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Extension staff honored

-- FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota State University Extension Service staff were honored at a recent spring conference in Fargo, N.D. Meritorious Support Staff Awards honorees are Hope Eppler, Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences administrative sec...

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-- FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota State University Extension Service staff were honored at a recent spring conference in Fargo, N.D. Meritorious Support Staff Awards honorees are Hope Eppler, Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences administrative secretary, Pelican Rapids, Minn.; John Grindahl, NDSU Agriculture Communication visual communication specialist, Fargo; and Nancy Smith, Grand Forks County administrative assistant, Larimore, N.D. Honored with the Early Career Service Award is Barb Holes-Dickson, Family Nutrition Program and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program coordinator, Fargo. The Mid-career Service Award recipient is Lynette Flage, Center for Community Vitality community leadership specialist, Cavalier, N.D. Meritorious Service Awards honorees are Willie Huot, Grand Forks County extension agent, Grand Forks, N.D.; and Terry Lykken, Towner County extension agent, Cando, N.D. The Visionary Leadership Recognition Award recipient is Brad Brummond, Walsh County extension agent, Park River, N.D. The Distinguished Service Award recipient is Marcia McMullen, extension plant pathologist, Fargo; and the Administrative Leadership Award recipient is Duane Hauck, NDSU Extension Service director, Fargo. Sharon Anderson, retired NDSU Extension Service director and current National 4-H Council consultant of Pelican RapIds and Phoenix, has been honored with the Retirees Service Award. Friends of Extension Award honorees are Sandra Holbrook, NDSU diversity and equity director, Fargo; and Roger Johnson, North Dakota ag commissioner of Bismarck, N.D.

Dan Keefe to lead U.S. Grains Council efforts-- WASHINGTON - The U.S. Grains Council has hired Dan Keefe as the manager of international operations for the council's distiller's dried grains with solubles promotion programs. Keefe has a background in specialty grain trading, marketing identity-preserved commodities and an extensive commercial export trade background in wet milling products such as corn gluten meal. He also has worked as a marketing consultant under contract to the U.S. sellers of DDGS also supporting council trade servicing programs and specific projects to educate international buyers.

NCBA names Ashby Green vice president of producer education-- DENVER - The National Cattlemen's Beef Association says Ashby Green has joined the organization as vice president, producer education. Green's experience includes more than 30 years in the veterinary medical industry in Mississippi, Missouri and Florida. He has been involved in veterinary consulting and working with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, where he had oversight for animal health programs throughout Florida. Green also spent 12 years in the animal sciences division at Monsanto Agricultural Co., where his responsibilities included directing cattle selection and marketing programs for the Monsanto Ranch in Oklahoma. Green spent four years with the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service as leader of extension veterinary medicine. He has a Ph.D. from Auburn University and a bachelor's degree from Mississippi State University.

- Agweek Staff and Wire Reports

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