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ONLY NATIONAL FARMLAND PROTECTION GROUP NAMES THREE TO ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 ONLY NATIONAL FARMLAND PROTECTION GROUP NAMES THREE
 TO ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Farmland Trust (AFT) today named a Charleston, S.C., investment firm chief, a California foundation president, and a Minnesota ag law expert to its board of directors.
 AFT is the only national, non-profit organization that works to stop the loss of productive farmland and to promote farming practices that lead to a healthy environment. Now in its 12th year, AFT has regional or field offices in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania. The group received the president's Environment and Conservation Challenge Award for its innovative work on the nation's environmental problems. Only eight other groups nationwide received an award, and AFT was the sole Innovation category winner.
 The three new directors are Dennis A. Collins of San Francisco, Ralph K. Morris of Minneapolis, and John Winthrop of Charleston, S.C.
 Collins, 51, has been president of The James Irvine Foundation since 1985. The foundation, with headquarters in San Francisco and an office in Los Angeles, has assets of $600 million. The organization makes grants to community services, the cultural arts, health programs, private higher education, and youth-serving organizations throughout the state of California.
 A native of Seattle, Collins received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University and subsequently spent 23 years in educational administration as a dean at Occidental College in Los Angeles, headmaster at Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y., and founding headmaster of San Francisco University High School.
 Morris, 51, grew up on a dairy farm 60 miles west of Minneapolis in Dassel. He received an undergraduate degree in business from Harvard University and a law degree from Stanford University.
 He has been an attorney with the law firm of Doherty, Rumble, & Butler since 1966 and currently serves as chairman of the firm's board of directors. Formed in the 1850s, Doherty, Rumbel, & Butler is a 95-lawyer firm with offices in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Denver and Washington.
 Morris' area of practice involves agriculture, agricultural cooperatives and rural electrics. He represents clients throughout the United States and serves as outside general counsel for several agricultural cooperatives. The principal focus of his practice involves corporate, tax and financing issues.
 Winthrop, 55, founded his investment advisory firm in Charleston in 1980. Previously, he had been chairman and director of the deVegh Mutual Fund and chairman of Wood, Struthers, & Winthrop Management Corporation, both in New York City.
 Winthrop also is president of Ivanhoe Plantation, Inc., a tree farm plantation in Allendale, S.C., in addition, he is an independent trustee of Pioneer Funds of Boston, and Alliance Money Funds of New York City. He has his undergraduate degree from Harvard and an MBA from Columbia Graduate School of Business. He currently is a director of the Health Sciences Foundation of Charleston.
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