Promotions, Hirings Announced

A manufacturer, a research company, and several industry associations have announced recent staff changes.

The newsmakers include:

  • James F. Fitzgerald, most recently chief of staff for USDA’s Rural Development, has been named executive director of the Far West Agribusiness Association and will begin late this month. He previously served as the Washington state executive director for the USDA Farm Service Agency from 2001-06 and before that, was president and owner of Fitzgerald Farms, Inc. of Clarkston, WA and a fourth-generation grower.
  • Kyle Payne has been promoted to Becker Underwood’s new position of national accounts manager for the company’s U.S. inoculant business. Prior to serving as a territory manager for Becker Underwood, Payne held key positions with both distributors and manufacturers.
  • Kellie Bray will advocate for CropLife America’s members and the crop protection industry at the national and state levels as government relations leader for CropLife America.
  • Kerry Hubbard has been appointed vice president of research by dmrkynetec. Hubbard brings over twenty-five years of agriculture marketing experience, most recently as head of market research for the U.S. organization of a leading global crop protection manufacturer.
  • The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) has promoted Estelle Grasset to director of communications and has hired Sarah Monke as its new public affairs specialist. Grasset will assume the responsibilities previously held by Harriet Wegmeyer prior to Wegmeyer’s move to the executive director position at the Nutrients for Life Foundation. Monke previously served in the communications department at CropLife America; her family owns and operates Monke Brothers Fertilizer in Nebraska.

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