Wide Variety of NAICC Topics
The National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants mixed education, awards and entertainment at the alliance’s annual meeting in late January. Some of the most educational sessions involved various aspects of precision agriculture.
Blaine Viator turned the president’s gavel over to James Todd, and then Viator was announced as one of the 2012 Crop Consultants of the Year. Viator lives in Labadieville, La., working with his father in Calvin Viator, Ph.D., and Associates, LLC.
The president’s gavel was passed to James Todd (left) from Blaine Viator. The other consultants of the year winners were Joe Turner, Turner’s Ag Consulting Co., Neola, Iowa, and Bryan Boroughs, Servi-Tech, Inc., Cimarron, Kan.
Todd, owner of Todd Ag Consulting, LLC, Plainview, Texas, oversaw the presentation of awards at the president’s luncheon during the meeting in Jacksonville, Fla.
The Service to NAICC Award was announced as going to Rep. Rodney Alexander, (R-La.) but was not officially presented the award until the March 5 Crawfish Boil on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Alexander is known as a strong supporter of agriculture and has been instrumental in assisting the NAICC in conducting its Crawfish Boil, an event for meeting Capitol staffers and members of Congress.
The winner of the award that recognizes outstanding contributions and dedication to the agricultural industry was Francisca Liem, the director of the Good Laboratory Practices Standards Program (GLP) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. She serves as the EPA representative to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) GLP Working Group. OECD has approximately 40 member countries and sets international standards to facilitate commerce between members, including streamlining the pesticide registration process.
Francisca Liem received the Service to Ag Award. Liem began her career with EPA as a GLP inspector in 1985, which was the time when contract researchers in the young NAICC were being introduced to the requirement of field residue studies supporting product registrations in a manner compliant with GLP guidelines.
Grady Coburn, Pest Management Enterprises, LLC, Cheneyville, La., was recognized for his membership of 35 years and his charter membership assistance in helping organize the very first meeting of today’s NAICC—plus his continuous support of the organization. The other charter member still active in NAICC is Dan Bradshaw, Crop Aid, El Campo, Texas.