ASGA’s New President
Though already known by many in the audience, the new president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association, John Snyder of Worland, Wyo., formally introduced himself to the group as he took over the reins from Minnesota’s Kelly Erickson at the conclusion of the 2014 annual meeting.
Snyder was born and raised on a small farm near Worland established by his great-grandfather in 1914. Dairy, beef cattle, sugarbeets, small grains and alfalfa were staples in the north central Wyoming farming operation. Like most farm kids of that era, his childhood was shaped by work. “One thing instilled in me was a very strong work ethic,” Snyder noted. “The other thing that I developed was a very, very strong dislike for the dairy side of the business!”
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The sun hid out for part of the week, but for sugarbeet growers visiting from places like Michigan and the Red River Valley, early February in San Diego still provided a warm respite.
About 360 beet growers, spouses and affiliated industry traveled to southern California for the 2013 annual meeting of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association. Along with a lot of one-on-one conversation, they also listened to speakers addressing several timely topics of importance to the nation’s sugar industry.
ASGA’s 2014 annual meeting is scheduled to take place February 9-11 in Tampa, Fla.
Luther Markwart focused on “take home” messages in his summary remarks toward the conclusion of this year’s American Sugarbeet Growers Association annual meeting. “What do we tell our growers? What do we do as leaders of this industry?” ASGA’s longtime executive vice president asked the local and regional grower association leaders in attendance.
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