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Agrimarketing : May 2008 Special Supplement
KHOSLA VENTURES Founder Vinod Khosla Menlo Park, CA I’m delighted that Rick Tolman has been awarded the “Agribusiness Leader of the Year” Award. Khosla Ventures (and I) have come to know Rick has a strong leader in the fight for ethanol, doing the hard work to dispel the myths about corn ethanol that continue to be propa- gated. Rick has been a wonderful ally in ensuring that we recognize the role of corn ethanol as a viable stepping stone towards energy independence. On a personal level, I have always found Rick to be a pleasure to work with whenever I have needed to understand the actual facts about corn farming in America, or reasonably balancing the needs of the country with the needs of his constituency. He has always been an intelligent and passionate advocate for America’s corn farmers and their ability to continue to meet our (and the world’s) needs for both fuel and food, with surplus to spare. But he has never been afraid to offer alternative educational opin- ions which some corn farmers may initially consider as contrary to their interests if Rick believes them to be beneficial in the long term. Editor’s note: Mr. Khosla is the founder of Sun Microsystems and formerly Gen’l Partner at Kleiner Perkins. His firm offers venture assistance, strategic advice and capital to entrepreneurs and is one of the nation’s most influential ethanol advocates. Forbes and Fortune magazines recently named him as the #1 Venture Capitalist. AMERICAN SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION CEO Stephen Censky St. Louis, MO What a fitting tribute it is for Rick to be named Agribusiness Leader of the Year. As the leader of a sister commodity organization based in St. Louis, I’ve had the plea- sure of working with Rick for nearly a decade and can testify that he truly is one of the best. Whether it has been working together on agricultural policy, col- laborating on the planning and implementation of ASA’s and NCGA’s joint Commodity Classic trade show and convention, or strategizing on how our organiza- tions might respond to emerging media issues, Rick is always a true professional. Rick possesses the traits that really do make him a great agribusi- ness leader and colleague. His vision for the future, his strong interper- sonal skills, his knowledge of issues, his media relations savvy, and his great leadership qualities all make him an outstanding leader for NCGA and the entire agricultural industry. Congratulations, Rick! AM 14 AgriMarketing ¦ May 2008 2008 NAMA AGRIBUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR /Leaders Comment continued from page 13 Khosla Censky