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Names in the News for May 24, 2006
Organic Trade Association announces 2006-2007 officers
GREENFIELD, Mass. — Jesse Singerman of Prairie Ventures will take the reins as president of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) at the group’s annual meeting May 6 in Chicago.

Other officers for 2006-2007 include vice president representing the U.S., Julia Sabin of Smucker Quality Beverages; vice president representing Canada, Helene Bouvier of Minnewashta Valley Organics Canada, Inc.; secretary, Luis Acuna of CF Fresh; and treasurer, Chuck Marcy of Marcy & Partners.

Phil Margolis of Neshaminy Valley Natural Foods Distributor; Lynn Clarkson of Clarkson Grain Company and Maria Morgan of Small Planet Foods, Inc. were re-elected to the board. In addition, Dag Falck of Nature’s Path was elected as the new Canadian representative. The board also selected Todd Linsky of Cal/Organic-Grimmway Farms to fill an appointed position of the board. All four seats are three-year terms.

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Gelbvieh Profit Partners name new COO, board members
DENVER, Colo. — During its April board meeting in Denver, Gelbvieh Profit Partners, LLC, announced the officers and director for its board and also named John Carrel of Columbus, Mont., as the interim Chief Operating Officer. Carrel replaces Bryan Weech in the position.

Most recently, Carrel was the general manager for Beartooth Ranch in Montana. Carrel has an MBA from Columbia University. He and his wife, Laurie, recently moved onto their own ranch and have two daughters.

The company’s board of directors include chairman of the board, Steve Munger, Highmore, S.D.; vice president, John Carrel; secretary Skylar Martin, Oregon, Ill.

During board elections, Jay Johnson of Happy, Texas, was elected treasurer. Elected to serve three-year terms on the Gelbvieh Profit Partner Board were Dave Judd, Pomona, Kan.; Scott Starr, Stapleton, Neb.; and Steve Munger.

Elected to serve two-year terms were John Carrel, Skyler Martin, and Stuart Jarvis of Phillipsburg, Kan. Those elected to serve one-year terms were Jay Johnson, Gabe Brown of Bismarck, N.D. and Vaughn Thorstenson of Selby, S.D.

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Bragg promoted to communications manager at Dow AgroSciences
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Russ Bragg has been named product communications manager by Dow AgroSciences for the U.S. Northern Crops business.

Bragg will work with the company’s communications agency, Bader Rutter & Associates, and marketing specialists in the creation and execution of brand messaging and tactics for Mycogen® brand seeds, Herculex® Insect Protection traits and crop protection products for corn, soybeans, small grains and other specialty crops.

Bragg most recently served as a sales representative in southwestern and central North Dakota. A native of Martin, Tenn., Bragg earned a degree in ag business from the University of Tennessee-Martin and a master’s degree in ag economics from Purdue University.

This farm news was published in the May 24, 2006 issue of Farm World.