soybean Association names Craig Ratajczyk as Sr Dir. Hewasmost recentlywith the U.S. Soybean Export Council. Colombini TheDairy Calf&Heifer Association names Cindy Hackmann as its newExec Dir. She had beenwithOsborn&Barr. The United Soybean Board (USB) will establish an educationalwing in theWorld Food Prizes’sHall of Laureateswith specific focus on a biotechnologymodule thatwill stress the value of biotechnology in increasing production ofU.S. soybeans. It has also committed to develop andmaintain a biotechnology kiosk in the educationalwing. AM
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