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Agrimarketing : May 2008
May 2008 ¦ AgriMarketing 17 Tom Davis is named a VP of Meredith Corp. where he is Group Publisher, overseeing the Successful Farming, Living The Country Life and WOOD brands. He began his career at Meredith in 1978 as a sales trainee and along the way has held a number of key positions at Successful Farming. Farms.com , a provider of informa- tion products and services for the agriculture and food industries, launches its redesigned Web site, www.Farms.com, which enables users to customize and personalize the site to fit their needs. It adds increased news and feature content, added market information and expanded chat capabilities and classified advertising. In addition, Barchart.com, Inc, provider of commodity market data, announces its partnership with Farms.com to provide custom Web site content including commodity quotes, advanced charts and other market information and tools. Open Range Communications , Denver, CO, has been approved to receive a $267 million loan from USDA Rural Development to pro- vide broadband service to 518 rural communities in 17 states. The commitment by USDA and Open Range represents one of the largest public-private investments for broadband service by the federal government. AgriCharts , a division of Barchart. com, Inc. , announces the launch of a new free quote service for agricultural marketers. The new product is part of the AgriCharts Quote Product suite and is named AgPlus Delayed and can be viewed at www.agricharts.com/free. AgriCharts provides Web site hosting, market data, news and weather to the agricultural industry. Successful Farming adds Marty Wolske to its sales team. He was Dir/Sls & Mktg for Miller Publish- ing and Feedstuffs magazine. Penton Media’s Agriculture Group launches a new online career center, AgriBizJobs.com at www.agribizjobs. com. The site offers ag industry employers a growing, qualified audi- ence of agriculture professionals, while providing industry jobseekers with agribusiness-specific, catego- rized job listings. AgriBizJobs is a joint effort of Penton’s leading agricultural brands including BEEF, Corn and Soybean Digest, Farm Industry News, Farm Press, Hay and Forage Grower and National Hog Farmer and will be promoted across all of these branded print and online outlets. Employers can view complete but anonymous resumes for free, and pay only to connect with a job- seeker. Jobseekers can post resumes in agriculture-specific employment categories and sign up to receive e-mail alerts when new positions are posted that match their search crite- ria. The site’s anonymous resume bank enables both active and passive jobseekers to list their experience and qualifications in a protected environment, allowing them to stay connected to the employment mar- ket while maintaining full control of their confidential information. Roger Randall joins the com- pany as its Online Sales Develop- ment Dir in its New Media Group. Randall will be involved in sales development for existing online prod- ucts and commercializing new online technology appli- cations for the company’s agricultural publications. Earlier in his career, he had been President of Farm Journal and has been with several ad agencies. Meister Media Worldwide launches a redesigned corporate Web site. The site, www.MeisterMedia.com, includes links to Meister’s branded Web sites, as well as information on the com- pany’s integrated media products and services. “The new Web site supports the company’s commitment to digital media and will provide an entrée to in-depth information on our brand websites,” says James C. Sulecki, Dir, eMedia for Meister Media Worldwide. AM Davis The U.S. Court of Appeals rules in favor of Farm Market ID and requires USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) to release data on farms that partici- pate in various payment and benefit programs. For many years FSA routinely released data and the court decision reaffirms that FSA was correct to do so. The decision adds nothing new to past data practices. As FSA stated in its April 28 press release, FSA and Multi Ag Media LLC, owner of Farm Market ID, agreed to the release of these data in com- pliance with the court’s decision. “While the release of this information is important to us, the Farm Compliance Record is one of the many federal, state and county files we use to build our comprehensive database,” said John Montandon, Pres of Multi Ag Media LLC. He added, “We have been able to build our database in the past by mining and analyzing the approximately 90 million records we receive each year. The real issue in this case was the release of GIS data. This is the next generation data many of our customers have been asking for.” Multi Ag Media has worked with USDA for years on farm data issues under the FOIA and has unmatched expertise in managing and analyzing agri- cultural data. Also, Farm Market iD names Bill Pool as VP, Client Services. Most recently, he was with the Adculture Group . He can be reached at 763/257-6877, or email@example.com. Pool Randall
May 2008 Supplement
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