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Names in the News for March 15, 2006
Russ Reinke named vice president for Reinke Manufacturing
DESHLER, Neb. — Reinke Manufacturing, Inc., a manufacturer of mechanized agricultural irrigation systems, recently announced the hiring of Russ Reinke as vice president of manufacturing.

Russ Reinke, who is the son of Reinke Manufacturing founder Richard Reinke, has served as a member of the Reinke Manufacturing board of directors for more than 20 years.

In his new position, Russ Reinke will oversee all aspects of Reinke’s mechanized agricultural irrigation and over the road semi-trailer and intermodal chassis manufacturing operations.

Prior to joining Reinke Manufacturing, Russ Reinke was employed for 18 years with Ipsco Tubulars Inc., at their Geneva, Neb., location. With Ipsco, Russ Reinke served as plant manager overseeing company manufacturing operations including the production and distribution of drill pipe and casing to the oil and gas industry as well as square and rectangular tubing for the building and agricultural industries.

For more information on Reinke, visit or call toll free 800-504-0054.

Wolfinger appointed to OCA Board
LANCASTER, Ohio — Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) President Bill Sexten recently appointed a new director to fill an unexpired term as District 9 Director on the OCA Board of Directors. Jake Wolfinger, of Lan-caster, Ohio, has been selected to fill the position.

Wolfinger grew up on a family farm in Fairfield County and was involved with the Fairfield County 4-H and FFA and continued his education at The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute where he received an associate degree in beef production. Wolfinger works with his father, Robert, and younger brother, Andy, in operating and managing a diversified farm consisting of approximately 150 cows, a 300-head feed yard, 200 acres of hay, and 1,100 acres of soybeans, corn and wheat.

Wolfinger is actively involved with the OCA, served as an OCA intern, participated in the OCA Young Cattlemen’s Conference and attended the Beef 509 course. He will also represent Ohio on the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Young Cattlemen’s Conference and Tour this summer. He and his wife, Janice, are also involved with the Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Association and Ohio Farm Bureau.

Wolfinger will complete a term on the association board, which will expire at the end of 2007. At that time Wolfinger will be eligible to run for election for a three-year term on the board. The OCA Board of Directors consists of 15 directors representing 12 districts and three at-large statewide positions.

Robinson named operating head of Golden Harvest Seeds, Inc.
WATERLOO, Neb. — Rob Robinson has been named operating head of Golden Harvest Seeds, Inc., a Syngenta-affiliated company. Robinson served as joint operating head for the past year with Jim Sommer, until Sommer’s retirement earlier this month. Prior to his leadership role at Golden Harvest, Robinson was executive vice president of JC Robinson Seeds, Inc., and secretary of the board of directors for the family-owned company.

With more than 25 years of experience in seed company management, Robinson has served as a member of the University of Nebraska President’s Advisory Council; American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Corn & Sorghum division chairman; ASTA North Central regional vice president; American Seed Research Foundation vice president and member of the 2002 World Seed Congress Organizing Executive Committee.

“Moving forward, Golden Harvest will continue to help America’s farmers by providing groundbreaking agronomy research, advanced technology and outstanding products,” said Robinson. “We are dedicated to increasing our customers’ profitability and feel our 2005 results are a good indication we are headed in the right direction.”

Golden Harvest introduced 13 new conventional corn hybrids and 53 new hybrids for the 2006 growing season. The new lineup complements the company’s extensive catalog of more than 200 conventional and technology seed corn products. For more information, visit

This farm news was published in the March 15, 2006 issue of Farm World.