Comments from National 4-H Council CEO Don Floyd on the Virginia Tech tragedy:
"Our Virginia State 4-H office is located next to Norris Hall and our 4-H staff heard the gunshots. Most tragically two of the students who died were in 4-H, and two wives of faculty colleagues were killed.
"While we stand in support of our friends at Virginia Tech we also redouble our efforts to serve the 6.5 million young people in the 4-H movement. Equipping them with the essential elements of belonging, mastery, generosity, and independence puts them on a successful path and not a path to depression and darkness."
Philip Josephson, Exec Dir of Alpha Gamma Rho receives the North-American Interfraternity Conference's highest award, the Gold Metal Award. The award is presented to an individual in recognition of lifetime distinguished service to youth and the fraternal movement.
The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) hires Dr. Barry Morton as its first Dir of Science and Technology.
He previously was with Farm Credit and Dauphin Deposit Bank.
The Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association announces the Nebraska Power Farming Show to be held in Lincoln, NE, in December.
The new indoor agricultural show will provide a face-to-face marketing opportunity for ag-related manufacturers and businesses, featuring farm equipment and ag-related displays.
For more information about the Nebraska Power Farming Show visit, www.nebraskapowershow.com.
The National FFA Organization appoints Dixie Gray as Exec Dir of the Commercial LifeKnowledge team.
She will be responsible for licensing and customizing FFA's LifeKnowledge and collateral materials for other national youth organizations.
Gray joins FFA from the Indianapolis-based Work Solutions. She has also been with Thomas P. Miller Associates, Abbott Labs and Tiburon.
FFA also names Bill Hale as Exec Dir of the Agricultural Education Learning Center (AELC).
Hale will be responsible for the overall strategic development, management and implementation of the center.
Hale was previously with Ford Motor Company.
The Country Living Association (CLA) announces Land O'Lakes Purina Feed as a new gold-level sponsor.
In addition the Association announces its new radio program "Country Living Minute." The program is a one-minute, daily radio feature providing information on topics of importance to people who live the country life.
Topics for daily features range widely, from taking care of animals on the farm and when to call a vet to purchasing equipment and hiring contract labor.
The association also announces it is hosting a series of educational clinics across the U.S. and a National Challenge event in 2007. Farm Safety 4 Just Kids will assist with educational and safety training at the educational clinics.
These events will provide a wide range of information that will be of interest to those living a rural lifestyle — from financial management and tax information to safety training and purchasing the right equipment. The following are dates and locations of the 2007 events, and additional information can be found at www.countrylivingassociation.org.
Columbus, OH — June 21, 2007
Rochester, MN — July 14, 2007
Indianapolis, IN — September 8, 2007
In addition to the educational clinic program, the Country Living Association event to be held in October in Kansas City will also include a National Challenge and trade show. The Challenge will include competitive events complete with prize money and awards.
The NAMA Bombers landed without a scratch in Dallas, Texas this year for the annual NAMA Conference.
"We hit some rain the first day on our way to Oklahoma City. It was a little cool at 41 degrees, but since we are tough it didn't slow us down. Actually the rest of the members were a little tougher than me since I had my heated electric vest on under my rain suit. Some people would say that is cheating, but I think it says this isn't my first road trip," says Jeremy Povenmire, NAMA Bombers VP.
The NAMA Bombers contribution of the autographed Wild Hogs movie poster raised over $500 for the ABEF Auction. Lynn Balinas from The Hondo Group was the winning bidder.
"Smokey" Jill Wenzel was able to join her fellow NAMA Bombers in Oklahoma and ride with the pack into Dallas. With the exception of an inattentive driver who nearly ran Jill over (while talking on her cell phone), the trip went off without a hitch. Luckily "Gentleman Jim" Gresham was able to get the driver's attention and give her the NAMA Bombers "one fingered wave."
Next year the NAMA Bombers plan on hosting a day trip motorcycle ride around the Kansas City area for NAMA Conference attendees who wish to participate. Motorcycle rental will be available. More details to follow. Support your local NAMA Bombers!