TRADE TALK GUIDE
Broadcasters attending the NAFB annual convention will receive a complete review of the new products and services being introduced to the ag market during the coming sales season. They will also be able to speak in-depth with producer associations and other farmer advocates to get the latest on farm policy and worldwide developments. More than 90 organizations and their representatives will be on hand at this year's Trade Talk, ready for interviews. Following is a listing of those participating, their key contacts and their plans for NAFB's Trade Talk.
AGRICULTURAL RETAILER ASSOCIATION
What's hot: Homeland Security; spray drift and hours of service.
Spokespersons/titles: Jack Eberspacher, president/CEO and member of ARA executive board; Gina Hoback, director of communications.
Phone: 202/457-0825; Washington, D.C.
AGSTAR FINANCIAL SERVICES
What's hot: Low interest rates; dairy and swine outlook for 2003; impact of bumper crop harvest; Young, Beginning, and Small Farmer Program; Agstar Fund for Rural America.
Spokespersons/titles: Paul DeBriyn, president and CEO; Cathy Riley, director of marketing and communications.
Phone: 507/345-5651; Mankato, MN
AMERICAN AGRICULTURE MOVEMENT
What's Hot: Parity pricing of farm commodities; dealing with low commodity prices; effects of commodity prices on national revenue.
Spokespersons/titles: Buddy Vance, president; Wayne Allen, vice president; Arthur Chaney, executive vice president; Joyce Jobgen, treasurer; V.B. Morris, secretary.
Phone: 806/733-2203; Sunray, TX
AMERICAN AGRISURANCE ASSOCIATION & AMERICAN AGRISURANCE INC.
What's hot: Benefits of crop insurance safety net in 2002; new risk management products and services for 2003 crop year.
Spokespersons/titles: John Scherle, director of communications; Gene Grimsley, senior VP of marketing.
Phone: 712/325-6078; Council Bluffs, IA
AMERICAN ANGUS ASSOCIATION
What's hot: See Certified Angus Beef LLC.
Spokespersons/titles: Susan Rhode, director of communications and PR; Matt Perrier, director of commercial programs.
Phone: 816/383-5100; St. Joseph, MO
AMERICAN CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION
What's hot: Farm bill; disaster relief; Alliance for Rural America; wind energy; new technologies such as GMOs.
Spokespersons/titles: Larry Mitchell, CEO; Keith Dittrich, president; Mike Alberts, vice president.
Phone: 202/835-0330; Washington, D.C.
AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION
What's hot: Water quality regulations affecting animal feeding operations; pesticide issues; WTO agricultural negotiations in Geneva; AFBF's recent Cuban Summit meeting; ongoing sweetener dispute with Mexico.
Spokespersons/titles: Mark Maslyn, deputy executive director; Ron Gaskill, director of regulatory relations.
Phone: 202/484-3610; Washington, D.C.
AMERICAN SHEEP INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
AMERICAN SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION
What's hot: Biodiesel; trade promotion; river transportation improvements; importance of membership.
Spokespersons/titles: Dwain Ford, president; Bart Ruth, chairman; Ron Heck, first VP; Stephen Censky, CEO.
Phone: 314/576-1770; St. Louis, MO
AMERICAN SUGAR ALLIANCE
What's hot: Sweetener trade dispute with Mexico under NAFTA; upcoming WTO round - dangers and opportunities for agriculture, especially sugar; farm bill and how it will work for sugar.
Spokespersons/titles: Carolyn Cheney, Washington representative, Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida; James Johnson, president, U.S. Beet Sugar Association; Joseph Terrell, director of public affairs, American Sugar Alliance.
Phone: 703/351-5055; Washington, D.C.
ANIMAL HEALTH INSTITUTE
What's hot: Kennedy/Brown bills to remove antibiotics from market; new information on worldwide resistance trends; new antibiotic use data.
Spokesperson/title: Ron Phillips, VP, public affairs.
Phone: 202/662-4130; Washington, D.C.
ASSOCIATED MILK PRODUCERS INC.
What's hot: Dairy markets and outlook; dairy trade issues.
Spokespersons/titles: Mark Furth, CEO and general manager; Paul Toft, brand president.
Phone: 507/354-8295; New Ulm, MN
What's hot: Multiple new product launches for soybeans, cotton, rice, wheat, fruits, vegetables and other crops.
Spokespersons/titles: Gary Kreckmann, group communications manager; communications managers: Todd Henderson, Paul Redhage, Rebecca Teets.
Phone: 800/669-1770; Research Triangle Park, NC
BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM VETMEDICA INC.
What's hot: Bio-Mycin 200 - new lactating dairy cow label claim; Lysigin - staphyloccus aureus vaccine; BVD Type 1 & 2 persistently infected animals.
Spokesperson/title: Dr. Phil Widel.
Phone: 816/236-2742; St. Joseph, MO
CAPITAL AGRICULTURAL PROPERTY SERVICES INC.
What's hot: 1031 Exchanges - the strength behind farmland values; financial and conservation impacts of the new farm bill; revenue enhancement opportunities for landowners/farmers.
Spokesperson/title: Ray L. Brownfield, AEM, ARA, president.
Phone: 630/434-9150; Lisle, IL
What's hot: Trade issues; current farming environment.
Spokespersons/titles: Dan Dye, president; Dennis Inman, Customer Solutions leader.
Phone: 952/742-6010; Minneapolis, MN
What's hot: Tractors - new lines and upgrades; Maxxima family of utility tractors; MXM Series Maxxum row-crop tractors; MX Series Magnum row-crop tractors.
Spokespersons/titles: Claudia Garber, manager, communications and brand promotion; Dave Dell, senior director of marketing.
Phone: 262/636-5678; Racine, WI
CATTLEMEN'S BEEF BOARD
What's hot: New product development; increased value of chuck and round; producer attitude survey - support of checkoff; Department of Justice support for checkoff lawsuits; strong beef demand despite weak markets.
Spokespersons/titles: Dee Lacey, chairperson; Monte Reese, COO; Diane Henderson, communications manager.
Phone: 303/220-9890; Centennial, CO
CATERPILLAR KLAUS AMERICA
CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF LLC
What's hot: AngusSource; Beef Record Service (BRS); value-added products; bringing the consumer demand message back to producers.
Spokespersons/titles: Steve Suther, director of industry information; Deanna Scrimger, assistant director, marketing communications and PR.
Phone: 330/345-2333; Wooster, OH
CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
What's hot: Ag markets.
Spokespersons/titles: Brian Scott, trader, R.J. O'Brien; Steve Bruce, trader, E.D. & F. Man; Laura LaBarbera, Chicago Board of Trade.
Phone: 312/435-3649; Chicago, IL
What's hot: Cottonseed research being marketed to and benefiting cattle and deer ranches.
Spokespersons/titles: Craig Brown, VP, producer affairs for NCC; Tom Wedegaetner, director, cottonseed research and marketing for Cotton Incorporated.
Phone: 01/274-9030; Memphis, TN
COUNCIL FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY INFORMATION
What's hot: Food-related biotechnology; consumers' desires and their effects on farmers; consumer perceptions and awareness.
Spokespersons/titles: Mary Lee Chin, registered dietitian, Nutrition Edge Communications; Margaret Speich, CBI.
Phone: 202/962-6672; Washington, D.C.
What's hot: Oregon ballot labeling initiative; plant biotech conference; Endangered Species Act litigation; Talent Irrigation - aquatic pesticides; eco-terrorism; pesticide benefits.
Spokespersons/titles: Pat Getter, VP communications; Allen Noe, VP state affairs, biotech and water programs.
Phone: 202/872-3893; Washington, D.C.
DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA INC.
DAIRY MANAGEMENT INC.
What's hot: Partnerships; news from the annual meeting.
Spokespersons/titles: Dairy checkoff representatives - Suzanne Vold, Brad Vold; Joe Bavido, dairy checkoff staff; Stacey Dohle, Midwest Dairy Association.
Phone: 800/85-DAIRY; Rosemont, IL
What's hot: (SEE MONSANTO).
DELTA AND PINE LAND CO.
What's hot: Biotechnology; advanced technology in cotton industry; cotton breeding.
Spokespersons/titles: Randy Dismuke, senior VP; Dr. Kater Hake, VP of technology development; Dr. Dave Albers, Western region technical services director; Janice Person, corporate PR manager.
Phone: 662/742-4000; Scott, MS
(Northern Crops Business)
What's hot: Keystone herbicide available for use - soil-applied control of both grasses and broadleaf weeds.
Spokesperson/title: John Gertz, product communications manager.
Phone: 317/337-7131; Indianapolis, IN
(Traits Licensing Business)
What's hot: Herculex Insect Protection available for 2003 - protection against black cutworm, Southwestern corn borer, fall armyworm, and European corn borer.
Spokesperson/title: Wally Thingelstad, information manager.
Phone: 317/337-7348; Indianapolis, IN
DUPONT CROP PROTECTION
What's hot: New corn herbicides; new series with s-metolachlor; Cimarron™ MAX for pasture/range market.
Spokesperson/title: Lisa Malabad, product manager.
Phone: 303/716-3905; Denver, CO
What's hot: Food Quality Protection Act; pesticides; water issues under the Clean Water Act; air and agriculture issues - Clean Air Act; compliance assistance available through the Agriculture Compliance Assistance Center; environmental issues in U.S. EPA Region 7 (Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri).
Spokespersons/titles: James B. Gulliford, regional administrator, Region 7 (invited); Adam Sharp, associate assistant administrator (confirmed); Geoffrey Grubbs, director, Office of Science and Technology, Office of Water (confirmed); Ally Shaver, director, Office of Air, Emissions Standards Division (invited); Ginah Mortensen, director, Agriculture Compliance Assistance Center (confirmed).
Phone: 913/551-7874; Kansas City, KS
ELANCO ANIMAL HEALTH
What's hot: Use of antibiotics by livestock producers; antibiotic issue in Europe.
Spokesperson/title: Dennis Erpelding, manager, government relations, public affairs and communications.
Phone: 317/276-2721; Indianapolis, IN
EUROPEAN UNION FARMLINE
What's hot: Biotech in farming; next steps in EU farm policy reform; EU-U.S. differences in food aid around the world; WTO negotiations.
Spokespersons/titles: Gerard Kiely, counselor for agriculture, fisheries and consumer affairs; Willy Helin, director of press and public affairs.
Phone: 202/862-9560; Washington, D.C.
FARM CREDIT SERVICES OF AMERICA
What's hot: Country Home Loans product launch - financing for new or existing homes in the country and rural communities; Young & Beginning Producer program; crop insurance - claims vs. premiums; disaster assistance program - financing options during drought; real estate market values/interest rates; financial strength; third quarter highlights; 85th anniversary of Farm Credit Services.
Spokesperson/title: Neil Olsen, executive VP.
Phone: 402/348-3549; Omaha, NE
FARMERS NATIONAL CO.
What's hot: Strong real estate sales; hunting and fishing leases following purchase of Natural Habitats company; demand for more land to rent.
Spokespersons/titles: Jim Farrell, VP; Richard Hahn, president.
Phone: 800/346-2650; Omaha, NE
THE FERTILIZER INSTITUTE
What's hot: Post 9/11 security; fertilizer industry efforts to prevent the theft of anhydrous ammonia for the production of methamphetamine.
Spokesperson/title: Rino Maddalena, director of public affairs.
Phone: 202/515-2721; Washington, D.C.
FMC CORPORATION, AGIRCULTURAL PRODUCTS GROUP
What's hot: Mustang Max insecticide; Aim herbicide; Capture insecticide - Capture Liquid Ready System.
Spokespersons/titles: Brenda Franke, product manager, Mustang Max insecticide; Jamie Leifker, product manager, Aim herbicide; Bob West, product manager, Capture insecticide.
Phone: 816/801-5627; Kansas City, MO
GARST SEED CO.
What's hot: Growth of company; 29 new corn hybrids for 2003; 18 new soybean varieties; success of RR/SCN soybeans; corn and soybean yields across country; Left & Center Field of Dreams corn maze
to celebrate FS4JK anniversary; Garst CornCam and AgriPro SoybeanCam; technology stewardship/proper grain channeling; iron deficiency chlorosis.
Spokespersons/titles: Steve Klein, director of sales and marketing; Lori Thomas, marketing manager; Jeff Sernett, corn product manager; Scott Hart, soybean product manager; Jeff Lacina, PR manager.
Phone: 800/831-6630 x5202; Slater, IA
What's hot: New biological soybean seed protectant; two new seed-applied insecticides for corn; new labels for stored grain protectant, Storcide, for use directly on the grain and for bin treatment.
Spokespersons/titles: Charlie Hale, communications manager; Paul Holliday, product manager, corn and soybeans.
Phone: 972/985-8877 or 800/248-6907; Plano, TX
What's hot: Balanced soil fertility; producing higher yields for improving profits; narrowing the yield gap for profitability.
Spokespersons/titles: Dr. Ray Hoyum, VP market development and communications, IMC Global; Dr. Cliff Snyder, Midsouth director, Potash & Phosphate Institute.
Phone: 847/739-1511; Lake Forest, IL
What's hot: Food safety issues & animal health; antibiotic usage & livestock production in light of food safety issues; today's animal health product climate; equine use of intranasal vaccines; ovicidal treatment of horses going into winter.
Spokespersons/titles: Chris Ragland, VP, commercial operations; Craig Barnett, DVM.
Phone: 302/934-4355; Millsboro, DE
What's hot: Product launch of largest seeding line in John Deere history; introduction of 7020 tractors with Infinitely Variable Transmission, 6015 utility tractors, self-propelled forage harvesters, rotary windrowers, JD Office, JDLink, loaders, and rotary cutters.
Spokespersons/titles: Barry E. Nelson, manager, public relations; Chad Braden, product planner, Seeding Group.
Phone: 913/310-8324; Lenexa, KS
KANSAS CITY BOARD OF TRADE
What's hot: Wheat options - record-breaking year; wheat futures - good volume.
Spokespersons/titles: Bob Petersen, president; Shelia Summers, VP marketing; KCBT floor traders.
Phone: 816/753-7500; Kansas City, MO
W.K. KELLOGG FOUNDATION/THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
What's hot: Value-added production; managing grazing systems; sustainable crop and livestock production; women in farming; conservation group and farmer cooperation.
Spokespersons/titles: Francis Thicke, Iowa dairy farmer, Food & Society Policy Fellow; Denise O'Brien, Iowa fruit, vegetable and poultry farmer, Food & Society Policy Fellow; Jim Petterson, director of public affairs, The Nature Conservancy.
Phone: 317/816-9760; Carmel, IN
MACHINERY LINK INC.
What's hot: Largest fleet of harvesting equipment; shared utilization for farm equipment and the impact on a grower's bottom line; demonstrating credibility within the industry for quality, on-time service.
Spokespersons/titles: David Forsee, president/CEO; Tim Riley, VP sales.
Phone: 816/472-5900; Kansas City, MO
McCORMICK INTERNATIONAL USA
What's hot: McCormick Dealer Network; new product introductions; continued acceptance of McCormick brand.
Spokespersons/titles: Chad Huyser, marketing manager; Joe Michaels, general director/president.
Phone: 866/327-6733; Pella, IA
What's hot: SureHealth Beef Calf Reconditioning program updates; Merial FFA SAE grant sponsorship; year-round parasite control; winter manage control tips for dairy herds; mastitis control - significance of enhanced bacterial clearance from the mammary gland.
Spokespersons/titles: Veterinary Professional Services representatives.
Phone: 888/MERIAL1; Duluth, GA
What's hot: Technical updates on YieldGard Rootworm and Bollgard II; Roundup Weathermax; Asgrow and DeKalb 2003 offerings; Monsanto's Bioenergy program; biotech update; Roundup Ready corn and market choices; Roundup Ready technologies - soy, corn, cotton, canola.
Spokespersons/titles: Doug Dorsey, U.S. branded seed business leader; Jim Zimmer, U.S. chemistry business leader; David Rhylander, cotton & Southern region leader; Jennifer Ozimkiewicz, corn traits marketing manager; Kelly Fleming, Asgrow manager; Steve Rosenbloom, DeKalb manager.
Phone: 314/694-4452; St. Louis, MO
What's hot: (SEE MONSANTO).
What's hot: Herculex I Insect Protection; New KINZE Planters; Mlink Dealer E-Commerce; World's Forage Analysis Superbowl Results; Over-The-Top Program seed/chemical rebate, financing options.
Spokesperson/title: Greg Cannon, communications manager.
Phone: 317/337-7568; Indianapolis, IN
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE DEPARTMENTS OF AGRICULTURE
What's hot: Information on farm bill implementation; interstate shipment of state-inspected meat; environmental issues; country of origin labeling; disaster assistance; federal and state warehouse regulations.
Spokespersons/titles: Richard Kirchoff, executive VP & CEO; Jennifer Yezak Molen, directory, legislative & regulatory affairs; others to be determined.
Phone: 202/296-9680; Washington, D.C.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WHEAT GROWERS
What's hot: Disaster assistance; farm bill implementation; pesticide issues - harmonization, ESA consultation; rail competition; 2003 Wheat Industry Conference; government self-imitation of anti-dumping case against Canadian Wheat Board; agricultural appropriations.
Spokespersons/titles: Gary Broyles, president; Daren Coppock, CEO; June Silverberg, corporate relations director.
Phone: 202/547-7800; Washington, D.C.
NATIONAL CATTLEMENT'S BEEF ASSOCIATION
What's hot: Beef checkoff litigation; environment and federal lands; food safety; nutrition; estate taxes; international trade; drought relief.
Phone: 303/850-3349; Centennial, CO
NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE ASSOCIATION
What's hot: Christmas tree production and recycling.
Spokespersons/titles: Ed Hedlund, Grand Champion Christmas tree grower; Buzz Warren, national director.
Phone: 314/205-9103; St. Louis, MO
NATIONAL CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION
What's hot: Companion Disaster Assistance Program; energy bill; defending ag.
Spokespersons/titles: Fred Yoder, president; Tim Hume, chairman; Dee Vaughan, president-elect; Rick Tolman, CEO; Mimi Ricketts, director of communications; Gary Bradley, strategic marketing communications manager.
Phone: 314/275-9915; St. Louis, MO
NATIONAL COTTON COUNCIL OF AMERICA
What's hot: New farm legislation; conservation programs.
Spokespersons/titles: Craig Brown, VP, producer affairs; Tom Wedegaetner, director of cottonseed research and marketing, Cotton Incorporated.
Phone: 901/274-9030; Memphis, TN
NATIONAL FARMERS UNION
What's hot: Disaster assistance; market concentration; farm bill implementation; quality of rural life issues; renewable fuels.
Spokesperson/title: Dave Frederickson, president.
Phone: 202/314-3191; Washington, D.C.
NATIONAL GRAIN AND FEED ASSOCIATION
What's hot: U.S. Warehouse Act; protecting financial interest in grain; BSE prevention; Jones Act; agricultural contracts and litigation; West Coast port work stoppage.
Spokespersons/titles: Kendell Keith, president; Randy Gordon, VP, communications and government relations.
Phone: 202/289-0873; Washington, D.C.
NATIONAL GRAIN SORGHUM PRODUCERS
What's hot: Farm bill implementation; ethanol; sorghum's role in heart health and cancer prevention; Sorghum Industry Conference.
Spokespersons/titles: Tim Lust, executive director; Kenneth Rose, national president; Norma Ritz Johnson, communications director.
Phone: 806/749-3478; Lubbock, TX
NATIONAL PORK BOARD
What's hot: New checkoff-funded marketing program; Pork Checkoff; expanding international markets.
Spokespersons/titles: Hugh Dorminy, president; Steve Murphy, CEO & director of economics; Mike Wegner, VP of communications; Cindy Cunningham, assistant VP of communications.
Phone: 515/223-2600; Des Moines, IA
NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL
What's hot: International trade; producer consent program; low hog prices; farm bill; bioterrorism; environmental issues; food safety.
Spokespersons/titles: Kara Flynn, director of communications; Dave Roper, president; Neil Dierks, CEO; Nick Giordano, International Trade Counsel.
Phone: 202/347-3600; Washington, D.C.
NATIONAL RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION
NATIONAL RURAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COOPERATIVE
What's hot: FCC restriction of DIRECTV/EchoStar merger; NRTC working to bring broadband access to all of rural America.
Spokespersons/titles: Harry W. Thibedeau, manager of satellite industry relations.
Phone: 800/995-5592 x7154; Herndon, VA
NEW HOLLAND NORTH AMERICA
What's hot: New product launches; National Farm-City Week; importance of the Farm-City message.
Spokespersons/titles: Allen Rider, VP, North American Agricultural Business; Gene Hemphill, manager, North American Public Relations, and chairman of National Farm-City Council.
Phone: 717/355-1371; New Holland, PA
PHARMACIA ANIMAL HEALTH
What's hot: Eazi-Breed CIDR Cattle Insert - first cattle reproduction breakthrough in 20 years; Lutalyse Sterile Solution.
Spokespersons/titles: Dr. Fred Lehman, technical services manager; Joseph Burkett, public affairs.
Phone: 269/833-2693; Kalamazoo, MI
PHILIP MORRIS MANAGEMENT CORP./SHARED SOLUTIONS
What's hot: 2003 Shared Solutions Contributions grant recipients to be announced; three water quality projects receive support from Shared Solutions.
Spokesperson/title: Katherine Trent, director of agriculture relations.
Phone: 804/274-3329; Richmond, VA
PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL INC.
What's hot: New line of corn hybrids and soybean varieties, including a limited number of corn hybrids with Roundup Ready™ trait and Herculex™ I Insect Protection trait; expanded GrowingPoint Web site.
Spokespersons/titles: Kyle Whitaker, technology launch manager, corn; Bart Baudler, soybean crop business manager; Kevin Diehl, crop protection marketing manager; Bill Belzer, E-business manager; Jerry Harrington, sales & marketing public relations manager.
Phone: 515/334-6908; Johnston, IA
What's hot: Grassroots movement in fertilizer industry; Fertile Minds ProAction kit available to ag dealers.
Spokesperson/title: Jay Lehr, Fertile Minds spokesperson.
Phone: 847/298-9900; Saskatoon, Canada
PROPANE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH COUNCIL (PERC)
What's hot: Cost advantage of propane; safe choice - nontoxic and water soluble; capabilities in running generators and combines, heating brooding houses, controlling pests and drying crops; flame cultivation technology.
Spokespersons/titles: Kate Caskin, senior VP; John Emmitte, director of grants management; Paul Culver, chairman, Agriculture Advisory Committee.
Phone: 202/452-8975; Washington, D.C.
RAIN AND HAIL LLC
What's hot: 2002 crop losses; 2003 coverage options.
Spokespersons/titles: Dan DeLano, national marketing manager; Scott Arnold, Midwest division marketing manager; Fran Herman, Northern division marketing manager.
Phone: 515/559-1000; Johnston, IA
RENEWABLE FUELS ASSOCATION
What's hot: Update on federal energy legislation/RFS; electoral impact on ethanol industry.
Spokespersons/titles: Monte Shaw, communications director; Bob Dinneen, president.
Phone: 202/289-3835; Washington, D.C.
THE SOYFOODS COUNCIL
What's hot: Health updates; new products; FDA approved health claims concerning soy; combining proteins to maintain flavor; health benefits of soy.
Spokespersons/titles: Jana Finnegan, food marketing manager.
Phone: 515/727-0796 or 866/431-9814; Urbandale, IA
SYNGENTA CROP PROTECTION
What's hot: Weed control in corn, soybeans, cotton and other crops; glyphosate resistance; environmental issues.
Spokespersons/titles: Matt Comer, brand manager; Chuck Foresman, technical brand manager; Mike Moss, head of research and development biology.
Phone: 336/632-6000; Greensboro, NC
SYNGENTA SEEDS INC.
What's hot: Community Choice - local finance option; NK Corn product line; corn hybrids with Force ST insecticide with ProShield technology; Agrometer GDU monitor; portfolio approach to products; growing season update; TruPlant Planter Meter Test Stands; TruBulk soybean delivery system; NK Soybean product line; Zimmerman white corn.
Spokespersons/titles: Marc Hennen, corn marketing manager; Bob Navratil, technical information and training manager; Mark Schmidt, soybean and sunflower product manager; Jerry Strissel, product development manager, white corn.
Phone: 763/593-7333; Golden Valley, MN
What's hot: 2002 Census of Agriculture - largest fact-finding mission for agriculture.
Spokespersons/titles: Fred Vogel, deputy administrator; Mark Harris, chief, crops branch; Dan Kerestes, chief, livestock branch; Janet Allen, marketing section head.
Phone: 202/690-8122; Washington, D.C.
What's hot: Conservation programs in the 2002 farm bill; role of districts in conservation.
Spokespersons/titles: Bruce Knight, NRCS chief; NACD official to be named for conservation districts.
Phone: 202/720-3210; Washington, D.C.
U.S. GRAINS COUNCIL
What's hot: Export outlook and opportunities for barley, corn, sorghum and their products; trade policy developments; biotechnology; WTO agriculture negotiations; trade sanctions.
Spokespersons/titles: Don Jacoby, chairman; Ken Hobbie, president/CEO.
Phone: 202/789-0789; Washington, D.C.
U.S. MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION
What's hot: Japan market recovering, but challenges remain; Korea - Asia's hot market; continuing momentum in Mexico.
Spokesperson/title: Lynn Heinze, VP, information.
Phone: 303/623-6328; Denver, CO
UNITED SOYBEAN BOARD
What's hot: Soy biodiesel; Better Bean Initiative; soy-based carpet backing; soy health claim; soybean checkoff addressing the soybean rust issue.
Spokespersons/titles: Richard Borgsmiller, chairman; David Durham, vice chairman; John Becherer, CEO.
Phone: 800/989-8721; Chesterfield, MO
VALENT USA CORPORATION
What's hot: New products: Seize 35 WP for California stonefruit, pome fruit and almonds; Esteem 35 WP for stonefruit; Valor Herbicide for soybeans and corn; Regiment Herbicide for rice; Resource Herbicide for corn and soybeans.
Spokespersons/titles: Molly R. Okeon, Archer>Malmo PR; John McClendon, Valent market manager; Steve Slaveck, Valent product manager.
Phone: 800/682-5368; Walnut Creek, CA
What's hot: Water conservation through pivots; EQIP Program and Irrigation; being careful of the lure of the drip.
Spokespersons/titles: Tom Spears, president; Mel Canterbury, TSM; Kim Lang, communications manager.
Phone: 402/359-6110; Valley, NE