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Iowa Cattlemen's Association Hires Communications Director

Iowa Cattlemen's Association Hires Communications Director

Dal Grooms is hired to beef up the organization's effort to tell the story of positive contributions of Iowa cattle producers. In other livestock news, Aaron Putze leaves the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers.

Dal Grooms, a long-time communications professional in Iowa agriculture circles, has been hired by the Iowa Cattlemen's Association as communications director. ICA president Kent Pruismann, a farmer from Rock Valley, says "This spring, we hired Duane Gangwish as our chief executive officer to implement ICA's mission of enhancing and developing the beef industry in Iowa. With the addition of Dal Grooms to the staff, Duane is strengthening ICA's communications efforts in telling our story."

"Dal brings many years of experience in working with Iowa farmers and Iowa media," says Gangwish, noting her communications background in working for the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, the Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association, and contracting with several other ag-based organizations. "She has worked with a broad spectrum of farmers, from small producers to large enterprises and understands they all serve an important niche in food production and rural prosperity."

"I'm excited to join the professional and experienced staff at ICA. We'll be working to show the positive impact beef production has on Iowa's economy and the world's food supply," says Grooms, who will officially begin her work with ICA on October 21. The ICA represents more than 9,600 members dedicated to the future of Iowa's beef industry. ICA's mission is to give members the opportunity to enhance and further develop the beef industry in the state and the nation.

CSIF director is taking job with Iowa Soybean Association

Aaron Putze, executive director of the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers, has been with CSIF since the organization began in 2004. He recently resigned as head of CSIF to accept a position with the Iowa Soybean Association. He will become director of external affairs for ISA on November 1.

In his new position, Putze will coordinate ISA partnerships with local, state and national farm and commodity organizations. He'll also manage issues related to food and fiber production and engage key constituents in developing and implementing initiatives that enhance opportunities for soybean growers and allied stakeholders. Prior to his work with the coalition, he served 10 years with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation's marketing and communications division, including eight years as public relations director for the Iowa Farm Bureau.

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