McInerney to Lead Alliance for Food and Farming

Matt McInerney, executive vice president of Western Growers, has been elected to serve as the new chairman of the board for the Alliance for Food and Farming. McInerney replaces Rich Peterson, president of the California Dried Plum Board, who served as Alliance chairman for the past five years and will remain on the board of directors.

McInerney will work alongside newly elected Alliance Vice Chairman Mark Murai, president of the California Strawberry Commission; Secretary/Treasurer Terry Stark, president of the California Association of Pest Control Advisors; Communications Committee Chair Claire Smith, director of corporate communications for Sunkist Growers; and the rest of the board.

Other activities to be conducted: an analysis of long-term pesticide use trends; a review of the Centers for Disease Control database of foodborne illnesses; and the launch of Spray Safe, a grower-based initiative to reduce incidents of spray drift, in three California counties. In addition, the Alliance will continue to monitor issues concerning food safety; distribute media reports to its members through a new e-newsletter; and assist members in responding to negative media reports on food safety and farming issues.

More information about the Alliance for Food and Farming can be found at www.foodandfarming.info or by contacting the Alliance at 831-786-1666.

Red Wing Software Celebrating 30th Anniversary

Red Wing Software, Inc., a developer of payroll and accounting software, is celebrating 30 years. Since entering the agriculture accounting software market in 1979, Red Wing Software has evolved into a multifaceted company serving a wide variety of business types; including farming operations, retail stores, manufacturing facilities, municipalities and more.

For more information, visit www.redwingsoftware.com, contact Red Wing Software at 800-732-9464 or e-mail info@redwingsoftware.com.

Bobcat and Polaris Announce Strategic Alliance

Bobcat Co. and Polaris Industries, Inc. announced a long-term strategic alliance, which will include co-development of work vehicles, supply of highly differentiated work vehicles and technology sharing, with a planned launch by the second half of 2010.

Polaris will manufacture and sell highly differentiated work vehicles to Bobcat for sale through its dealer network.