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September 11, 2009   Email to Friend 

STATE TO HOST EX-PRESIDENT FOX, NASDA CONFERENCE
Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
September 11, 2009

President Vicente Fox
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Vincente Fox, former president of Mexico, will be the keynote speaker when the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries hosts the mid-year conference of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

Alabama's Commissioner Ron Sparks, who is president of the national organization until the conference's close, will preside over the gathering Sept. 16-21 at Montgomery's Renaissance Hotel.

Fox, who held office 2000-2006, was the first opposition candidate to be elected president of Mexico in more than seven decades. Since leaving office, he returned with his wife and family to his home state of Guanajuato.

According to a news release from ADAI, the conference will draw top agriculture leaders from across the United States, and presents Alabama with an opportunity to showcase its many diverse areas of agriculture and agribusinesses.

The conference will also include workshops on energy, biotechnology, specialty crops and food and agriculture security.

Other speakers during the conference include: Berrye Worsham, president and CEO of Cotton Incorporated; Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture; and Larry Filmer, executive director of the Institute of Natural Resources at Auburn University.

NASDA represents all of the 50 states and Puerto Rico. The majority of members are secretaries or commissioners of state departments of agriculture.


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