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Dr. William H. Danforth Receives Distinguished Service Award
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 23, 2013 - Dr. William H. Danforth was recently honored by the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) with the organization's inaugural Distinguished Service Award for his significant contributions to education, plant and life sciences, and advancements in agriculture.
"Dr. Danforth's positive influence on agricultural sciences is immeasurable," said Thad Simons, president and CEO of Novus International, and incoming president of IFAMA. "From the establishment of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to his 24-year tenure as Washington University's Chancellor, Dr. Danforth's work has inspired young adults, scientists and leaders to pursue solutions that have improved food, agriculture and ongoing efforts to end hunger."
The IFAMA Distinguished Service Award honors an individual whose pioneering contributions have made significant, transformational impacts to the global food and agribusiness system. The award was presented during IFAMA's 23rd annual World Forum at the Presidential Awards Banquet hosted at the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Ga.
Danforth's contributions to agricultural education in particular highlight one the key themes of the IFAMA World Forum: The importance of the agriculture industry engaging future generations in the field. In keeping with this theme, Forum attendees heard from Dwight Armstrong, CEO of the National FFA Organization, and Don Floyd, president and CEO of the National 4-H Council regarding the importance of providing today's youth with the education and tools necessary for successful careers in food and agriculture.
In his remarks, Floyd highlighted 4-H's work in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the organization is helping transform young people's false perceptions that agriculture is not a viable career path by underscoring how it can positively impact their futures.
"Most young people don't see agriculture as a promising career, especially in Africa, where food security is a significant challenge and requires localized solutions," explained Floyd. "Through the 4-H's global outreach program, we are teaching young adults in Africa about agriculture with a scientific approach, which is helping them understand how it can improve their futures and communities."
FFA's Armstrong focused on the importance of fostering young adults' and professionals' interest in pursuing careers in agriculture.
"Young people who are a part of agricultural education and FFA have a passion and talent for agriculture, and we want to be sure that we're doing all we can to foster that interest," Armstrong said. "FFA's Agricultural Career Network and other initiatives help ensure they have more access to agricultural career opportunities."
St. Louis Hosts International Youth Archery Tournament
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 23, 2013 - St. Louis has been selected to host the 2013 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) World Tournament. The competition takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30, with around 300 Missouri students from across the state competing in the tournament. Those students include ones from George Guffey Elementary in Fenton and Ridgewood Middle School in Arnold. Both schools are part of the Fox School District.
The NASP World Tournament will be held at the St. Louis Convention Center and the Edward Jones Dome, 701 Convention Plaza in downtown St. Louis. The competitions run from 8:15 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday, and Sunday from 8:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m. The final tournament winners will be announced after 4 p.m. Sunday.
Approximately 2,800 students total are expected to compete during the two days. Shooters from 32 states, including Alaska are registered. Participants also come from as far away as Canada, South Africa and New Zealand. The general public is invited to attend the NASP World Tournament.
In the past, the world tournaments have been held in Orlando, Florida. NASP officials say this year's selection of St. Louis was based its central location within the U.S.
NASP is an international program built around a two-week, standardized archery education unit taught in schools by NASP-certified instructors.
"The genius behind NASP is that every kid shoots the exact same arrow and the exact same type of bow," said Eric Edwards, Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) statewide coordinator for the program, referred to as MONASP in Missouri.
"We have a range at both the Convention Center and the Jones Dome, and they'll run simultaneously so we'll be able get through 3,000 kids shooting archery," Edwards said.
Kander Alerts Missourians To Phony Securities Websites
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 23, 2013 - Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has issued an Investor Alert warning Missourians to be on the lookout for phony websites pretending to be the official website for the Missouri Securities Division. These websites seek a payment in order to receive restitution payments.
"My office does not ask Missourians to pay money to receive the reimbursements we obtain for them," Kander said. "If anyone does ask you to do this, please call my office immediately because it is a scam."
While the Securities Division has not seen any fake Missouri Securities Division websites in the past few years, a website has recently appeared - cds-il.org - that calls itself the Chicago Division of Securities. The website falsely claims to provide information from both the Illinois Division of Securities and the SEC's Chicago bureau.
For more information regarding investments and fraud protection, or for information regarding a company or representative, visit the Secretary of State's online Investor Protection Center at www.MissouriSafeSavings.com or call the toll free Investor Protection Hotline at 1-800-721-7996.
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