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Amarillo, Texas-based Estacar Companies LLC, has added four positions to its consulting and outsourcing executive services that include agriculture, food innovation and oil and gas industries. Kaitlyn Jones serves as marketing officer. Kathryn Wisdom serves as an advisory officer. Susan Porter served as a graphic designer. Whitney Smith, an advisory executive since 2014, has added staff director to her duties.

Jeff Sparrowk, a cow and calf producer from Clements, California, was elected president of CattleFax, a beef industry research, analysis and information organization based in Centennial, Colorado. Todd Allen, Newton, Kansas, was re-elected as vice president.

Farmer Direct Foods Inc., a producer-owned cooperative stone-ground milling operation, has appointed Mark Fowler as president. Farmer Direct Foods also relocated its corporate office to New Cambria, Kansas, from Atchison, Kansas. The organization will continue to work with hard white and hard red winter wheat products in partnership with cooperative members in Kansas and Colorado.

Agriculture and turf producers throughout the Midwest are benefactors of a long-term agreement between McCook, Nebraska-based Kugler Company and Wisconsin-based Hydrite Chemical Company as the production of Kugler KQ2515 high potassium plus sulfur expands to the eastern Corn Belt. KQ2517 may be applied as a sole source of potash and sulfur or blended with nitrogen and P205 sources to provide a desired N-P-K blend with sufur, is manufactured for Kugler in Hydrite’s Terre Haute, Indiana, facility and a reliable supply is planned for major corn producing states.

Amarillo, Texas-based agricultural engineering and consulting firm Enviro-Ag Engineering Inc. has merged with EnviroCompliance Services Inc. to better serve the needs of New Mexico dairy producers. The merger was effective Jan. 1 and terms were not disclosed. Enviro-Ag began in 1993, and also has offices in Stephenville, Texas, and Artesia, New Mexico. The firm provides whole-farm layout and design, engineering design, regulatory permitting and compliance and environmental consulting.

Delacan, Atlanta, Georgia, has announced that Land O’Lakes Inc., Arden Mills, Minnesota, animal nutrition businesses, including PMI Nutritional Additives, will be its exclusive partner in the United States for phytogeneic feed additives. Delacan has collaborated with Land O’Lakes since 2000, and the expanded research and development of phytogenic feed additives for all animal types in the U. S. provide the cornerstone of the relationship.

FarmLink, Kansas City, Missouri, has created an advisory board focused on increasing adoption of new technology and precision agriculture tools. The four members include Julie Borlaug, associate director of the Normal E. Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University; Howard W. Buffett, lecturer at Columbia University and a Nebraska farmer; Rikin Gandhi, founder and CEO of Digital Green; and Dan Glickman, vice president of the Aspen Institute, a former U. S. secretary of agriculture and Kansas congressman.

John Deere, Moline, Illinois, has pledged to donate $1 million annually over the next five years to help FFA, Indianapolis, Indiana, continues in its strides to create future leaders. Education is one of John Deere Corporate Citizenship’s primary focus areas. The company’s gifts have supported the National FFA Organization’s Career Development events, Proficiency Awards, National Chapter Awards, Agriscience Fair and leadership conferences for state officers.

James F. “Jimmy” Dodson, Robstown, Texas, has been re-elected as board chairman, and Lester Little of Hallettsville, Texas, was re-elected as board vice chairman of the Austin, Texas-based cooperatively-owned Farm Credit Bank of Texas. The two south Texas farmers were re-elected to 1-year terms during the board’s annual organizational meeting in January. Both were first elected to their current officer positions in 2012.

The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and the California Cattlemen’s Association each earned use of a piece of equipment from New Holland for their outstanding efforts to recruit new members to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Each of the NCBA affiliates will get its choice of a 1-year lease on a New Holland Roll Belt 560 specialty crop round baler or a 1-year lease on a New Holland T6-175 tractor.

Mavrx, San Francisco, California, has introduced its first promotional grower offer during a 2016 Top Producer Seminar. The company provides ultra-high resolution imagery for agricultural producers.

Alsop Sand Co. Inc., Concordia, Kansas, was awarded the 2015 Governor’s Mined Land Reclamation Award for its reclamation work at its Salina quarry. The reclaimed area covers 160 acres on the southeast edge of Salina and a 34-acre lake is the centerpiece for the reclaimed sand dredge operation as the company sloped and seeded the contoured shoreline to prepare it for a housing development.

The Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation has recognized Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma as Diamond level supporters, which honors donors who annually give more than $15,000. The educational programs the foundation aims to help Oklahomans recognize the positive impact agriculture has on the state and the importance of protecting it for future generations. The seven Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma are in Guyman, Alva, Woodward, Elk City, Anadarko, Clinton and Tuttle.

Bridgestone Americas, Nashville, Tennessee, has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2015 in the Moline, Illinois-based John Deere and Company Achieving Excellence Program. The status is the highest supplier rating and Bridgestone was recognized for its dedication in providing products and service of outstanding quality and commitment to continuous improvement. Bridgestone is a supplier of agricultural and off-the-road tires to Deere’s global operations, with the majority of the business activities in the company’s North American agricultural equipment manufacturing facilities.

Devon Stewart has joined the Kansas Grain and Feed Association, Topeka, as the marketing and communications specialist. She will oversee all communications products provided by the association, including print and electronic newsletters, websites, news releases, annual reports, online advertising and marketing brochures as well as administering the scholarship program.

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