Industry Ag News 11/18

Carrie Muehling

  • The National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (National ACT) elected five students from Arkansas, Texas and Wisconsin to serve as 2022-23 officers until July 2023. The new team will lead over 400 student and associate members in opportunities to learn and grow in agricultural communications.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the appointment of four members to serve on the United Sorghum Checkoff Program’s Board of Directors. All four appointees will serve three-year terms starting December 2022 and ending December 2025.
  • Kaycee Rippey joined the Alabama Peanut Producers Association (APPA) staff on Nov. 3, 2022 as the Communications Coordinator. Rippey holds a bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences with a minor in Communications from Auburn University.
  • Attendees at the 2023 Commodity Classic in Orlando can make their experience even more memorable by signing up for one or more of the fascinating, family-friendly tours available during the event. These optional tours provide the opportunity to discover more about the history, attractions, and culture of the Orlando area.
  • Conservation Technology Information Center (CITC) welcomes Ryan Heiniger as its new Executive Director. Heiniger is a fourth-generation Iowa farmer, wildlife biologist, and non-profit leader.
  • The National Grange hosted its 156th annual conference and legislative session at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada from November 15 through 19. With more than 400 elected Delegates and guests attending, the annual convention serves to establish national legislative policies for the organization, while conducting the other various business of the Grange.
  • The National Corn Growers Association Board of Directors has hired Hedlin Ag Enterprises of Ankeny, Iowa to assist with the search for a new CEO. The initial part of the search involves identifying and vetting potential candidates for the position which will occur through the end of this year and into the beginning of 2023. Candidate interviews for the CEO position will be held in February with the intention of introducing the new CEO during Commodity Classic in March.
  • Farm Journal announces Eric Peterson has been named Chief Executive Officer of Machinery Pete, agriculture’s premier used equipment destination.
  • The National Corn Growers Association announced Krista Swanson joined the organization as Lead Economist. Swanson will serve as the economic analyst resource for NCGA and its state affiliates.
  • American Agri-Women (AAW) awarded its prestigious Veritas Award to Forrest Lucas at its 2022 national convention held recently in Bozeman, Mont. The Veritas Award is bestowed upon individuals who have been public witness to the “pursuit of truth.” Mr. Lucas’ lifelong association with agriculture and his passion for our American traditions led him to found Protect the Harvest in 2011.
  • Jim Prevor has suddenly passed away from heart failure after being stricken by a heart attack and stroke. Founder of PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine in 1985, just a couple years after his education at Cornell University, Jim saw the need for a publication to inform and educate the buying segments of the fruit and vegetable industry.
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