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ElRoy Haadem recently began boxing up 43 years of memories from his office, his total tenure with the North Dakota State University Extension Service. Thirty-five have been spent at the Burleigh County branch in Bismarck, North Dakota.

“The strength of the extension is you always get to interact with people,” he said.

Haadem, 69, said his biggest role as an agent was that of educator in agriculture, community, family science and youth programs. He cautions it’s not an 8 to 5 job, and one that can mean 60-hour weeks with a lot of evening and weekend work. Yet he calls it a very satisfying experience. He said there is no typical day. “You’re able to provide education, information. ... If I wouldn’t have enjoyed it, I wouldn’t have done it as long as I did.”

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Continuing its commitment to the future of farming in Texas, Houston-based Mahindra USA is proud to announce its corporate sponsorship of the Texas FFA. In return for a cash donation, the tractor leader will receive promotional consideration on Texas FFA materials, newsletters and website along with representation at the association’s various conferences and conventions.

“The FFA is a dynamic student-led leadership development organization for students of agricultural education and for that reason this sponsorship is a natural fit for us,” said Mahindra USA’s Marketing Communications Manager, Martin Cisneros. “We are committed to our farming community and happy to sponsor the FFA, an organization that changes lives and prepares students for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.”

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Alltech has once again successfully defended its technology and innovation. The United States Patent and Trademark Office confirmed the validity of U.S. Patent No. 6,045,834 C1, which pertains to Alltech's unique composition for binding and inactivating mycotoxins in animal feed, as well as the process for forming the main ingredient. The patent will remain in place through April 16, 2019.

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Here are some of the new products or updates to previous products that have been announced as of August 1, 2011. Return to this section of the Progressive Dairyman website periodically to find out what new products will be impacting the dairy industry.

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The Foundation for the Future (FFTF) plan proposed by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) took another step towards becoming the nation’s next avenue for dairy policy reform.

On July 13, House Agriculture Committee’s Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota) released draft legislation incorporating the key elements of the plan into his legislative proposal.

At the same time, NMPF staff members hit the road on a six-week cross-country tour to reach out to dairy producers about the benefits of the reforms contained in FFTF.

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