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VeraSun names two to its management team

-- BROOKINGS, S.D. - VeraSun Energy Corp., the nation's second-largest ethanol producer, recently announced two additions to its management team. The company named Bob Antoine senior vice president of human resources and Peter Atkins vice preside...

-- BROOKINGS, S.D. - VeraSun Energy Corp., the nation's second-largest ethanol producer, recently announced two additions to its management team. The company named Bob Antoine senior vice president of human resources and Peter Atkins vice president of mergers and acquisitions. Antoine most recently was head of human resources for Forward Air Corp. Atkins has more than 25 years of regional banking and agriculture experience.

Sue L. Blodgett joins SDSU plant science department-- BROOKINGS, S.D. - Sue L. Blodgett has been named the new head of the department of plant science at South Dakota State University in Brookings. She will begin her new duties Feb. 1. Blodgett, an entomologist, currently is professor of entomology in the departments of plant science/plant pathology and animal and range sciences at Montana State University-Bozeman. Blodgett earned her bachelor's degree in biology in 1974 from Syracuse University and a master's degree in vegetable crops in 1980 from Cornell University. She received a master's degree in entomology from Kansas State University in 1987 and earned a Ph.D. in entomology from Kansas State University in 1989. Since 1994, she has worked at Montana State University, where her previous assignments included integrated pest management coordinator and extension specialist, acting department head for entomology and the sustainable agriculture professional development program coordinator. Her awards include the Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension for 2004 from the Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America.

Lynn A. Hayes named FLAG program director-- ST. PAUL - Farmers' Legal Action Group Inc. says Lynn A. Hayes became FLAG's program director Sept. 1. FLAG - a nonprofit law center that works on behalf of family farmers and rural communities - was founded in 1986 in response to the farm crisis. Hayes was one of FLAG's founding attorneys. Hayes left FLAG in 2002 to move to Pittsburgh. After working for three years for the Office of the Monitor reviewing African-American farmers' claims in the race discrimination case against USDA, Pigford v. Veneman, and acting as "of counsel" for FLAG, Hayes rejoined the organization as a senior staff attorney in February. Hayes received her bachelor's degree in English from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and her J.D. from Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, in Washington.

CAB president retiring-- WOOSTER, Ohio - Certified Angus Beef L.L.C. President M. James "Jim" Riemann has announced his intentions to retire. Riemann has served as president since 1999. At Riemann's suggestion, the CAB board of directors appointed Senior Vice President Brent Eichar as interim president. Riemann will remain through Nov. 15, focusing on transition and retirement activities.

- Agweek Staff and Wire Reports

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