SPARKS ELECTED TO NATIONAL AG BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Ron Sparks, comissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, was elected secretary-treasurer of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) for 2006-2007 at its annual meeting in Norfolk, Va., last week.
"It is an honor to be elected to this position by my peers from across the United States," said Sparks. "I hope that Alabama will have a strong voice when it comes to improving and protecting the agriculture industry. There are many exciting opportunities ahead in agriculture such as alternative fuels, improving nutrition for our children, and making sure there is adequate disaster relief for farmers and producers."
West Virginia's Agriculture Commissioner Gus R. Douglass, a veteran member of NASDA and the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture since 1964, said, "I am very proud to see Ron's leadership and abilities recognized nationally. I have had the opportunity to see firsthand his service to his region in its time of distress to preserve the agriculture industry in the Gulf Coast and Southern states. He is now in line to assume more responsibility on the national level."
Officers of NASDA first serve the organization as secretary-treasurer and then move up in position each year. This gives officers an opportunity to learn more about agriculture in other states and build relationships across the country. Sparks will serve as President of NASDA in 2009- 2010. He served as President of SASDA for 2005-2006.