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PEOPLE: Pork checkoff names environmental stewards

-- DES MOINES, Iowa - The pork checkoff has selected four pork production operations to receive the 2006 Pork Industry Environmental Steward Awards. This year's honorees are Braun Farms of Le Sueur, Minn.; Harrison Creek Farm of Auxvasse, Mo.; Bo...

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-- DES MOINES, Iowa - The pork checkoff has selected four pork production operations to receive the 2006 Pork Industry Environmental Steward Awards.

This year's honorees are Braun Farms of Le Sueur, Minn.; Harrison Creek Farm of Auxvasse, Mo.; Bobcat Farms of Clinton, N.C.; and Hord Livestock of Bucyrus, Ohio. The environmental stewards were selected by judges drawn from pork producers, academia and environmental organizations.

The judges looked for pork producers from throughout the country who were representative of the pork industry's commitment to minimizing its footprint on the environment. Farms were evaluated on their manure management systems, water and soil conservation practices, odor-control strategies, farm aesthetics and neighbor relations, wildlife habitat promotion, innovative ideas used to protect the environment and an essay on the meaning of environmental stewardship.

MFU hires directors-- GREAT FALLS, Mont. - The Montana Farmers Union recently named Katie Lang Kassmier government affairs director. She will be responsible for policy dissemination throughout the year and for lobbying when the Montana Legislature is in session. Kassmier graduated from Carroll College with bachelor's degrees in international relations and political science. She previously worked as Montana Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee deputy director for the Montana Democratic Party. Jim "Sarge" Sargent has been hired as membership director. He will provide statewide outreach to current members while explaining the Farmers Union mission and recruiting new members. Sargent previously worked at KSEN Radio in Shelby, Mont.

Roger Maisch joins Harper Industries-- HARPER, Kan. - Harper Industries of Harper, Kan., says Roger Maisch has joined the company as vice president of sales and marketing. Maisch is a native of Paola, Kan. He has served in various sales and marketing management roles within the ag and outdoor power industry.

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BNSF appoints agricultural products customer liaison-- FORT WORTH, Texas - BNSF Railway Co. has appointed Mignon Lambley to the new position of southern field manager, agricultural products. Lambley, who will be based in Hooker, Okla., has been with BNSF in the agricultural products marketing group since April 2003 and will function as a customer liaison to respond to the needs of grain producers, processors and shippers in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Before joining BNSF, Lambley was a merchandiser for Continental Grain. She also has worked for ADM and Farmland-

Atwood L.L.C. as a licensed commodity broker and marketing adviser. Lambley is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics and plant science. She earned her master's in business administration from Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Mo. BNSF has two other agricultural products field customer liaisons. Jonathan Long is responsible for North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, and Don Karls is responsible for Montana and eastern Washington.

- Agweek Staff and Wire Reports

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