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First Class of ResponsibleAg Board of Directors Selected
April 22, 2014
The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) announced the selection of individuals to serve on the newly formed ResponsibleAg Board of Directors.
The nine representatives include:
  • Alicia Duke, Director, Health and Safety, Simplot
  • Justin Gough, Director, Agricultural Products, LSB/El Dorado Chemical Company
  • Dave Ito, Vice President, Human Resources & Regulatory Affairs, Lyman/Tremont Group
  • Pete Mutschler, Environmental and Safety Director, CHS Inc.
  • Tim McArdle, Executive Vice President & COO, Brandt Consolidated, Inc.
  • Rosemary O'Brien, Vice President, Public Affairs, CF Industries, Inc.
  • Billy Pirkle, Sr. Director, Environmental, Health & Safety, Crop Production Services
  • Scott Rawlins, Director, Regulatory & Governmental Affairs, Wilbur-Ellis Company
  • Rod Wells, Manager, Plant Food Division, GROWMARK, Inc.
"We are pleased to have named the representatives who will lead this groundbreaking safety and security initiative forward," said TFI President Chris Jahn. "I am confident the Board's broad spectrum of knowledge and experience will contribute to the success of ResponsibleAg."
"Engaging these key industry leaders is a critical step as ResponsibleAg continues to develop and evolve," said ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock. "We are privileged to have volunteers committed to making this initiative a success."
The Board of Directors will hold its first meeting on May 5 at the offices of the Asmark Institute in Owensboro, Ky. During its first meeting, the board will adopt ResponsibleAg bylaws, create an annual operating budget, elect officers and begin the selection process for a business manager to oversee day-to-day operations of ResponsibleAg. After the board meeting, the new directors will tour the auditor training facility site, which is also located in Owensboro.