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Agrimarketing : June 2008
June 2008 ¦ AgriMarketing 13 USDA publishes a final order on the proposed National Sorghum Check- off and will begin collecting assess- ments on July 1. The Sorghum Promotion, Research and Information order will collect 0.6% of net market value for grain sorghum. For sorghum forage such as hay and silage, the assess- ment will be 0.35% of market value and will only be collected from first handlers who purchase more than 5,000 tons per year. National Sorghum Producers (NSP) CEO Tim Lust says based on current market prices, the checkoff would generate almost $12 million annually. Within three years, produc- ers will have the opportunity to vote in a referendum. Bryce Schumann is named CEO for the American Angus Association , replacing John Crouch , who retires. Schumann has served as the association’s Dir of Member Svcs for the past seven years. The Board of Directors of American Farmland Trust names Illinois farmer Jon Scholl as Pres to succeed Ralph Grossi , who steps down after 23 years. Scholl most recently served as the Counselor to the Administrator for Agricultural Policy at the EPA. Previously he was with the Illinois Farm Bureau . The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) pro- motes Estelle Grasset to Dir of Comms and Sarah Monke joins as its Public Affairs Specialist. Monke was formerly with CropLife America and the Nebraska Agribusiness Association . The Ethanol Promotion and Infor- mation Council (EPIC) promotes Robert White to Deputy Dir. White joined EPIC in 2006 as Dir of Ops and has played a major role in the expansion of E85 across the country. Previously White was the Deputy Dir of the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (NEVC) . The Biopesticide Industry Alliance (BPIA) appoints Bill Stoneman as Exec Dir. Previously he was with the Minnesota Cooperative Extension . The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) creates The Food and Fuel Resource Center (http://www.ncga.com/FoodandFuel/ FoodAndFuel.asp), an Internet resource center which includes links and information to the latest re- search on corn ethanol issues. NCGA also updates its Insect and Weed Resistance Management programs, aimed at educating grow- ers on their responsibilities regard- ing proper biotechnology trait stew- ardship, and is now forwarding digital versions of this program information to more than 1,000 extension service educators in NCGA-affiliated states. The Biotechnology Industry Orga- nization (BIO) names Karen Batra as Dir of Food and Agri- culture Comms. She waspre- viously with the National Cattle- men’s Beef Asso- ciation . The “Food Before Fuel Campaign” — a new partnership of more than 20 environmental, retail, hunger, Hispanic and food industry groups — launches a cooperative effort urg- ing Congress to revisit the nation’s food-to-fuel policies. According to the campaign’s statement of principles, the members will encourage policymakers to “revisit and restructure policies that have increased our reliance on food as an energy source, and to carefully address how to develop alternative fuels that do not pit our energy needs against affordable food and environmental sustainability.” Cal Dooley , CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association , notes, “It is past time to acknowledge the reality of this problem and begin a serious, bipartisan effort to fix it. Our current policy is driving higher food prices around the globe and here at home, and while it's not the only fac- tor at play, it is one we can do some- thing about. This effort is designed to show that voices from around the nation and across the political spec- trum are speaking together to call for change.” For more information, go to the campaign’s new Web site, www.foodbeforefuel.org. CropLife America (CLA) adds Susan Helmick and Lindsay Clark to its Comms Dept. Helmick was previously with Hill & Knowlton and will lead the external media team. Clark, formerly with Georgetown University, will lead CLA’s internal communications. The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) appoints Anne Keller as Dir, Comms. Previously she was with the American Farm Bureau Federation and the offices of Congressman Charlie Stenholm of Texas, and Congressman Baron Hill of Indiana. The Nutrients for Life Foundation names Harriet E. Wegmeyer to serve as its Exec Dir. The Founda- tion, formed in 2004, strives to accurately inform policy makers, the press and the public about fer- tilizer and mod- ern agriculture. Wegmeyer was previously with the U.S. Apple Association and Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative . AM. Schumann Helmick Clark Batra Wegmeyer
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