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Agrimarketing : September 2009
September 2009 Agri Marketing 17 Leaders from academia and the beef industry form an independent advisory group named the North American Food Animal Well- being Commission for Beef (NAFAWC-Beef). Dan Thomson, Kansas State University, and Joseph Stookey, Western College of Veterinary Medi- cine, University of Saskatchewan, will serve as commission co-chairs. The group will advocate for increased research funding for animal well-being, facilitate the communication of research results in a more timely manner, advance best management practices in cattle health and welfare and serve as an unbiased, science- and production- based group to address concerns about animal well-being. The American Bankers Association's (ABA) Center for Agricultural and Rural Bank- ing will present its annual Brun- ing Award to Jeff Plagge of Northwest Financial Corp. He will be honored for his lifetime commitment to agri- cultural banking at ABA's national conference in November. The American Coalition for Ethanol, and the Renewable Fuels Assoc launches the "Blend Your Own Ethanol" or "BYOethanol" campaign. Its goal is to install 5,000 blender pumps nationwide over the next three years. Along with the National Corn Growers Association, several lead- ing corn-producing states are partici- pating in this program, including the Kansas Corn Commission, the Kentucky Corn Promotion Council, the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, the Nebraska Corn Board, and the South Dakota Corn Utiliza- tion Council. Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh, Professor of Ag Economics at Kansas State University, is elected Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Farm Foundation. Greg Heying, Sr VP/ Distribution for SUPERVALU, is named Vice Chair. It's report, "What's Driving Food Prices?," wins the 2009 Quality of Communication Award presented by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). The Illinois Soybean Association launches "The Yield Challenge," a competition designed to reward top growers and student teams to identify innovative management practices. It will be funded in part by the soybean check off. Agriculture Future of America (AFA) appoints Nancy Barcus as its new Dir of Leader Development. She returns to AFA after working for Adayana, Inc. Justin Gilpin returns to Kansas Wheat (KW) as its new CEO. From 2000 to 2006, Gilpin was International Marketing Specialist for KWC before joining General Mills where he coordinated logistics for three flour mills. KW redesigns its web site, adding new features and making navigation easier. The World Ag Expo expands its agri- culture seminars center, adding 15 seminars for its upcoming "Power- ing Global Agriculture" exposition in Tulare, CA, on Feb. 9-11, 2010. The center will occupy a 1,200- square-foot section of the dairy expansion area in the south section of the show grounds and will hold all seminars for the three-day expo. Jennifer Holdgreve joins the Washington office of The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) replacing Office Mgr Maud Jenkins, who retires. Kyle Fergason joins the St. Louis-based Research and Business Development team as the National Corn Yield Contest Specialist. AM Daily Updates on www.AgriMarketing.com ASSOCIATION NEWS (L to R) At its annual meeting, the U.S Grains Council Pres/CEO Ken Hobbie presents Lifetime Achievement Awards to Neil Strong from Syngenta and Terry Francl (far r) of the American Farm Bureau Federation. The council also honors Dr. Owen J. Newlin for his 40 years of dedicated involvement. He represents the American Seed Trade Asso- ciation on the council and has contributed tremendously to the council and the Grains Foundation's success. AM Plagge Barcus Robert McGovern (shown in both photos) Professor and Director of the Univ of Florida's Dr. of Plant Medicine program accepts a $30,000 contribution to the program from The Anderson's representative Joe Hodges (l) and $10,000 from the Florida Specialty Crops Foundation's Mike Carleton. The funds will used for student scholarships and other activities supporting the program. AM
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