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ASSOCIATION NEWS
Ron Perkins is named to the newly created position of executive director of the Washington-based Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC). The ACRC is a non-profit organization that collects and recycles plastic pesticide containers from U.S. farmers and applicators, mostly free of charge. To date, the ACRC has recycled more than 100 million pesticide containers nationwide.
Prior to joining ACRC, Perkins spent 14 years as the owner and operator of solid waste management firms, implementing innovative and cost-effective refuse and recyclables collection systems. He also spent almost ten years as director of Recycling Operations at American Plastic Council (APC).
Also the organization announces the launch of its new Web site: www.acrecycle.org.
The redesigned Web site is intended as a comprehensive resource for ag container recycling and includes detailed information on how to recycle and best practices for recycling as well as a breakdown of the entire process from collection of containers to the development of various end use products.

Jerry Sinift, interim general manager of the International Agri-Center, Tulare, CA, is officially appointed to the post by the Board of Directors. For the past five years Sinift has been assistant general manager, overseeing Heritage Complex in addition to assisting in the management of the World Ag Expo.

Erin Machado, is promoted to facility director for Heritage Complex. Machado began her career with the Agri-Center in 1999 as the coordinator for the Learning Center at Heritage Complex.

The American Soybean Association (ASA) announces the launch of its new Internet-based "Weed Resistance Management Learning Center." The Center allows ASA members to understand how herbicide-resistant weeds can be managed in practical ways that optimize the effectiveness of herbicides used on their farms.

The 4-H Youth Development Program's "exceptional service" to children, youth and families of military personnel around the world has been recognized with a Department of Defense "Certificate of Commendation" signed by Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld.
National 4-H Headquarters has partnered with United States Army Child and Youth Services and Air Force Family Member Programs since 1995. Military men and women can pursue their critical, high-risk assignments around the world knowing that their children are part of 4-H youth development programs that provide safe and nurturing environments on military installations.
4-H expanded its reach to children and families of the National Guard and Reserve service members with the onset of the Global War on Terrorism. Military youth involved in 4-H clubs around the world can continue their 4-H work wherever their parents are transferred or deployed.

The National FFA Foundation has announces that Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, in conjunction with Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc., has contributed $250,000 for support of the National FFA Convention to be held in Indianapolis, IN, beginning in 2006 through 2012. It joins Dow AgroSciences, Elanco Animal Health and other companies and organizations as contributors for the national convention.
"With this major gift, Indiana Farm Bureau joins the upper echelon of convention sponsors from the
city of Indianapolis," said Doug Loudenslager, National FFA Organization's COO.

The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) in West Lafayette, IN, announces that Christy Couch Lee has been named the organization's new communications director.
She comes to CTIC from the National Swine Registry where she was director of communications for three years. Prior to that, she was managing editor for John Deere's Homestead magazine.

Dr. Bernice Slutsky is named the new VP for Scientific and International Affairs of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA).
She joins the association from the USDA, where she has served as senior advisor for biotechnology to the secretary of agriculture. Prior to USDA, Slutsky was assistant VP for international and regulatory affairs at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. She also has been senior policy advisor for the Foreign Agricultural Service and a member of the assistant administrator's biotechnology staff at the EPA.


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