Trade talk guide. (Farm Broadcast).
Broadcasters attending the NAFB NAFB National Association of Farm Broadcasters (now National Association of Farm Broadcasting)
NAFB National Association of Farm Broadcasting (formerly National Association of Farm Broadcasters; Platte City, Missouri) 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 in-depth
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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.
ACDI/VOCA What's hot: Deterring terrorism through international ag development; U.S. citizens can volunteer to do international ag development work; increasing U.S. farm exports. Spokesperson/title: Perry Letson, Asst. VP, communications. Phone: 202.879.0269; Washington, DC AGPROCESSING INC (AGP) What's hot: Soydiesel Spokespersons/titles: Steve Nogel, director, sales and marketing, Ag Environmental Products (AEP). Phone: 402.496.6627; Omaha, NE AGCO CORPORATION What's hot: New AGCO tractors ranging from 22 to 225 horsepower; AG-CHEM acquisition; Fendt Vario Series tractors; Fieldstar global positioning system. Spokespersons/titles: Dennis Heinecke, general marketing manager, AGCO; Daryl Patten, general marketing manager, sprayer products; Shannon Pickering, Fendt product specialist; Jerry Schmitt, general marketing manager, Fieldstar. Phone: 770.813.6097; Duluth, GA AGSTAR FINANCIAL SERVICES, ACA What's hot: "Rising Star" program for young/beginning farmers; post-harvest farm financial conditions; leasing strategies for the fourth quarter; reducing taxes. Spokespersons/titles: Paul De Briyn, president/CEO; Jim McKissick, VP marketing/communications. Phone: 507.386.4245; Mankato, MN AGRIGOLD SEEDS What's hot: New corn hybrids for 2002; genetic diversity; testing network. Spokespersons/titles: Tim Griffith, director, agronomic services; Soren Raveling, communications manager. Phone: 800.262.7333; St. Francisville, IL AGRISTAR GLOBAL NETWORKS, LTD. What's hot: New high-speed, two-way small dish satellite Internet access with agri-specific AOL-type browser for top farmers, ranchers and ag retailers. Spokespersons/titles: Cliff Ganschow, CEO; Kip Pendleton, CEO of DirectAg, an AgriStar business unit; Warren E. Clark, communications consultant. Phone: 847.836.5100; Chicago, IL AGRICULTURAL RETAILERS ASSOCIATION What's hot: Hours of service and DOT proposal; brake lights and anhydrous trailers spray drift; nutrient management. Spokespersons/titles: Jack Eberspacher, president/CEO; Wendell Stratton, chairman. Phone: 202.457.0825; Washington, D.C. AMERICAN CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION What's hot: Farm bill; energy; new technology. Spokespersons/titles: Larry Mitchell, executive director; Keith Dittrich, president; David Senter, director, legislative affairs; Mike Alberts, 1st VP. Phone: 202.835.0330; Washington, DC AMERICAN CROP PROTECTION ASSOCIATION What's hot: Biotechnology; water issues; eco-terrorism; crop technology benefits; children's health and pesticides. Spokespersons/titles: Dr. Leah Porter, executive director, ACPA biotechnology committee; Pat Getter, VP, communications; Allan Noe, VP, state affairs, biotechnology and water programs. Phone: 202.296.1585; Washington, DC AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION What's hot: Farm bill and agricultural policy; Trade Promotion Authority; trade sanctions; World Trade Organization. Spokespersons/titles: Audrae Erickson, senior director, congressional relations; Tim Cansler, director, congressional relations. Phone: 202.484.3600; Washington, DC AMERICAN SHEEP INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION What's hot: Proposed lamb checkoff program; lamb prices; wool trust fund programs; wool payments in farm bill. Spokespersons/titles: Peter Orwick, executive director; Guy Flora, VP. Phone: 303.771.3500; Englewood, CO AMERICAN SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION What's hot: Equitable treatment of soybeans in the farm bill; biodiesel/renewable fuels; biotechnology/China trade; Trade Promotion Authority; food aid/WISHH Program; 2002 Commodity Classic. Spokespersons/titles: Bart Ruth, president; Tony Anderson, chairman; Dwain Ford, first vice president; Jim Guinn, executive director, international marketing. Phone: 314.576.1770; St. Louis, MO AMERICAN SUGAR ALLIANCE What's hot: Farm bill; trade agreements and Trade Promotion Authority. Spokespersons/titles: Luther Markwart; Ray VanDriessche, president; Joseph Terrell, director, public affairs. Phone: 703.351.5055; Arlington, VA ANIMAL HEALTH INSTITUTE What's hot: Biosecurity; availability of animal drugs; changes needed at the Center of Veterinary Medicine; producer role in managing antibiotic resistance. Spokesperson/title: Ron Phillips, VP, legislative/public affairs. Phone: 202.637.2440; Washington, DC ASSOCIATED MILK PRODUCERS INC. What's hot: Will the Midwest continue to be a leading dairy region?; dairy price outlook; farm bill. Spokespersons/titles: Mark Furth, CEO/general manager; Paul Toff, president. Phone: 507.354.8295; New Ulm, MN AVENTIS What's hot: Option[R] corn herbicide; BRONATE Advance[TM]; ICON[R] FS rice insecticide seed treatment; BALANCE[R]PRO,. Liberty[R] and REGENT[R] corn herbicides; RICESTAR[TM] rice herbicide; FiberMax[R] cotton seed; BUCTRIL[R]/BXN[R] Cotton System; LibertyLink[R] canola. Spokespersons/titles: Mark Bishop, product lead Option[R]; Brent Marek, Al manager HBS's; Brian Ahrens, product lead REGENT[R]/ICON[R]; Rob Schrick, product lead BALANCE[R]PRO/DEFINE[R]. Phone: 919.549.2000; Research Triangle Park, NC BASF What's hot: New product launches for Newpath[TM] herbicide for the Clearfield * Production System for rice, Headline[TM] fungicide, Cabrio[TM] fungicide, Beyond[TM] herbicide for the Clearfield* Production System for wheat, Guardsman[TM] herbicide and Outlook[R] herbicide. Spokespersons/titles: Jerry Minore, manager, marketing strategy for diversified/ high value crops; Scott Gibson, manager, marketing strategy for Clearfield crops; Dan McGuire, manager; Jason Ward, manager. Phone: 800.326.1810; Research Triangle Park, NC BAYER CORPORATION What's hot: Recent corporate changes; new product updates Spokespersons/titles: Scott Welge, marketing manager for corn; Jimmy Johnson Phone: 816.242.4803; Kansas City, MO BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM VETMEDICA, INC. What's hot: Express[TM] 5-PHM respiratory vaccine; Lysigin[R]; new executive VP of U.S. domestic business; Paul Hays. Spokespersons/titles: Wayne Cole, biological product manager; Jim Van Proosdy, corporate sales manager. Phone: 800.325.9167; St. Joseph, MO CAPITAL AGRICULTURAL PROPERTY SERVICES, INC. What's hot: Conservation incentives in the new farm bill; land values/rents; Washington perspective from the Business Alliance Council of NACD. Spokespersons/titles: Ray L. Brownfield, AFM, ARA, president, CAPS. Phone: 630.434.9150; Lisle, IL CARGILL AGHORIZONS CASE IH What's hot: New line of hay and forage equipment; Case IH SPX4260 sprayer; Case IH 1200 Series 12-and 16-row pivot transport planters; new tillage products; Case IH shield protection plan. Spokespersons/titles: J.R. Russ Green, senior director, marketing; Patrick Carter, product marketing manager, hay/forage; Claudia Garber, manager, communications/ brand promotion. Phone: 262:636.5678; Racine, WI CATERPILLAR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS What's hot: New Challenger[R] MT700 Series tractor; CaT[R] TL4 Series soil finisher and TL5 field cultivator; new Lexion[R] combine manufacturing plant in Omaha, NE; updates to Lexion rotary combines. Spokespersons/titles: Neal Ament, senior marketing consultant; Lori Porter, marketing communications; Ann Schreifels, marketing communications; Lisa Jorgensen, marketing communications. Phone: 815.754.8452; DeKalb, IL CATTLEMEN'S BEEF BOARD What's hot: Beef demand; new beef products; beef safety research. Spokespersons/titles: Monte Reese, COO; Dan Hammond, chairman. Phone: 303.694.0305; Englewood, CO CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF What's hot: "Pull-through" effect in branded beef (CAB[R]); prize money for "Best of the Breed"; beef records service; angus resource clearinghouse network; junior program. Spokespersons/titles: Steve Suther, director, industry information; Calvin Gunter, director, "Best of the Breed"; Susan Rhode, director, public relations, American Angus Association; Matt Perrier, assistant director, commercial program, American Angus Association. Phone: 800.225.2333; Wooster, OH CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE COMMODITY CLASSIC CONKLIN COMPANY, INC. What's hot: Maintaining or increasing yields on high nitrogen-demand crops while lowering levels of nitrates in groundwater; super producers; natural alternatives to antibiotics; direct fed microbials; Conklin lubricants; fuel conditioners. Spokespersons/titles: Dennis Dammen, agronomics product division manager; Dennis Nun, president, Heartland International, Inc.; Bob Brennan, vehicle/lubrication product division manager; Charles W. Herbster, president/CEO. Phone: 952.445.6010; Shakopee, MN COTTON BOARD What's hot: Creative market building and agricultural research programs; "Variety & Quality Improvement" program. Spokesperson/title: Dr. Roy Cantrell, VP, agricultural research. Phone: 901.683.2500; Memphis, TN COUNCIL FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY What's hot: Environmental benefits of biotech corn, cotton and soybeans; economic benefits of 30 biotech crops; consumer attitudes on biotech crops and foods. Spokespersons/titles: Dan Towery, natural resources specialist; Margaret Speich, director, communications; Janet Carpenter, research associate; Linda Thrane, executive director. Phone: 202.857.2229; Washington, DC DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA, INC. DAIRY MANAGEMENT INC. What's hot: Checkoff-funded efforts to increase dairy demand for fluid milk, cheese, whey; dairy image. Spokespersons/titles: Dairy producer serving on the national board, and the national and regional dairy checkoff staff. Phone: 847.803.2000; Rosemont, IL DEKALB/ASGROW (See Monsanto Co.) DELTA AND PINE LAND COMPANY What's hot: New cotton varieties for 2002; 2001 cotton crop quality. Spokespersons/titles: Janice Person, public relations manager; Randy Dismuke, senior VP; Dr. Dave Albers, technical services regional agronomist. Phone: 662.742.4000; Scott, MS DOW AGROSCIENCES What's hot: Waterhemp control; weed pressure in soybeans; plant genetics/biotechnology; Herculex[TM] I insect protection; future technology. Spokespersons/titles: Kirk Morehead, sales representative; Wally Thinglestad, product communications manager. Phone: 317.337.4552; Indianapolis, IN EPA What's hot: Environmental programs in agriculture; food safety issues. Spokespersons/titles: Jean Marie Peltier, ag counselor to the administrator; Stephen Johnson, office of prevention, pesticides, toxic substances; Tracy Mehan, office of water; Jeffrey R. Holmstead, office of air; James B. Gulliford, region 7 adminstrator. Phone: 913.551.7874; Kansas City, KS ELANCO ANIMAL HEALTH What's hot: Profits and benefits of Paylean. Spokesperson/title: Dr. D. Jay Jones, senior technical advisor. Phone: 317.276.4785; Indianapolis, IN EUROPEAN UNION FARMLINE What's hot: EU/US ag policies; WTO Round; biotechnology; EU agriculture policy development. Spokespersons/titles: Gerard Kiely, agriculture counselor, European Commission; Jan Groeneveld, agriculture counselor, Embassy of Netherlands. Phone: 202.862.9541; Washington, DC FARM CREDIT SERVICES OF AMERICA What's hot: State of the credit industry/ economic outlook; interest rate environment; risk management protection Spokespersons/titles: Neil Olsen, executive VP, lending; Doug Hofbauer, president, Frontier Farm Credit, ACA; Bob Rhoton, financial services officer, Frontier Farm Credit, ACA. Phone: 402.348.3238; Omaha, NE FARM PROGRESS COMPANIES FARMERS NATIONAL COMPANY What's hot: 2002 land rental terms and cash rent rates; current land values in the Midwest; "The Cash Rent Network." Spokespersons/titles: Jim Farrell, VP; Ken Springer, farm manager, business development rep. Phone: 402.496.3276; Omaha, NE FARMLAND INDUSTRIES THE FERTILIZER INSTITUTE FMC CORPORATION GARST SEED COMPANY What's hot: Selecting "packages" of seed; New G-STAC hybrids for 2002; "The Dozen," new varieties of soybeans; market-share growth; CornCam and SoybeanCam. Spokespersons/titles: Dr. David Witherspoon, president; Steve Klein, director, sales/ marketing; Lori Thomas, marketing manager; Jeff Lacina, public relations manager. Phone: 800.831.6630 ext. 5202; Slater, IA GUSTAFSON What's hot: Purchase incentive program for canola and wheat; sorghum seed safener; trends in on-demand cotton; wheat treating services; Gaucho[R] and Prescribe[TM] seed-applied insecticides. Spokespersons/titles: Charlie Hale, communications manager; Paul Holliday, product manager. Phone: 972.985.5650; Plano, TX HARVEST PARTNERS What's hot: Harvest Partner points; new exclusive credit card and long distance program; 2002 Harvest Partners catalog. Spokespersons/titles: Paul Redhage, communication manager; Jeff Klock, communication manager; Darren Hora, program manager. Phone: 800.326.1810; Research Triangle Park, NC IMC GLOBAL What's hot: Narrowing the yield gap; higher yields and improving profits; fertility program. Spokespersons/titles: Dr. Ray Hoyum, VP, market development; Dr. Paul Fixen, senior VP, North American programs, Potash & Phosphate Institute. Phone: 847.739.1200; Lake Forest, IL INTERVET What's hot: Bovine neosporosis; internal parasites' impact on immune response; beef quality assurance. Spokespersons/titles: Dr. Les Choromanski, neospora research manager; Brett Whitehead, VP, animal health; Dr. Chris Reinhardt, nutritionist. Phone: 800.835.0541; Millsboro, DE JOHN DEERE What's hot: Largest new product launch in John Deere history includes: 6003, 6020, 8020 and 9020 Series tractors; 8020 Series tractors feature new front independent link suspension and ActiveSeat; 9020 Series 4wd tractors have new 18-speed automatic power shift transmission and engine horsepower from 280-450-hp. Spokespersons/titles: Barry E. Nelson, manager, public relations; Mike Hankins, tractor specialist. Phone: 913.310.8324; Lenexa, KS KANSAS CITY BOARD OF TRADE What's hot: Hard red winter wheat futures and options. Spokesperson/title: Shelia Summers, VP, marketing. Phone: 816.753.7500; Kansas City, MO MACHINERY LINK What's hot: Innovation equipment programs; making equipment financially feasible; logistics of equipment transportation and care. Spokespersons/titles: David Forsee, CEO; David Govert, VP, producer development. Phone: 816.472.5900 ext. 207; Kansas City, MO MERIAL What's hot: Beef and dairy SUREHEALTH protocols. Spokespersons/titles: Dr. Dan Otto, manager, large animal veterinary professional services; Dr. Myron Brown, manager, large animal veterinary professional services. Phone: 888.MERIAL.1; Duluth, GA MONSANTO COMPANY What's hot: New Monsanto Pledge; Asgrow and DeKalb seed lines; Roundup UltraMax; biotechnology; residue proven soybean and corn varieties; Farm Flex financing; Roundup Rewards; Bollgard registration; conservation tillage; insect resistance management for Bollgard and YieldGard; Better Bean Initiative; processor preferred soybean varieties. Spokespersons/titles: Bruno Alesii, manager, agronomic systems; David Heering, Roundup technical lead; Doug Dorsey, director, marketing; Jim Zimmer, marketing director; Tom Hoagheen, director, environmental stewardship; Barry Knight, manager, field environmental operations; Kelly Fleming, marketing manager; Steve Rosenbloom, marketing manager; Brad Wagner, Roundup manager; Jennifer Ozimkiewicz, marketing manager. Phone: 314.694.4452; St. Louis, MO MONSANTO ROUNDUP (See Monsanto) MYCOGEN SEEDS NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WHEAT GROWERS What's hot: Farm bill. Spokespersons/titles: Daren Coppock, CEO; Dusty Tallman, president. Phone: 202.547.7800; Washington, DC NATIONAL CATTLEMEN'S BEEF ASSOCIATION What's hot: Farm bill; protecting the nation's cattle supply; international trade. Spokespersons/titles: Chuck Shroeder, CEO; Phil Hardee, chairman, policy division. Phone: 303.694.0305; Englewood, CO NATIONAL BIODIESEL BOARD What's hot: Benefits of biodiesel; impact of biodiesel demand on net farm income. Spokespersons/titles: Jenna Higgins, director, communications; Dave Durham, Hardin, Missouri soybean farmer. Phone: 800.841.5849; Jefferson City, MO NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL COTTON COUNCIL OF AMERICA What's hot: Farm bill; implementation of crop insurance; "Cotton Counts"--announcement of new grassroots effort. Spokespersons/titles: Ben Noble, senior government relations representative; Julie Murphree, Nation Cotton Women's Committee. Phone: 901.274.9030; Memphis, TN NATIONAL CROP INSURANCE SERVICES What's hot: Custom risk management strategies; benefits of crop insurance. Spokespersons/titles: Robert Parkerson, president; Laurie Langstraat, director, public relations; Jeol Weiss, committee chair; Laurence Crane, director, education/training. Phone: 913.685.2767; Overland Park, KS NATIONAL FARM MEDICINE CENTER What's hot: North American guidelines for childhood agriculture injury. Spokespersons/titles: Scott Heiberger, rural health communications specialist; Sally Cutter, education specialist. Phone: 715.389.7451; Marshfield, WI NATIONAL FARMERS UNION What's hot: Country of origin labeling; farm bill. Spokespersons/titles: Tom Buis, VP, government relations; Laura Johnston. Phone: 303.338.2535; Aurora, CO NATIONAL GRAIN AND FEED ASSOCIATION What's hot: Importance of trade to future growth of U.S. agriculture; farm bill; biosecurity for grain/feed. Spokespersons/titles: Kendell Keith, president; Randy Gordon, VP, communications/government relations. Phone: 202.289.0873; Washington, DC NATIONAL GRAIN SORGHUM PRODUCERS What's hot: Farm bill; marketing outlook for grain sorghum; sorghum research funding. Spokespersons/titles: Tim Lust, executive director; Leo Bindel, president; Norma Ritz Johnson, communications director. Phone: 806.749.3478; Lubbock, TX NATIONAL PORK BOARD What's hot: Pork checkoff; National Pork Board transition; foreign and emerging disease protection of the pork industry. Spokespersons/titles: Craig Christensen, VP; Steve Murphy, CEO; Dr. Beth Lautner, VP of science and technology; Cindy Cunningham, assistant VP, communications. Phone: 515.223.2600; Des Moines, IA NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL NATIONAL RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION NATIONAL RURAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COOPERATIVE What's hot: Two-way, high speed Internet via satellite, bringing connectivity and closing the digital divide in rural America. Spokespersons/titles: Harry Thibedeau, manager, satellite industry relations. Phone: 703.787.0874; Herndon, VA NEW HOLLAND What's hot: Farm-City Council message; World's Toughest Rodeo. Spokespersons/titles: Carroll Merry, administrative coordinator, Farm-City Council; Steve Gander, executive director, World's Toughest Rodeo. Phone: 717.355.1371; New Holland, PA PHARMACIA ANIMAL HEALTH What's hot: Durable Cure(SM); 100-Day Contract(SM). Phone: 616.833.2693; Kalamazoo, MI PHILIP MORRIS What's hot: Pork information group; ARMS risk management program; 2001 ag grant recipients. Spokespersons/titles: Russell Laird, director, agriculture relations; Katherine Trent, manager, agriculture relations. Phone: 804.274.3329; Richmond, VA PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL INC. What's hot: New corn and soybean products for 2002; research program targeting grower recommendations; Steadfast, a new grass herbicide; Crop Protection Plus; new cereal herbicide replacement program; seed biotechnology. Spokespersons/titles: Don Schafer, oilseeds product manager; Keith O'Bryan, agronomy research manager; Kyle Whitaker, product and technology communications manager, corn; Brian Kjergaard, product manager, corn/crop protection; Jerry Harrington, sales/ public relations manager; Warren McDougal, product manager, cereals/crop protection. Phone: 515.334.6908; Johnston, IA PURDUE UNIVERSITY What's hot: Precision farming profitability; future of site-specific agriculture; making the most of GPS, remote sensing and GIS in crop production. Spokespersons/titles: Jeff Lowenberg-DeBoer; director, site-specific management center; Chris Johannsen, agronomy professor. Phone: 765.494.6134; W. Lafayette, IN RAIN AND HAIL LLC What's hot: AFPA success; future of crop insurance; crop insurance e-commerce. Spokespersons/titles: Mark Classen, VP, Northern division manager; Steve Wedel, VP, Pacific division manager; Jerry Kincade, VP, Midwest division manager; Dan DeLano, asst. VP, national marketing manager. Phone: 515.559.1000; West Des Moines, IA RENEWABLE FUELS ASSOCIATION What's hot: National energy policy legislation; record industry expansion; new market opportunities for ethanol on the coasts. Spokesperson/title: Bob Dineen, president/CEO. Phone: 202.289.3835; Washington, DC ROCHE VITAMINS, INC. What's hot: Returns to poultry and livestock producers from optimum vitamin nutrition; biotin for hoof health in dairy cattle; Hy-D. Spokespersons/titles: Dr. Scott Williams, director, animal health; Dr. Jon Wilson, director, technical marketing; Dr. Lee McDowell, professor, animal nutritionist, University of Florida; Dr. Merlin Lindemann, professor, animal sciences, University of Kentucky. Phone: 609.430.9020; Princeton, NJ SCN COALITION/PLANT HEALTH INITIATIVES What's hot: Web info on soybean pests/diseases; using www.NCSRP.com/planthealth as a diagnostic tool; Web info shapes seed purchase decisions and management options for 2002 season. Spokespersons/titles: Tracy Blackmer, project coordinator. Phone: 515.251.8640; Urbandale, IA SYNGENTA CROP PROTECTION What's hot: One-year anniversary; business performance; new products; Callisto herbicide; Thiamethoxam brands (Platinum, Centric, Actara, Cruiser). Spokespersons/titles: Vern Hawkins, VP, product portfolio management; Matt Comer, brand manager, selective herbicides; Coby Long, brand manager, insecticides. Phone: 336.632.6000; Greensboro, NC SYNGENTA SEEDS, INC. What's hot: Product performance for 2001; selecting seed for 2002; protection against insect pressures. Spokespersons/titles: Mark Schmidt, product manager, soybeans; Jeff Jorgensen, product manager, corn; Tony Minnichsoffer, communications manager. Phone: 763.593.7128; Golden Valley, MN USDA-NASS What's hot: 2002 Census of Agriculture; 1999 Agricultural Economics and Land Ownership Survey; NASS security pledge; statistics on computer usage, farm labor and more. Spokespersons/titles: Jaki McCarthy, staff director, marketing and information services office; Janet Alien, head, marketing section, MISO; Mark Harris, chief, crops branch, statistics division; Gene Danekas, state statistician, MO state. Phone: 202.720.5891; Washington, DC USDA-NRCS What's hot: Conservation buffers; conservation aspects of farm legislation. Spokespersons/titles: Max Schnepf, national coordinator, conservation buffer initiative; Bill Wilson, NACD 2nd VP; Mary Cressel. Phone: 202.690.0547; Washington, DC U.S. GRAINS COUNCIL What's hot: Export outlook for barley, corn and sorghum; developing export markets for U.S. grains in more than 80 countries; trade policy. Spokespersons/titles: Kenneth Hobbie, president/CEO; Dale Spurgin, chairman; Don Jacoby, vice chairman; Terry Wolf, treasurer; Paul Williams, secretary. Phone: 202.789.0789; Washington, DC US MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION What's hot: Twenty-five years of "Putting U.S. Meat on the World's Table"; world trade issues; "Golden Opportunities" still ahead. Spokespersons/titles: Randy Sims, chairman; Lynn Heinze, VP, information Phone: 303.623.6328; Denver, CO UNITED SOYBEAN BOARD What's hot: Soybean checkoff developments; production and use of soy-based biodiesel and reduction of U.S. dependency on foreign oil imports; health benefits of soyfoods. Spokespersons/titles: Doug Magnus, USB chairman; Richard Borgsmiller, USB vice chairman; Criss Davis, USB trade analysis chair; John Becherer, USB CEO; Janice Grauberger, USB executive director. Phone: 314.726.5511; St. Louis, MO VALENT USA What's hot: Valor[TM] herbicide; Valor[TM] WP herbicide; Regiment[TM] herbicide; Phoenix[TM] herbicide; Bolero[R] 15 G herbicide. Spokesperson/Title: Molly R. Okeon, Valent account coordinator Phone: 901.523.2000; Memphis, TN VALMONT IRRIGATION What's hot: Restrictions on flood irrigation; benefits of mechanized irrigation; Valmont's full range of mechanized irrigation solutions. Spokespersons/titles: Dennis Schweiger, VP, global sales; Greg Bartlett, director, marketing. Phone: 402.359.6172; Des Moines, IA W.K. KELLOGG FOUNDATION/THE NATURE CONSERVANCY What's hot: Conservation provisions of the new farm bill; conservation groups and farmers working together. Spokespersons/titles: Craig Cox, executive VP, Soil and Water Conservation Society; Jim Peterson, director, public affairs, The Nature Conservancy. Phone: 317.816.9760; Carmel, IN