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ASSOCIATION NEWS
Darren Pittman joins Crop Life America as Government Affairs leader where he will handle federal legislative issues and the Midwest region for the states. He had served as a lobbyist for the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association covering telecommunications, finance and economic development.

The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) announces a $1 million commitment in the name of the Nutrients for Life Foundation to the Smithsonian Institution for an exhibition about soils at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

The 5,000-square-foot soils exhibit is being developed by the Smithsonian in partnership with the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) and is designed to increase the level of public awareness about the important role of soils in our world by educating visitors about the many ways soil is essential to human life.

TFI encourages additional public and private support of this project. The project Web site is www.soils.org.
smithsonian where the latest news on the exhibit, including a two-minute video, is available for viewing.

The National Frame Builders Association (NFBA), Lawrence, KS, votes to change its name to the National Frame Building Association. The name change was recommended by the NFBA Board of Directors to the membership, to reflect the fact that NFBA is primarily an industry organization that advocates for the interests not only of post-frame builders, but also for post-frame suppliers, design professionals and others who make their living via the post-frame building industry.

Farm Foundation Pres Dr. Walter J. Armbruster announces his plans to retire early in 2008. Armbruster joined Farm Foundation as Associate Managing Dir in 1978. He was named managing director in 1991, and became Pres in 1999. Prior to joining the Foundation, Armbruster worked in the U.S. Department of Agriculture on marketing efficiency, institutions and policy issues.

Dr. Steven B. Phillips joins the staff of the International Plant Nutrition Institute (formerly the Potash & Phosphate Institute) as Southeast Region Dir. He was previously Associate Professor at Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Virginia Tech.

He replaces Dr. Clifford S. Snyder who is promoted to the new position of Nitrogen Program Dir and will coordinate IPNI efforts dealing with environmental issues associated with nitrogen fertilizer use in agriculture.


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