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ASSOCIATION NEWS
Monsanto pledges to give the Agri-Business Educational Foundation (ABEF) $30,000 over a 3-year period to support the Student NAMA Marketing Competition that is held in-conjunction with NAMA's Agri-Marketing Conference in April.

The new Great Plains Canola Growers Assoc., is formed. Headquartered in Topeka, KS, the association, whose members include growers of the crop, will educate, promote and lobby for policies that help meet market demands for canola end-products, including food oil and biodiesel. Monsanto's DEKALB Genetics and John Deere announce their financial support of the group.

The American Soybean Association announces Rita Hiscocks joins the staff as Mgr of Membership and State Relations. She was previously with Kumon North America.

The American Bankers Association (ABA) and America's Community Bankers announce they have approved a merger to be finalized by the fourth quarter of 2007.

The new organization will retain the American Bankers Association name. Ed Yingling remains in his current role as Pres/CEO of the ABA. Diane Casey-Landry, currently Pres/CEO of ACB, becomes Exec VP and COO of the combined entity.

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) awards David Hegwood, USDA, and Richard Matteis, formerly of the California Seed Association, the Distinguished Service Award, while Don Wertman, Seedway, and Francois Korn, SeedQuest, each receive the Honorary Lifetime Member award.

ASTA also names the following new officers: Chmn of the Board Mike Peterson, Peterson Genetics; First Vice Chmn Kelly Keithly, Keithly-Williams Seeds; and Second Vice Chmn Jerry Monk, Warner Seeds.
ASTA Reg'l VPs: Northwestern Kevin Turner, The Scotts Company; Western John Schoenecker, Harris Moran, Central Tim Johnson, Seed Genetics, Inc.; Southeastern Danny Mixon, Mixon Seed Co.; Southern Blake Curtis, Curtis & Curtis Inc.; Northeastern Fred Mohr, Seedway, LLC; North Central Wayne Vassar, Sharp Brothers; Mexico Arcadio Lozano, Sakata Seed Mexico; VP to Canada Bryan Gerard, JGL; and VP to Mexico Ed Aguilar, Seminis.

Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) names Mark Polzer as VP, Business Development.

Polzer came to CAB in 1998 as Dir, Foodservice Division and has more than 30 years of foodservice experience including Gen'l Sls Mgr at Becker Food Co., Milwaukee, WI, and various sales management roles with Oscar Mayer.

The Canola Council of Canada names JoAnne Buth as its new Pres. Booth replaces Barbara Isman who is joining Canadian Bioenergy Corporation in Vancouver.

Booth has been with the Canola Council of Canada for eight years as the VP, Crop Production and Bio-technology.

The United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) relocates its headquarters to St. Joseph, MO, from Richmond, VA.

The USAHA's new address is: P.O. Box 8805, St. Joseph, MO 64508.

The FarmHouse Foundation names Allison Rickels as its new CEO/Exec Dir, succeeding Bob Off who has retired. She is the second person to fill the position on a full-time basis in the foundation's 41 years.

The Country Living Association (CLA) announces in its first six months of operation it has enrolled 10,000 members and is continuing to grow.

"We were able to hit the ground running with sponsors, an informational Web site, educational clinics and most importantly, people who want to join," says Courtney Yuskis, Dir CLA.

CLA sponsors include John Deere, Allied Insurance, Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company, Land O'Lakes Purina Feed, Tractor Supply Company and Fastline Publications. These sponsors reach audiences who also are the focus of the association. Living the Country Life magazine serves as the organization's official publication and "Living the Country Life" broadcast and Web site align with the association's mission.

Monsanto Company, St. Louis, MO, in collaboration with Agriculture Future of America (AFA) announces a partnership to support college students preparing for careers in agriculture related fields.

The partnership will help AFA reach its goals of providing quality programs and experiences for college students and young professionals, while increasing its relationships with colleges and universities outside the Midwest.

In addition, ICM, Inc., Colwich, KS, agrees to partner with AFA to provide scholarships and intern programs in 20 communities.

Communities receiving the scholarships and intern programs will be based in areas where ICM
has designed an ethanol facility.


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