12 selected for FFA International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership Program
Twelve agriculture students were recently selected for the 2011 International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership (I-CAL) Program. These students were required to complete an application and answer numerous essay questions regarding their understanding and thoughts on international trade and marketing. They will travel to Panama and Columbia May 15–27, 2011 to study international grain marketing and trade and global agriculture.
The selected students are: Matt Barnhill of North Carolina State University, Adrienne Bradley of the University of California-Davis, Andrew Carpenter of the University of Wyoming, Chelsy Coen of Kansas State University, Kelli Fulkerson of South Dakota State University, Lauren Geiger of Kansas State University, Dakota Hoben of Iowa State University, Sarah Marten of Kansas State University, Thomas Marten of Southern Illinois University, Jarvis Pace of Utah State University, Caleb Wurth of Kansas State University, and Gracie Weinzierl of Illinois State University.
The I-CAL program was developed as a partnership with the U.S. Grains Council and The Grains Foundation.
CoBank names regional executive
CoBank, a leading cooperative bank serving agribusinesses and rural infrastructure providers throughout the United States, named Mike Hechtner as central region president for the bank’s Regional Agribusiness Banking Group. In this new role, Hechtner will oversee relationship management, marketing and credit administration for cooperative customers in the Dakotas, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Headquartered outside Denver, Colo., CoBank serves customers from regional banking centers across the U.S. and maintains an international representative office in Singapore. For more information about CoBank, visit the bank’s web site at www.cobank.com.
Pioneer Hi-Bred announces new leadership positions
Pioneer Hi-Bred announced two new leadership positions to continue to deliver improved products and services for customer success.
Alejandro Munoz was named vice president, Americas Group and Global Production, with commercial business responsibility for the United States, Canada and Latin America regions. In addition, Munoz also will have global responsibility for seed production and safety/risk management. He reports to Paul E. Schickler, president – Pioneer.
Judd O’Connor is named vice president, regional director for the U.S. region. He will be responsible for Pioneer operations within the six business units in the United States and PROaccessSM Genetics, focusing on providing leading-edge seed genetics and services to growers on a targeted, local basis.
Munoz and O’Connor will continue to be based in Johnston, Iowa.
Select Sires honors Super Achievers
Twenty-eight members of the Select Sires Inc. sales and service team from throughout North America have been named Super Achievers. This prestigious Select Sires achievement award is given to employees that demonstrate sales growth and provide exemplary service to their customers with a high level of passion for their customers’ success. Managers of the 10 Select Sires member cooperatives and Select Sires Canada choose sales representatives, technicians and service specialists from their organizations to receive this award. Select Sires Inc. also chose an individual to recognize for his exemplary service.
The Select Sires Super Achievers are: All West/Select Sires, Darryl Olson, Stayton, Ore., Glen Felske, Onaway, Alberta; Cache Valley Select Sires Inc., Dusty Adams, Paul, Idaho, Victor Israelsen, Young Ward, Utah; Brad Meek, Preston, Idaho; COBA/Select Sires, Paul Detwiler, Marysville, Ohio, Cormac Irwin, Big Prairie, Ohio, John Lee, Seymour, Texas, Tad Chapman, Muleshoe, Texas; East Central/Select Sires, Tom Turner, St. Cloud, Wis., Gary Fredrick, Mayville, Wis., Sue Bos, Waupun, Wis., Robert Radke, Bangor, Wis., Ryan Besaw, Omro, Wis.; KABA/Select Sires, Kevin Armstrong, Shelbyville, Ky.; Minnesota/Select Sires Inc., Mike Wilson, Pierz, Minn., Casey Anderson, Watkins, Minn., Daren Johnson, Grove City, Minn., Jayne Lochen, Kimball, Minn.; Northstar Cooperative, Wayne Westrich, Unity, Wis., Scott Woepse, Kiel, Wis; Prairie State/Select Sires, Glen Sachtleben, Hoyleton, Ill., Chad Baker, Hoyleton, Ill.; Select Sire Power Inc., Greg Casey, Lexington, N.C.; Southeast Select Sires, Al Funk, Nortonville, Kan.; Select Sires Canada, David Massey, Smith Falls, Ont., John,Wassink, Listowel, Ont.; Select Sires Inc., Bill DeLong, Marysville, Ohio.
America’s Farmers Mom of the Year nominations sought
Monsanto is honoring America’s Farmers Mom of the Year for her contributions to her family, farm, community and industry.
Applications will be accepted through Mother’s Day at AmericasFarmers.com. Five regional winners will be announced on May 16, when winners’ profiles and nominations will be posted on the website. Each regional winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize from Monsanto, and the farm mom receiving the most online votes by May 26 will receive an additional $2,500 and the title of America’s Farmers Mom of the Year 2011.
To be eligible, a mom must be at least 18 years of age and work on a working farm or livestock operation. Anyone can submit a nomination by visiting the America’s Farmers website and explaining in 300 words or fewer how their favorite farm mom embodies the farm family way of life. Nominations will be judged by Monsanto and American Agri-Women (AAW), a national coalition of women’s farmer, ranch and agribusiness organizations.
Complete eligibility requirements and official rules for America’s Farmers Mom of the Year can be obtained online at www.AmericasFarmers.com or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to America’s Farmers Mom of the Year Program, 914 Spruce Street, St. Louis, MO 63102.
Dairyland Seed announces National Yieldmaster Contest winners
Dairyland Seed recently announced national and state winners for its annual Corn and Soybean Yieldmaster Contests.
The title of National Corn Yieldmaster was awarded to Scott Nelson of Brook, Ind. Scott had a yield of 278.20 bushels per acre with Stealth-9615. Owens Brothers of Woodhull, Ill., were awarded National Soybean Yieldmaster with a yield of 94.68 bushels per acre with DSR-3265/RR.
The Early Zone Soybean Yieldmaster was awarded to John and Linda Worm of Young America, Minn., with a yield of 66.71 bushels per acre with DSR-1807R2Y. The Early Zone Corn Yieldmaster was awarded to Lawrence & Mike Huppert of Hager City, Wis., who entered Stealth-9196 with a yield of 242.54 bushels. Individual state winners were also awarded.
AgriLabs announces scholarship winners
Steve Schram, AgriLabs President and CEO, announced the winners of AgriLabs academic scholarships for 2011-2012.
The AgriLabs/Dennis Feary Scholarship Fund was established in 1997 in honor of the late Dennis Feary, former president of AgriLabs. The annual scholarship awards commemorate Mr. Feary’s dedication to education, agriculture and the people that helped build the company he led. The scholarship was endowed to provide funding for eligible students enrolled in or entering a two or four year college degree in any field of study, and are available to employees and immediate family members of AgriLabs and its shareholders. These annual, non-renewable, scholarships provide $2000 per student, per academic year. Recipients were:
• Rita Carolina Portillo, Greeley, Colo., Lextron Animal Health, is attending the Institute of Business & Medical Careers to become a medical assistant.
• Justin Wayne Bonnell, Gig Harbor, Wash., Justin’s father, Stanley Bonnell, works for DVM Resources (Walco Intl). He plans on attending the University of Washington to pursue an engineering degree.
• Jessica Dee Allen, Columbus, Ohio. Jessica’s father, Jeffery Allen, works at Veterinary and Poultry Supply. She attends Ohio State University where she is studying health sciences and plans on becoming a physical therapist.
The AgriLabs Dennis Feary Memorial Scholarship in Agriculture was endowed to provide funding for eligible students enrolled in or entering college. The $2000 scholarships are awarded exclusively to students in pursuit of a two- or four-year college degree in agricultural studies. Recipients include:
• Ashlie Marie Chase, Strasburg, Colo. Ashlie’s mother, Roberta Chase, works for MWI Veterinary Supply. Ashlie is attending Colorado State University studying for a degree in animal science and pre-vet.
• Taylor Renee Wilson, Beattie, Kan. Both parents, Thomas and Sandra Wilson, are employed by Valley Vet Supply in Marysville, KS. Taylor wants to pursue a degree in biology.
• Symmantha Maryan Page, Massillon, Ohio. Symmantha’s mother, Joann Page, is employed by R. J. Matthews Co. she wants to study biology in a pre-vet program.
The AgriLabs Herman Haenert Scholarship was established in 2005 to honor and recognize the contributions that Mr. Haenert made as both a founder of AgriLabs and as vice-president of business development from 1992-2005. The award provides $5000 per academic year and was endowed to provide funding for eligible students enrolled in or entering a two or four year college degree in any field of study; it is available to employees and immediate family members of AgriLabs and its shareholders. The recipient is:
• Miles Andrew Barber, Marysville, Kan. Miles’ mother, Ellen Barber, works for Valley Vet Supply. He will attend Grace College studying pre-vet medicine.
AgriLabs Scholarships are managed by The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, which is solely responsible for qualifying and selecting applicants. Applications for AgriLabs awards are available at www.agrilabs.com/scholarships.
Bauer joins CRV as area sales manager
Dan Bauer, Oconto, Wis., joined CRV USA as area sales manager for the Wisconsin area. He is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with a bachelor degree in Dairy Science. In his spare time, Dan stays involved with the industry and help at cattle auctions throughout the year. He also owns a small group of registered Jerseys. To learn more about CRV products or to get in contact with the CRV team member in your area, please visit www.crv4all.us or give us a call at 1-800-400-crv4all.
CRV, the parent company of CRV USA and formerly Holland Genetics, is an international cattle improvement organization with operations and breeding programs in Oceania, South America, Africa, Europe and the USA.
Alltech restructures global headquarters marketing team
Alltech restructured its global headquarters marketing team based in Nicholasville, Ky.
New managerial appointments include:
• Elizabeth Bagby, Strategic Partnership Manager.
• Susanna Elliott, Corporate PR Manager, North America.
• Billy Frey, Advertising and Digital Marketing Manager.
• Jorge Gotuzzo, Global Ruminant Marketing Manager.
• Alan Henthorne, Corporate Media Manager.
• Suniti Mujumdar, Global Poultry Marketing Manager.
• Lauren Ashley Pope, Corporate Events Manager.
• Laci Poulter, Consumer Communications Manage.
• Paulo Rezende, Project Manager, Education
Borman earns National DHIA leadership award
The National Dairy Herd Information Association (DHIA) recognized Harlan Borman, Kingdom City, Mo., with the H. Victor Joachim Distinguished Leadership/Martin A. Wilson Memorial Award, in conjunction with the association’s annual meeting. This award goes to a DHI dairy producer and/or spouse who has held a leadership position in DHIA or the dairy industry, and rendered outstanding and unselfish service for many years, along with a notable contributions to advancing DHIA in the United States; or, is a worthy person who has been employed in a DHI management position for at least five years and has been dedicated to improving DHIA.
From 1997-2006, Borman served as a National DHIA director, including the roles of president and vice president. Also, he was a director for Mid-South Dairy Records, Springfield, Mo., with terms as president, vice president and secretary.
A Registered Holstein breeder, he has managed a dairy operation since 1963. Today, Borman farms in partnership with his wife, Judy, son, Tim, and daughter, Kate. In addition to the Holsteins, they raise beef cattle, corn, alfalfa, soybeans and wheat.
National DHIA, a trade association for the dairy records industry, serves the best interests of its members and the dairy industry by maintaining the integrity of dairy records and advancing dairy information systems.