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Agrimarketing : March 2012
14 Agri Marketing March 2012 ASSOCIATION NEWS Daily Updates on www.AgriMarketing.com The United Soybean Board and Nat'l Corn Growers Assn's joint web site, www.FindOurCommnGround.com, is re-launched to help consumers find answers about farming and food. The enhanced site introduces visitors to farmer volunteers and focuses on the top eight issues consumers ask volunteers about food: animal welfare, GMO foods, antibiotics, hormones, corporate farms, local/organic, food prices and safety. Dr. P. Bai Akridge joins the National 4-H Council as Dir of Global Projects. He had been with WorldWise Services, Inc. and has worked for Higher Education for Development and IMB Corporation. In his new position, he will build and execute National 4-H Council's global strategy through the Global Clover Network, support the network of global 4-H programs and drive new global partnership opportunities. CropLife America (CLA) releases information marking the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson's book, "Silent Spring," which was a major contributor to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and pesticide regulation. Throughout the year, CLA will participate in a number of one-on- one discussions about Silent Spring and how the crop protection industry has advanced. For more, see CLA's web site www.croplife america.org. CLA also announces details of the "Tell Me More Masters in Modern Agriculture" (MMA) program. The multi-faceted program is geared to get CLA member company and state association employees to speak up on behalf of modern agriculture. To earn the honorary degree, participants must successfully complete a series of quizzes and submit a verbal or written essay. Haley Siergiej joins the Nutrients for Life Foundation (NFLF) as Reg'l Representative in IL. The position is made possible with support from CF Industries. Randall C. Gordon, is named acting Pres for the Nat'l Feed and Grain Assn, succeeding Kendell W. Keith who is retiring after more than 31 years with the organization. Gordon was VP of Communications and Government Relations for the association. The independent, non-profit Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is founded to advance continuous improvement across the global beef industry. Founding members include AllFlex, Allianca de Terra, Cargill, Elanco, Grupo de Trabalho da Pecuaria Sustentavel (GTPS), JBS, McDonald's, Merck Animal Health, National Wildlife Federation, Rainforest Alliance, Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Australia, Solidaridad, The Nature Conservancy, Walmart and the World Wildlife Fund. Scott Faber joins the Environmental Working Group as VP for Govt Affairs. He was with the Grocery Manufacturers Assn. Aaron Corbet joins the National Assn of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) as Member Svcs Dir where he will be working with the assn's annual convention, Trade Talk, Washington Watch and assist its Foundation. AM The Canadian Agri-Marketing Assn (CAMA) National Committee met in Banff, AB, during the Best of CAMA 2011. The CAMA National committee oversees the workings of CAMA to allow for consistency and, more importantly, allowing each Provincial Chapter to gain from each other. The yearly face-to-face meeting provides an opportunity to discuss challenges and opportunities for all CAMA Chapters. Shown (l to r) are David Lazarenko, Daniel Lamoureux, Amanda Howard, Teresa Giesbrecht, Mary Thornley (Executive Director), Andrew Bawden, Deborah Wilson and Justin Funk (Chairperson). Missing: Barb Chabih, Luc Gagnon, Rob O'Connor and Real Loiseau. AM Akridge Farm Journal Foundation announces its "Farmers Feeding the World" campaign's largest single commitment to date: a $1 million grant to Heifer International. The grant will be targeted to sustainable hunger relief projects such as Heifer 's Seeds of Change in Appalachia and the Arkansas Delta, REACH (Rural Entrepreneurs for Agricultural Cooperation in Haiti), Integrated Livestock Development in Sierra Leone and the Small Farmer Project for smallholder agriculture development in Armenia. "It's been a very exciting and rewarding first year for Farmers Feeding the World because of the ability to learn from and work with organizations like Heifer that are committed to solving world hunger through sustainable agricultural practices," says Foundation Chairman Andy Weber. AM IN MEMORIAM Ed Wheeler, retired Pres of The Fertilizer Institute, passed away Feb. 18, 2012. He was 85. Wheeler was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He graduated from Washburn University School of Law and was admitted to the Kansas Bar in 1955. AM
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