Trade talk guide. (Farm Broadcast).
AGRICULTURAL RETAILERS 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: 901/274-9030; 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 Void, Brad Void; 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
DOW AGROSCIENCES (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
DOW AGROSCIENCES (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[TM] 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: Nell 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, AGRICULTURAL 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; Piano, 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--recordbreaking 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
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 CATTLEMEN'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; Nell 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[TM] trait and Herculex[TM] 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 ASSOCIATION
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
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