The National Grain and Feed Association has elected its new industry officers for 2012 as well as new members to its board of directors and executive committee.
David R. Hoogmoed, executive vice president of Land O’Lakes Inc., is the association's new chairman. He also serves on the board of directors and the executive committee, and previously served two-year terms as first and second vice chairman. Bailey Ragan, vice president of Bunge Grain, Fertilizer and Biofuels, Bunge North America Inc., has been elected as the association's new first vice chairman, and Gary Beachner, CEO of Beachner Grain Inc., is the new second vice chairman. Randall C. Gordon is the current acting president, as well as the association's vice president of communications and government relations.
Elected to three-year terms on the association's board of directors were:
Members of the board of directors subsequently elected 13 of its members to serve on the 18-member executive committee:
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extension outreach appointment, Dr. Tom Overton, professor of dairy management
within Cornell University’s College of Agriculture, spends much of his time
working with NY dairies, their nutritionists and vets on issues related to
transition cow management. In his opinion, one of the areas of opportunity for
dairy farms can be found in the management of the pre-calving diet. With
his team, Overton is currently involved in a commercial research study involving
55 farms focused on the influence of particle size on dry cow diets. “We’re
finding that diets are quite sortable with large differences in particle size
distribution,” Overton explains. “[The industry] needs to do a better job in
terms of particle size to make [the rations] less sortable.” In a
total mixed ration, sorting is problematic because cows tend to favor the grain
component and therefor may not consume the necessary fiber and nutrients. In
this video, Overton discusses his team’s research involving pre-calving dairy
diets at the World Dairy Expo. The 2014 edition of
the World Dairy Expo, which was held in early October in Madison,
WI, drew more than
300,000 visitors from roughly 90 countries. The event featured 2,500 head of
dairy cattle and more than 250 exhibitors.
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