Industry Ag News 6/21

Carrie Muehling

  • The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service’s (NASS) announced Joseph L. Parsons as its new Administrator as of June 16; this follows Administrator Hubert Hamer’s retirement in March. Parsons, who was Acting Administrator and before that Associate Administrator, has been serving American agriculture through NASS for more than 37 years, since joining the federal service in 1985.
  • NAMA Boot Camp features the latest tips, trends and best practices to take you forward in your career—at any level. It’s the event to learn about modern agriculture and our industry, grow your network and prepare to be a leader. NAMA members receive a discounted rate. Non-members receive a year of NAMA membership when they register. Sign up for Boot Camp today and prepare to join us in Kansas City, August 20–22!
  • The Hass Avocado Board (HAB) names Meyocks, a marketing and branding firm, as its agency partner to lead research and nutrition-focused advertising and creative strategy promoting the benefits of avocados to health professionals.
  • The American Soybean Association would like to recognize exceptional soy volunteers and leaders and requests your help with candidate nominations. During the 2025 Commodity Classic, individuals will be honored for state association volunteerism, distinguished leadership achievements, and long-term, significant contributions to the soybean industry. The nomination period is open through Oct. 25. For more information and to submit nominations, click here.
  • The World Food Prize Foundation announced that Angeline Neo has joined its staff as a Program Coordinator. As a Program Coordinator, Ms. Neo will work closely with the Senior Director of Strategic Communications and assist with the facilitation of the World Food Prize Foundation’s social media channels, press releases, newsletters, graphic design and many other communications projects. Ms. Neo will assist with upholding the reputation and brand identity of the World Food Prize Foundation through print and online mediums.
  • Six students are recipients of the 2024 scholarships offered by the Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation. The $2,500 scholarships are awarded to students entering or currently pursuing an agricultural or agri-food related program at a Canadian college, university or technical institution.
  • Who do you know moving the industry forward while making a significant, positive impact within NAMA? Take the time to recognize them and submit a nomination for the NAMA Professional Development Awards by August 1. The online nomination form is a simple process.
  • COFCO International, Ltd. and GROWMARK Inc. have entered into definitive agreements whereby, COFCO International has agreed to purchase GROWMARK’s minority stake in the transloading facility located in Cahokia, Illinois, and, at the same time, GROWMARK has agreed to purchase from COFCO International its ownership in the Chicago grain warehouse facility.
  • Join us on October 22-24, 2024, in Chicago for The Center for Food Integrity Transparency Summit where CFI and industry leaders come together to create actionable strategies for operationalizing transparency across the food and agriculture value chain. Register here.
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