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Agrimarketing : October 2008
The Mid America CropLife Association celebrated its 50th anniversary at its annual meeting held in Indianapolis, IN. Seated (from L) are the association’s offi- cers Sec’y/Treas David Flakne, Syngenta; Pres Jim Lehman, BASF; VP John McKinney, Helena Chemical Co., and Immediate Past Pres Al Strohmaier, Meister Media World- wide. Gathered behind are mem- bers of the organization’s Board of Directors. Leaders in agribusiness, agricultural and biorenewable research and development, education and the ethanol industry throughout the Midwest announce the formal orga- nization of the American Ag & Energy Council. Co-Chairing the organization are Dr. Robert Easter of the Univ of IL and Dr. Wendy Wintersteen Iowa State Univ who are the Deans of the Agricultural colleges at their respec- tive institutions. Its focus is to work together to educate the American public on the positive narrative being created throughout rural America that blends together the strengths across the vari- ous segments of the ag sector. See. www.agandenergy.com. Robyn Stevens joins The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) as Mgr/Research & Business Devel- opment. Prior, she was a research associate at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Female farmer-leaders of the United Soybean Board (USB) and a director of the American Soybean Assn recently took a 12-day trip to Africa on a mission to build relationships with African women who are agricultural leaders in their countries. Shown are USB directors Vicki Coughlin, Laura Foell, and Sharon Covert learning how to cook texturized soy protein. AM October 2008 ¦ AgriMarketing 15 The National Pork Board names Chris Novak, as its new CEO. He most recently was Exec Dir of the Indiana Soy- bean Alliance and Indiana’s corn organizations and has been with Terrene Institute, the American Soy- bean Association and Syngenta. He replaces Steve Murphy, who announced his resignation in Janu- ary and who has continued to serve while the board searched for his replacement. AM Novak Nathan Fields is promoted to Dir/Biotechnology & Economic Analysis. He was NCGA’s Dir/ Research & Business Development. He replaces Paul Bertels, who was called to active duty in the U.S. Army Reserve and is expected to return to NCGAwhen his tour of duty is completed. NCGAreports record member- ship of 33,867 growers and the num- ber of entries in its National Corn Yield Contest soared to approxi- mately 6,700 in 2008, more than twice the number of entries in 2006.
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