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Agrimarketing : October 2007
Members of the National Corn Growers Association's (NCGA) Agri-Industry Council (AIC) gather at the Council's inaugural meeting held this summer in Williamsburg, VA. AIG members represent companies involved in the crop nutrient, transportation, seed/traits, processors/ exporters, farm equipment, bio-fuels, and crop protec- tion industries. At its meeting, AIG members partici- pated in exchanging ideas and opinions that affect the profitability of corn growers including the food vs fuel debate, global trade policy, and improving the U.S. infrastructure. Guest speakers included Rik Kirkland of Fortune magazine and William Kristol of The Weekly Standard and Fox News who discussed the world economy and provided insider views of Washington D.C. (Inset) AIG Executive members (L to R), Ron Letterer, First VP/NCGA; Rick Tolman, NCGA CEO; Shannon Herzfeld, ADM VP Gov't Affairs; Rod Weinzierl, IL Corn Growers Assoc, Exec Dir; and the AIG Co-Chairs Neil Strong, Syngenta, and NCGA Pres Ken McCauley. MACA AWARD WINNERS 8 AgriMarketing October 2007 USDA Chief Economist Dr. Keith Collins (center) is pre- sented the American Agricultural Editors' Assoc's (AAEA) Distinguished Service Award by AAEA Pres Marcia Zarley Taylor, DTN, and Committee Chairman Larry Dreilling, High Plains Journal. Collins has played a key role in the development of almost every piece of national agricultural legislation since the mid 1980s. He was cited for his access and a "terrific source" by AAEA members. (Inset) Taylor passes the gavel to new AAEA Pres John Walter, Agriculture Online/Successful Farming. AAEA DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD NCGA'S INAUGURAL AGRI-INDUSTRY COUNCIL The Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) hon- ored several industry, media and academic leaders at its recent annual meeting in St. Louis, MO. Shown (L to R) are MACA Pres, Alan Strohmaier, Meister Media Worldwide; Jack Dutra, JD Dutra Information Services --- winner of the Industry Vision Award; Don Bradley, Murray Equipment Co.--- Dean Roy Achievement Award; Dr. Bryan Young, Southern Illinois University (SIU) --- Educator of the Year; Ray Sullivan --- Ambassador of the Year; Eric Sfiligoj, CropLife --- Ruth White Media Award, and MACA Immediate Past Pres Jim Jenkins, Syngenta. AM
November December 2006
November December 2007