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ASSOCIATION NEWS
Dr. Harry B. Collins, VP of Technology Transfer at Delta and Pine Land Co., is elected Chairman of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA).
Assisting Collins in leadership roles will be First Vice Chair Mike Peterson, Pres, Peterson Genetics, Cedar Falls, IA; and Second Vice Chair, Kelly Keithly, CEO/
Pres of Keithly-Williams Seeds, Yuma, AZ.
Also at ASTA, Lisa J. Dry is named VP, Public Affairs, where she will be responsible for creating an outreach and education program for ASTA's public audiences which include its members, growers and the media.
Dry most recently served as Dir of Comms for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). She held similar positions at the Animal Health Institute and the National Pork Producers Council. She has also worked with American Cyanamid and New York City-based advertising and public relations firms.

Dennis Judy is named Sr Reg'l Dir for the National FFA Foundation, working primarily in the southern U.S. Judy had been serving as Corp and Foundation Relations Officer for Riley Children's Hospital Foundation in Indianapolis. He also was Dir of University Advancement at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC.
Also at FFA, Glenn B. Sims is named Sr Reg'l Dir for the National FFA Foundation. He had been Advtg Mgr for the FFA New Horizons magazine.
Roberta L. (Bobbie) Donahue, joins FFA as Dir of Individual Giving and State Foundation Relations. She was Sr Dir of Development for Lutheran Child and Family Services of Indiana and Kentucky.

The Progressive Agriculture Foundation (PAF), elected its 2006-2007 board members, including: Terry Barton, with State Farm; John Hays, Farm Credit System Foundation; Bob Marshall, Bunge North America; Sharry Nielsen, University of Nebraska - Lincoln Extension; Laura Powell, University of Florida Extension; Charles Schwab, Iowa State University, Carolyn Sheridan, Iowa Agrisafe Network/Spencer Hospital; Bruce Stone, Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Company, and Tammie Stutts, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program was started in 1995 as a marketing and educational program of Progressive Farmer magazine. In 2002, PAF became a separate entity from the magazine and in 2004 became a 501(c)(3) public charity. Today the Foundation has more than 72 corporate, foundation and individual sponsors.

Charles Sukup is installed as Pres of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). ASABE will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2007 and the organization has a number of special events planned to commemorate the centennial.
Sukup is Pres of Sukup Manufacturing Co., located in Sheffield, IA. The company's product line includes grain bins and dryers for on-farm and commercial drying and storage operations, as well as a full line of accessories for drying, storing, and moving grain, including centrifugal and axial fans and heaters, stirring machines, bin unloading equipment and bin floors.

The American Feed Industry Association, Arlington, VA, announces that Kathy Lamb has joined the staff as Dir of Membership & Services. Most recently she served as Dir of Membership and Mktg for the Coalition of Government Procurement, and previously worked for CompTel as well as several packaging associations.

John Smylie retires from the Association of Equipment Mfgrs (AEM) as Sr VP of the international trade group for off-road machinery manufactures after 30 years of service to the ag and construction equipment sectors.
Smylie joined AEM in June 1997 as VP. He oversaw AEM's extensive member statistical reporting programs, which cover more than 200 product lines, and he was the staff liaison for the association's Ag Equipment Council.

Deborah M. Hamlin joins the Irrigation Assoc as its Exec Dir. She had led the International Association of Plastics Distributors for 10 years.
Hamlin began her career managing state and regional trade and professional associations through an association management company in Delmar, NY, later becoming Dir of Organization Services for the New York State Nurses Association. Hamlin then managed certification programs and publications for several organizations for Applied Measurement Professionals Inc. before moving to the International Association of Plastics Distributors in 1996.

Heide Luett joins Farm Safety 4 Just Kids, Earlham, IA, as its new Dir of Mktg and Community Relations. She most recently worked for Medicap Phamacies, Inc. Keely Coppess also joins the organization as its Mktg and Community Relations Ass't. She is a recent graduate of Iowa State University.
The mission of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids is to promote a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to children and youth. The organization will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. For more information, go to www.fs4jk.org. AM


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