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National Wind adds staff to handle N.D., S.D. projects n MINNEAPOLIS -- National Wind L.L.C. says it has hired 10 additional employees to help develop several community-based wind projects in North Dakota and South Dakota. Five employees are join...

National Wind adds staff to handle N.D., S.D. projects

n MINNEAPOLIS -- National Wind L.L.C. says it has hired 10 additional employees to help develop several community-based wind projects in North Dakota and South Dakota. Five employees are joining the North Dakota and South Dakota team: Charlie Kraemer, Mark Hausman, Pete Karlsson, Fred Romuld and Debbie Jacklitch. Five others are joining National Wind's Minneapolis office: Katie Clark, Ben Kerl, Ben Ransom, Julie Kallemyn and Valida Prentice. The company recently announced the capitalization of the first large-scale community-based project in South Dakota, Dakota Wind Energy L.L.C. in Roberts, Marshall and Day counties. National Wind's development plans include adding 2,000 megawatts of new community wind projects across North and South Dakota during the next year. This is in addition to the 1,000 megawatts currently under development. The com-pany also is looking at expansion opportunities in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wyoming and Montana.

Tom Braun to head

alfalfa, forage group

n ST. PAUL -- The National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance board has elected Tom Braun, a Reedsville, Wis., alfalfa producer, its chairman. Braun has been an alfalfa and forage producer for about 40 years. In addition to his involvement in NAFA, Braun has been active in the Wisconsin Forage Council and the Midwest Forage Association, where he has served as chairman since 2004. NAFA, established in April 2006, is a hybrid of the former National Alfalfa Alliance and other industry organizations including genetic suppliers, grower associations and university and extension personnel. It was formed to serve as an umbrella organization of forage and alfalfa interests offering a forum for consensus building in an effort to be an effective advocate on behalf of the national alfalfa/forage industry.

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DeShazer to lead Hereford Group

n KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hank

DeShazer of Hearne, Texas, is the new president of the American Hereford Association. His goals for the AHA include growing the Certified Hereford Beef program, increasing Hereford market share and expanding breed improvement studies. DeShazer owns DeShazer Cattle Co. in Hearne, where about 400 Hereford calves are born each year and 150-200 bulls are sold private treaty. DeShazer was elected to the AHA board in 2004. This past year, he served as AHA vice president and chaired the finance and building committees and also served on the executive and show and sale committees. Bill King of Stanley, N.M., will team with DeShazer as the AHA vice president.

CHS re-elects directors

n ST. PAUL -- Members of CHS Inc., an energy and grain-based foods company and the nation's largest cooperatively owned business, re-elected five agricultural producers to the company's board of directors at its recent annual meeting in Minneapolis. The CHS board of directors elected Michael Toelle, a Browns Valley, Minn., producer to a sixth term as chairman. Re-elected to three-year terms: Toelle, who first was elected to the board in 1992 and chairman for his local cooperative; Robert Bass of Reedsburg, Wis., who first was elected to the board in 1994 and has served more than two decades as a director and officer for his local cooperative and is vice chairman of the Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives; Dennis

Carlson of Mandan, N.D., who first was elected to the board in 2001; Randy Knecht of Houghton, S.D. Knecht was first elected to the CHS board in 2001; and Steve Riegel of Ford, Kan., who first was elected to the board in 2006. In addition to re-electing Toelle as chair, the board selected Bass as vice chairman; Bruce Anderson of Glenburn, N.D., as secretary-treasurer and Robert Grabarski of Arkdale, Wis., as assistant secretary-treasurer.

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