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ASA announces 2006-2007 officers
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Board of Directors of the American Soybean Association (ASA) recently confirmed Richard Ostlie from Northwood, N.D., as president, and Bob Metz from West Browns Valley, S.D., as chairman. Board members also elected John Hoffman from Waterloo, Iowa, to serve as first vice president, an office that places Hoffman in line to be ASA President next year.

Also elected were Bob Rikli from Murdock, Neb., as secretary, and Gary Joachim from Claremont, Minn., as treasurer. Four vice presidents also were elected: Johnny Dodson from Dyersburg, Tenn., Alan Kemper from Lafayette, Ind., Ted Glaub from Jonesboro, Ark., and Rob Joslin from Sidney, Ohio. These soybean producer-leaders form the nine-member ASA Executive Committee. Elections were held July 11 during ASA’s summer Board of Director’s meeting in Washington, D.C.

The Board welcomed five new members who are James Andrew (Iowa), Dennis Bogaards (Iowa), Bob Henry (Kan.), James Fletcher (N.C.), and Steve Wellman (Neb.). ASA also recognized retiring directors Dennis Friest (Iowa), Ron Heck (Iowa), Bill Wiley (Kan.), Ward Shaw (N.C.), and Bart Ruth (Neb.).

ASA is a national, not-for-profit, grassroots membership organization that develops and implements policies to increase the profitability of its members and the entire soybean industry.

Nugent named Cherry Industry Person of the Year
EAST LANSING, Mich. — James Nugent, coordinator of the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station and Michigan State University (MSU) Extension district horticulturist, was recognized as 2006 Cherry Industry Person of the Year by the Cherry Marketing Institute.

The award is given yearly by the cherry industry to honor a person’s “strength, innovation, growth and ways in which they have contributed to the industry.”

“This is very humbling,” Nugent said. “I couldn’t have achieved this without the help of the station and the great growers who work so closely with us. With the help of everyone, we are making the cherry industry stronger today than it was yesterday.”

The Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station is one of 14 MAES field research stations located in the state.

“This award is not just for him, it is also for MSU,” said J. Ian Gray, MSU vice president for research and graduate studies and former MAES director. “This is a very momentous occasion for him, and MSU has been fortunate to hire someone who is so dedicated to what they do.”

“It is about cherries, people and partnerships,” said Jeff Armstrong, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “Jim exemplifies that mission. He always gets done what needs to be done.”

Nugent and his wife, Toddy Rieger, and their three children have a cherry farm in Leelanau County.

This farm news was published in the July 19, 2006 issue of Farm World, serving Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.