Jason Weaver

Weaver Joins Siegers Seed

Siegers Seed Co. announces the hire of Jason Weaver to serve the southeast United States as a product development specialist. Weaver has a broad background in agriculture, including a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education. Weaver is based in Norman Park, Ga.

Fertilizer Industry Endows Professorship

Dr. William (Bill) R. Raun has been named as the Nutrients for Life Foundation Professor of Soil and Food Crop Nutrition at Oklahoma State University (OSU). The professorship, which is funded in part by the Nutrients for Life Foundation, The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) and the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), will explore the linkages between fertilizer use and the nutritional quality of food.

The position is in the department of plant and soil science, located within the college of agricultural sciences and natural resources. The cross-disciplinary position will work closely with the college’s Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center. Raun will teach a class each semester about fertilizer’s role in healthy food, while also researching this important issue.

The industry pooled its resources to donate $250,000 to OSU. Through a rare matching program made available from OSU alum T. Boone Pickens and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the fertilizer industry’s $250,000 will translate to $1 million to fund a professorship in perpetuity.

Jain Redesigns Web Site

Jain Irrigation, Inc. , a micro-drip irrigation company, announces the redesign of its Web site, www.jainsusa.com. The new Web site incorporates a new look and feel along, with database-driven content. Features of the redesign will include company news, searchable products and specifications, detailed product information and images, product technical information and a dealer list linked to Google maps.

In addition, the site provides a login system for dealers and end users to view additional site content and interactive site features, such as irrigation length of run calculators for products.

Yamaha Announces Ag Comm Scholarship Program

Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is now accepting applications for its second annual scholarship program that provides financial assistance to members of the National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT). ACT is a national college student association with 354 members located on 17 college and university campuses across the country. ACT’s mission of fostering professional development is at the core of the Yamaha-ACT Scholarship Program.

The Yamaha-ACT Scholarship Program is broken out into two individual student scholarships and one chapter scholarship. All three scholarships are aimed at helping students attend the annual Agricultural Media Summit (AMS), a professional development and networking opportunity.

For the 2008-2009 program, the University of Florida received Yamaha’s chapter award, while Whitney Siegfried and Katherine Kuykendall, both ACT members from Purdue University, earned the individual scholarships.

Applicants are judged based on merit, need and quality of submission materials by a review committee consisting of Yamaha representatives and members of the American Agricultural Editors’ Association and the Livestock Publications Council. The 2009-2010 application process will run through the end of February 2010, and winners will be announced in early May 2010. More information and guidelines, along with the application form, can be found online at www.nactnow.org.

FNGLA Chapter Elects New Board of Directors

The Palm Beach Chapter of the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) recently announced its new board of directors. The 2009-2010 officers are President Mike Graham of Plantique, Inc.; First Vice President Joey Quinn of Quinntessence Nursery; Secretary Beth Williams of Sago Landscaping; and Treasurer Robbin Avery of Acme Dairy Tree Farm.

Immediate past president is Tom Scannell of Bougainvillea Growers, Inc.

The directors are Deb Joneck of Coastal Nurseries; Todd Bachman of Florida Cast Equipment; Lyn Cacella of Farm Credit of South Florida; Stan Hall of A NuLeaf Nursery; Steve Lassiter of Hadden Landscape, Inc.; Matt Miller of ProSource One; Spring Seeley of Croton Connection; Bill Schall of the University of Florida IFAS Extension Service; Dave Self of Wyld West Annuals; Bill Smith of Habilitation Center Nursery; and John Stewart of AmeriGrow.

The 200-member association is the third largest chapter in the state.

For more information, or if you are interested in joining the association, please visit www.pbfngla.com or contact Matt Antos at 561-835-0661.