AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF BOVINE PRACTITIONERS, Auburn, Ala. -- Geni Wren has joined the association as communications specialist. Wren will focus on designing, creating, writing and managing communications projects and tools. She will also work with partners, student groups and affiliated organizations and on the annual conference. She was previously with Vance Publishing.
BUNGE NORTH AMERICA, St. Louis, Mo. -- George Allard has been appointed vice president and general manager of the oils business. Allard was most recently head of the North American milling business.
Wade Ellis has been named vice president and general manager of the North American milling business. Ellis was most recently general manager of the rice milling facility in Woodland, Cal.
Rodney Perry has been named vice president, food and ingredients for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Perry was most recently vice president and general manager of the oils business.
CHORE-TIME GROUP, Milford, Ind. -- Teena Kruger has been promoted to customer service manager. Kruger will be responsible for leading the merger of the three customer service departments into one cohesive group to serve the poultry and egg industries globally. She will also manage quotations, order entry, order management, shipment logistics, export document preparation, invoicing, contract management and the distributor e-commerce program. She was most recently cage project manager for Chore-Time Brock International.
IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, Ames, Iowa -- Brad Evans has joined the university as agricultural specialist at the McNay Research Farm. Evans will work with the beef cattle herd, assisting with research trials and managing pasture, forage and beef cattle production.
Chad Huffman has joined the university as agricultural specialist at the Northwest Research Farm. Huffman will conduct crop and horticultural research and demonstration projects, including coordinating field research trials with project leaders.
Lance Miller has joined the university as agricultural specialist at the Southeast Research Farm. Miller will coordinate on-farm research projects for southeast Iowa and at the farm.
PHEASANTS FOREVER INC., Marshall, Minn. -- Emilee Nelson has joined the organization as coordinating wildlife biologist. Nelson will provide coordination and program delivery for prairies and grassland habitats in southwestern Minnesota, focusing on the Lac Qui Parle core area and Prairie Coteau landscapes. She was previously with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, Washington, D.C. -- Cheryl Cook has been appointed chief information officer. Cook will lead all information technology investments, operations and management. She was most recently acting CIO.
Johnie L. Jones has been appointed deputy chief of staff for Rural Development. Jones was most recently special assistant to the deputy secretary.
Susan Keith has been appointed deputy administrator for the Packers & Stockyards Program in the Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration. Keith most recently served as senior counselor to the General Counsel.
Mike Schmidt has been appointed deputy administrator for farm programs in the Farm Service Agency. Schmidt was most recently with the USDA Marketing & Regulatory Programs mission area.
VERTELLUS SPECIALTIES INC., Indianapolis, Ind. -- Mike Turner has joined the company as director of the agriculture business segment. Turner will be responsible for establishing the strategic direction for the segment as well as its overall business profitability globally. He was previously with Universal Fibers Asia.