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Agrimarketing : July August 2008
July/August 2008 ¦ AgriMarketing 17 George C. Thornton is named CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) , Edgefield, SC. He was CEO of Agriliance and has held manage- ment positions with American Cyanamid , ICI Americas, ICI Aus- tralia PLC , Griffin/Dupont, LLC and AgWeb.com . In 2006, he was named Agribusiness leader of the year by the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) . The Food Before Fuel Campaign, a partnership of more than 20 environ- mental, retail, hunger, Hispanic and food industry groups, is formed and launches an effort urging 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.” Oklahoma State University creates a position entitled The Nutrients for Life Foundation Professor of Soil and Food Crop Nutrition. The pro- fessorship, funded in-part by the Nutrients for Life Foundation, The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) and the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) , will explore the linkages between fertilizer use and the nutritional quality of food. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) promotes Audrey Adamson to Ass’t VP/Public Policy in its Washington, D.C., office. The American Angus Association names Bill Bowman COO. He has been with the association for 16 years, and also serves in other lead- ership roles such as VP/Information and Data Programs, Dir/Perform- ance Programs and Pres of Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) , a subsidiary of the association. Drake & Company promotes Becky Rasmussen to Acc’t Exec and names her Ass’t Dir of the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) . Amy Rehmeier joins as Program Coordinator working with the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association and Missouri Dairy Association . Alyson Hall , joins as Program Coordinator for NCTA and the Christmas Spirit Foundation . Nancy L. Bunker Koester joins the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) as Dir/Comms. She was owner and principal of Bunker Koester & Associates , an organiza- tional and marketing communica- tions and market research company. Mary Holmes joins as Dir/ Biofuels Programs & Business Devel- opment providing assistance to the grower-led Ethanol Committee. She was the co-principal investigator on several successful research grants while employed at the Illinois Value- Added Rural Development Center at Western Illinois University and helped the farmer-owned Lincoln- land Agri-Energy ethanol plant in its successful start-up venture. Rod Snyder joins the Washing- ton, D.C., office as Dir/Public Policy. He was Government Affairs Leader for CropLife America, handling a variety of environmental issues. At its summer board meeting, the United Soybean Board of Directors approved a $63.6 million investment and operating budget for 2009 based on check-off revenue from a pro- jected U.S. soybean crop of 2.75 bil- lion bushels at an average price of $9.75 per bushel. The American Lamb Board (ALB) promotes Megan Wortman to Exec Dir. Previously, she worked with agriculture trade associations and commodity checkoff boards. CropLife America (CLA) , adds Kellie Bray as Gov’t Relations Leader, to advocate for CLA mem- bers and the crop protection indus- try at the national and state levels. She was Ass’t VP/Federal Affairs at the National Association of Profes- sional Insurance Agents . Steve Halbrook is named head of the Dept of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at the University of Arkansas . He has served the past 16 years as VP of the Farm Foundation and is a past Pres of the Agricultural Law Association . The Transportation, Elevator, and Grain Merchants Association (TEGMA) names Bob Petersen as Pres. TEGMA’s administrative services had previously been handled by the Commodity Markets Coun- cil , formerly known as the National Grain Trade Council (NGTC) . Office operations will move from Washington, D.C. to Kansas City. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is shifting its stance on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and is now supporting cutting the Renewable Fuel Standard in half. NPPC had been officially neutral on the question of ethanol mandates. The new position means all major U.S. livestock groups now favor reducing or eliminating the expanded RFS, which Congress approved in Decem- ber 2007. The North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA) establishes a government relations program in Canada. John Schmeiser , who also serves as Exec VP of the Canada West Equipment Dealers Associa- tion (CWEDA) , will manage the program from the CWEDA office in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The U.S. Meat Export Federation names Joe Schuele as its new Comms Dir. He was with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association . AM Thornton Schmeiser Petersen
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