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Lund joins N.D. meat inspection team

-- BISMARCK, N.D. North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson has appointed Jacee Lund as assistant/relief inspector in the North Dakota Meat and Poultry Inspection Program. A Carrington, N.D., native, Lund graduated from North Dakota Sta...

-- BISMARCK, N.D. North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson has appointed Jacee Lund as assistant/relief inspector in the North Dakota Meat and Poultry Inspection Program. A Carrington, N.D., native, Lund graduated from North Dakota State University in Fargo with a degree in animal range science.

Group recognizes secretaries, Friends of Extension-- BROOKINGS, S.D. A fraternity of extension professionals recognized secretaries from Union County and the state 4-H office for outstanding work. They also honored a media leader from Codington County with its 2007 Friend of Extension Award. Epsilon Sigma Phi presented its State Award for Meritorious Support Service to Janet Lingle, a secretary in the Union County extension office, and to Patricia Mast, former secretary in the state 4-H office in Brookings at South Dakota State University. A Friend of Extension Award went to broadcaster Jim Thoreson, retired radio announcer of KWAT Radio in Watertown, S.D. He was nominated for his years of radio broadcast work.

N.D. has new pesticide enforcement supervisor

-- BISMARCK, N.D. North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson has appointed David Phillips as pesticide, feed and fertilizer enforcement supervisor in the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. A South Dakota native and graduate of South Dakota State University, Phillips worked for the feed division of Cargill and then managed elevators in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. He was the location manager of South Central Grain in Wishek, N.D., before joining NDDA. Phillips will supervise NDDA's six pesticide inspectors, review all pesticide, feed and fertilizer inspection reports and investigations and determine appropriate regulatory actions in response to violations. He also will coordinate enforcement referrals from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Steenhoek to lead Soy Transportation Coalition-- URBANDALE, Iowa The Soy Transportation Coalition has selected Mike Steenhoek to serve as its first executive director. Steenhoek will lead the daily operations of the new coalition, which was formed by a group of soybean organizations to work on transportation and infrastructure systems on behalf of the soybean industry. Steenhoek's responsibilities include raising awareness about the Soy Transportation Coalition and the importance of transportation issues to soybean growers and processors. He will help establish the coalition's strategic direction and build alliances with other affected industries to improve the quality of service for the soybean industry. Steenhoek previously worked for Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, for eight years.

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