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Syngenta Supports FFA With Special Sponsorship

Syngenta has committed more than $300,000 to support the National FFA Foundation and its student leadership programs in 2009. The alliance between Syngenta and FFA benefits students by helping promote personal development, leadership, communications skills, the pursuit of career options in agriculture and more.

This year’s sponsorship from Syngenta helps fund state leadership conferences, the collegiate FFA program, the national collegiate agricultural ambassadors and the American FFA Degree program.

Last year, more than 470 students participated in the Agriscience Fair competition in fields such as biochemistry, microbiology, engineering, botany and environmental science.

BASF To Host Plot Tours For New Kixor Herbicide

BASF has more than 100 plot tours planned this summer to demonstrate the performance of the new Kixor herbicide technology.

Plot tours are scheduled from June through September at locations across the country to give retailers, distributors, consultants and media representatives an early look at the potent foliar and soil residual activity that the new active ingredient, Kixor herbicide, has on a broad spectrum of broadleaf weeds.

BASF technical experts and crop specialists will be on hand to answer questions and explain the projected uses of products powered by Kixor herbicide technology. Company officials anticipate registration and availability of these products in the third quarter of 2009.

Go to www.agproductsasf.us for more information.

Jimmy Clark To Lead SW Council Of AgriBusiness

The new executive director of the Southwest Council of AgriBusiness, effective July 9, is Jimmy Clark.

Clark has become well known during his years of service as district director for the 19th congressional district, beginning in 1985 for Rep. Larry Combest and then later with Rep. Randy Neugebauer.

SWCA was formed in December of 2006 to represent and promote broad-based agriculture and business interests through the pursuit of good and stable agricultural policy. Since then, its role has expanded to increasing economic opportunity in the southwest region of the United States for those broad-based agriculture and business interests, both now and for the future.

USDA Appoints Mande To Food Safety Post

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the appointment of Jerold R. Mande, as Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

In this position, Mande will have responsibility for Food Safety, the USDA agency that protects public health through food safety and defense by ensuring that the nation’s supply of meat, poultry and processed egg products are safe and wholesome. For more information, go to www.usda.gov.


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