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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tim Cross is well respected for his leadership of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture within the state of Tennessee, and that admiration extends across the southern United States. Cross is the recipient of the Southern Extension Service Award for Excellence in Leadership from the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors (ASRED). The award recognizes those who have served Southern Extension Services, ASRED, and the national land-grant university system with exemplary distinction. Cross received the award at the group's April 24-27 meeting in New Orleans. "This award means a lot to me because it's from a group of outstanding leaders who have taught me a great deal during my time as an Extension administrator," Cross says. "The members of ASRED are people I admire, respect and trust, and this recognition serves to further inspire and motivate me in my role as chancellor." In nomination materials, Cross was praised for work at the national level in areas such as the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy, the Southern Region Program Leadership Network's Resource Development Committee, the USDA's Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers and its Small Business Innovation Research Program, and the National Women in Agriculture Advisory Committee. Dr. Delton Gerloff, Interim Dean for UT Extension, Dr. Edwin Jones, Associate Dean and Director of Virginia Cooperative Extension at Virginia Tech University, and Dr. Jimmy Henning, Associate Dean for Extension for the University of Kentucky, nominated Cross for the honor. "The service appointments and accomplishments by Dr. Cross place him in a small group of people who continue to make a difference in fulfilling the land-grant mission," says Gerloff. "Tim exemplifies the best in Extension and has distinguished himself at every level and in every role he has ever taken on," says Henning. "His knowledge of economics, of farm management and Extension was all utilized in the development of policies and procedures that became national policy." Cross was named UT's Chancellor for Agriculture in December 2016 after having served the institution 23 years, including a stint as Interim Chancellor last fall. He was later confirmed by the UT Board of Trustees to assume the job permanently, and began his new appointment the first day of 2017. He has also served as Dean of UT Extension and Professor in Agricultural Economics. From upstate New York, Cross has spent time as a student and faculty member at Oklahoma State, Fort Hays State in Kansas and Oregon State universities. He and his family live on a farm in east Knox County where they raise livestock, and all four Cross children have been active in 4-H. Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu.


News Article | May 4, 2017
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In the ongoing and urgent effort to protect the environment, there are dozens of programs to assist with conservation projects that help both farmers and the land. Right now the largest of those efforts is the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), with more than 70 million acres of U.S. farmland involved in conservation plans. While that number may seem high, many experts say that isn’t enough – and there may be a simple reason why. 40 percent of privately-owned farmland in the U.S. is leased and managed by someone other than the landowner. On the flip side, many producers have multiple owners of the land they farm. “In order to participate (in the CSP) you have to enroll your entire farm,” says Simanti Banerjee of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “Imagine if your farm was owned by ten people. If you have one owner hold out you couldn’t participate.” Banerjee, along with Mykel Taylor of Kansas State University and Leah Palm-Forster of the University of Delaware, are working on a new study, recently backed by the USDA, to find ways to get more farmers and farmland involved in the program. “This has a direct impact on the environment,” Palm-Forster said. “If you want to address problems like nutrient runoff and soil erosion we need to find ways to make these types of programs attractive to farmers.” If you are interested in learning more about this groundbreaking project, and setting up an interview, please contact Jay Saunders in the AAEA Business Office. ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 20 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes two journals, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices. To learn more, visit http://www.aaea.org.


News Article | April 27, 2017
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The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) announces that the 2017 Borlaug CAST Communication Award goes to Jayson Lusk, a consummate communicator who promotes agricultural science and technology in the public arena. Lusk uses multiple forms of media to advocate for science, as he explains how innovation and growth in agriculture are critical for food security and global progress. Currently a Regents Professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair with the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University in July he will become the head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. Lusk calls himself a “food and agricultural economist who studies what we eat and why we eat it.” But as one colleague stated, “He’s more than a scholar; he’s an unparalleled communicator.” Lusk uses articles, editorials, and a popular blog to take complicated issues and make them accessible to all. He has published influential books and more than 190 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals on topics ranging from animal welfare and biotechnology to consumer interests. He also communicates through frequent television appearances, numerous radio and podcast interviews, newspaper articles, and many well-received presentations. Various media outlets name him as one of the most prolific and cited food and agricultural economists of the past decade. Lusk achieved a B.S. in food technology from Texas Tech University and a Ph.D in agricultural economics from Kansas State University before diving into academic work at Mississippi State and Purdue. A visiting research position at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research gave him and his family a chance to experience Paris. On the way to his current position at Oklahoma State, Lusk served on councils, chaired committees, wrote extensively, and became a valued voice in the realm of agricultural science. In 2015, he was named a fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. Colleagues praise Lusk for his abilities to reach audiences outside the agricultural community and for his willingness to engage in controversial food issues. As one nominator wrote, “He is an excellent columnist and blogger. His perspective is surprising, and he engages the reader.” Another pointed out that Lusk believes farmers, policymakers, and consumers need credible information to make informed decisions--he specifically wants an informed public to know more about important research by land-grant university scientists. Lusk’s most recent book, "Unnaturally Delicious: How Science and Technology are Serving Up Super Foods to Save the World", explains how science and innovation are linked with feeding the growing global population. With his ability to understand food issues at all levels and his skill at getting agricultural messages across to varied audiences, Jayson Lusk is indeed a worthy recipient of the 2017 Borlaug CAST Communication Award. An award presentation will occur at a breakfast side event cohosted by Syngenta and CAST at the World Food Prize Symposium on October 18, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa. The Borlaug CAST Communication Award honors the legacies of Nobel Prize winner Dr. Norman Borlaug and Dr. Charles A. Black, the first president of CAST.


News Article | May 1, 2017
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ABERDEEN, Wash., May 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Financial Corporation (OTCQB:PFLC), the holding company for Bank of the Pacific, today announced that Daniel E. Kuenzi will join its executive management team as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer on May 22, 2017. “We are excited to have Dan join our executive team, adding depth to an already excellent credit administration group. With over 28 years of production management and credit oversight responsibilities within the financial services industry, Dan brings many years of proven leadership skills,” said Denise J. Portmann, President and CEO.  “Dan will be responsible for all aspects of credit administration.  We believe his experience in commercial banking and credit administration will provide additional capabilities in moving our franchise to the next level.” Formerly with HomeStreet Bank in Yakima, Washington, Kuenzi served as Senior Vice President/Eastern Washington Regional President, overseeing relationship-based commercial banking.  Kuenzi also was EVP/ Chief Credit Officer with Whidbey Island Bank, and has held other progressively responsible positions with U.S. Bank, Washington Mutual and Wells Fargo throughout the Pacific Northwest. “I am delighted to be joining the leadership team of Pacific Financial,” said Dan Kuenzi.  “Pacific Financial is a growing franchise and has a long tradition of supporting its communities and markets.  I look forward to being part of that tradition.” Kuenzi graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois with a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics and earned his Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. ABOUT PACIFIC FINANCIAL CORPORATION Pacific Financial Corporation of Aberdeen, Washington, is the bank holding company for Bank of the Pacific, a state chartered and federally insured commercial bank.  Bank of the Pacific offers banking products and services to small-to-medium sized businesses and professionals in western Washington and Oregon.  As of March 31, 2017, the Company had total assets of $873 million and operated fifteen branches in the communities of Grays Harbor, Pacific, Whatcom, Skagit, Clark and Wahkiakum counties in the State of Washington, and three branches in Clatsop County, Oregon.  The Company also operated loan production offices in the communities of DuPont and Burlington in Washington and Salem, Oregon.  Visit the Company’s website at www.bankofthepacific.com.  Member FDIC.


News Article | May 1, 2017
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ABERDEEN, Wash., May 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Financial Corporation (OTCQB:PFLC), the holding company for Bank of the Pacific, today announced that Daniel E. Kuenzi will join its executive management team as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer on May 22, 2017. “We are excited to have Dan join our executive team, adding depth to an already excellent credit administration group. With over 28 years of production management and credit oversight responsibilities within the financial services industry, Dan brings many years of proven leadership skills,” said Denise J. Portmann, President and CEO.  “Dan will be responsible for all aspects of credit administration.  We believe his experience in commercial banking and credit administration will provide additional capabilities in moving our franchise to the next level.” Formerly with HomeStreet Bank in Yakima, Washington, Kuenzi served as Senior Vice President/Eastern Washington Regional President, overseeing relationship-based commercial banking.  Kuenzi also was EVP/ Chief Credit Officer with Whidbey Island Bank, and has held other progressively responsible positions with U.S. Bank, Washington Mutual and Wells Fargo throughout the Pacific Northwest. “I am delighted to be joining the leadership team of Pacific Financial,” said Dan Kuenzi.  “Pacific Financial is a growing franchise and has a long tradition of supporting its communities and markets.  I look forward to being part of that tradition.” Kuenzi graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois with a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics and earned his Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. ABOUT PACIFIC FINANCIAL CORPORATION Pacific Financial Corporation of Aberdeen, Washington, is the bank holding company for Bank of the Pacific, a state chartered and federally insured commercial bank.  Bank of the Pacific offers banking products and services to small-to-medium sized businesses and professionals in western Washington and Oregon.  As of March 31, 2017, the Company had total assets of $873 million and operated fifteen branches in the communities of Grays Harbor, Pacific, Whatcom, Skagit, Clark and Wahkiakum counties in the State of Washington, and three branches in Clatsop County, Oregon.  The Company also operated loan production offices in the communities of DuPont and Burlington in Washington and Salem, Oregon.  Visit the Company’s website at www.bankofthepacific.com.  Member FDIC.


News Article | May 1, 2017
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ABERDEEN, Wash., May 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Financial Corporation (OTCQB:PFLC), the holding company for Bank of the Pacific, today announced that Daniel E. Kuenzi will join its executive management team as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer on May 22, 2017. “We are excited to have Dan join our executive team, adding depth to an already excellent credit administration group. With over 28 years of production management and credit oversight responsibilities within the financial services industry, Dan brings many years of proven leadership skills,” said Denise J. Portmann, President and CEO.  “Dan will be responsible for all aspects of credit administration.  We believe his experience in commercial banking and credit administration will provide additional capabilities in moving our franchise to the next level.” Formerly with HomeStreet Bank in Yakima, Washington, Kuenzi served as Senior Vice President/Eastern Washington Regional President, overseeing relationship-based commercial banking.  Kuenzi also was EVP/ Chief Credit Officer with Whidbey Island Bank, and has held other progressively responsible positions with U.S. Bank, Washington Mutual and Wells Fargo throughout the Pacific Northwest. “I am delighted to be joining the leadership team of Pacific Financial,” said Dan Kuenzi.  “Pacific Financial is a growing franchise and has a long tradition of supporting its communities and markets.  I look forward to being part of that tradition.” Kuenzi graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois with a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics and earned his Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. ABOUT PACIFIC FINANCIAL CORPORATION Pacific Financial Corporation of Aberdeen, Washington, is the bank holding company for Bank of the Pacific, a state chartered and federally insured commercial bank.  Bank of the Pacific offers banking products and services to small-to-medium sized businesses and professionals in western Washington and Oregon.  As of March 31, 2017, the Company had total assets of $873 million and operated fifteen branches in the communities of Grays Harbor, Pacific, Whatcom, Skagit, Clark and Wahkiakum counties in the State of Washington, and three branches in Clatsop County, Oregon.  The Company also operated loan production offices in the communities of DuPont and Burlington in Washington and Salem, Oregon.  Visit the Company’s website at www.bankofthepacific.com.  Member FDIC.


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TOMI™ Environmental Solutions, Inc. (TOMI) (OTCQX:TOMZ), a global bacteria decontamination and infection prevention company, and its board of directors announced the formation and approval of  TOMI’s scientific advisory board. “We are honored William, Miguel and Helene – experts in intellectual property law, biosafety and infection prevention, respectively – have agreed to join our scientific advisory board,” stated Dr. Halden Shane, TOMI’s Chief Executive Officer. “We believe their support validates TOMI’s groundbreaking SteraMist™, and their guidance will help TOMI in "Innovating for a Safer World.” The team is charged with constructively challenging management to help develop strategy; ensuring the necessary resources are in place to enable us to achieve objectives in scientific research and development; and monitoring technological and regulatory trends that could impact our business as well as our performance against our goals. We believe their insight will be invaluable.” William M. Brown, PhD, MBA, JD William M. Brown, PhD, MBA, JD is a consultant and advisor to a series of biotech and life sciences companies. Dr. Brown is a seasoned attorney in intellectual property with deep experience in healthcare-related matters. He is licensed to practice law in several states and is a registered patent attorney. His consulting experience includes intellectual property portfolio management, clinical trial contracts, and patent/business development matters. He holds a PhD from the University of Southampton, England, an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a JD from New York Law School. Dr. Brown conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard, Johnson & Johnson, NIH, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Miguel A. Grimaldo, MEng Miguel A. Grimaldo, MEng is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Pathology, Director of Institutional Biocontainment Resources at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) and the Director of the Biocontainment Engineering Division for the Galveston National Laboratory. His responsibilities include the review of all design, construction, commissioning and operation of High and Maximum containment laboratories as well as to ensure regulatory compliance and to conduct ongoing evaluation and recertification on all critical containment features, equipment and operations for Biosafety Level 3 (BSL‐3), Animal Biosafety Level 3 (ABSL3) and Biosafety Level 4 (BSL4) laboratory facilities at UTMB. He is also a member of the UTMB Institutional Biosafety Committee. He has served as Committee Member for development of the ANSI Z9.14‐2014 Standard ‐ Testing and Performance‐Verification Methodologies for Ventilation Systems for Biosafety Level 3 (BSL‐3) and Animal Biosafety Level 3 (ABSL‐3) facilities as well as for the 2016 Edition of the National Institute of Health (NIH) ‐ Design Requirements Manual (DRM) for Biomedical Laboratories and Animal Research Facilities. Miguel routinely serves as Biocontainment Advisor for containment laboratories nationally and internationally on design, construction and operations and also routinely contributes to a technical column in the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) journal, Applied Biosafety entitled, “Containment Talk”. Mr. Grimaldo obtained his Masters of Engineering from the University of Louisville and Bachelor of Science degrees in Agricultural Engineering and Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University. Dr. Helene Paxton, MS, MT(ASCP), PhD, CIC Dr. Helene Paxton, MS, MT(ASCP), PhD, CIC, is an Infection Preventionist, owner of Bio Guidance, LLC, adjunct biology professor at Rowan University and Director of Infection Prevention at Saint Francis Healthcare. She is Infection Control Certified (CIC), board certified as an International Medical Laboratory Scientist and holds a PhD in Epidemiology. Dr. Paxton has 40 plus years’ experience in medical devices and infectious disease consulting. Dr. Paxton obtained her PhD from Kennedy Western University and her MS from Bowling Green State University. Scientific Advisory Board Provisions and criteria have been set in the company's bylaws and scientific advisory board charter. TOMI’s scientific advisory board will always observe in the letter and spirit the duties, rights and role as a member of the company's board as stipulated in the relevant listing standards. About TOMI™ Environmental Solutions, Inc. TOMI™ Environmental Solutions, Inc. (OTCQX:TOMZ) is a global bacteria decontamination and infectious disease control company, providing eco-friendly environmental solutions for indoor surface disinfection through manufacturing, sales and licensing of its premier platform of Hydrogen Peroxide based product that uses Binary Ionization Technology® (BIT™) , a state of the art technology for the production of its Activated Ionized Hydrogen Peroxide mist represented by the TOMI™ SteraMist™ brand. TOMI’s products are designed to service a broad spectrum of commercial structures including hospitals and medical facilities, cruise ships, office buildings, hotel and motel rooms, schools, restaurants, for non-food safety in meat and produce processing facilities, military barracks, and athletic facilities. TOMI’s products and services have also been used in single-family homes and multi-unit residences. TOMI also develops training programs and application protocols for its clients and is a member in good standing with The American Biological Safety Association, The American Association of Tissue Banks, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, The Restoration Industry Association, Indoor Air Quality Association, and The International Ozone Association. For additional product information, visit www.tomimist.com or contact us at info@tomimist.com. Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 Certain written and oral statements made by us may constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Reform Act”). Forward-looking statements are identified by such words and phrases as “we expect,” “expected to,” “estimates,” “estimated,” “current outlook,” “we look forward to,” “would equate to,” “projects,” “projections,” “projected to be,” “anticipates,” “anticipated,” “we believe,” “could be,” and other similar phrases. All statements addressing operating performance, events, or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future, including statements relating to revenue growth, earnings, earnings-per-share growth, or similar projections, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Reform Act. They are forward-looking, and they should be evaluated in light of important risk factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from our anticipated results. The information provided in this document is based upon the facts and circumstances known at this time. We undertake no obligation to update these forward-looking statements after the date of this release.


News Article | February 21, 2017
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Americans waste food. In fact, studies show more than 20 percent of food available to consume in the U.S. goes to waste. This isn’t just an issue of throwing uneaten food into the garbage can; there are environmental concerns and problems surrounding food security that play a role in the food waste mess. “People will buy more food they are going to eat so they won’t have to go back to the store again,” says Michael Wetzstein of Purdue University, “but they aren’t thinking about the issues surrounding food waste.” Wetzstein and Bhagyashree Katare, also of Purdue, are co-authors of “Optimal Food Waste: Taxes and Government Incentives”, a paper selected to appear in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics – available online today Some U.S. cities are using taxes and government incentives to try to fight food waste, and a bill in Congress right now proposes a variety of solutions to reduce U.S. food waste by 50 percent. How might American households respond to getting hit in the pocketbook if they don’t finish what’s on their plate? To see this paper, and to schedule an interview with one of the authors, please contact Jay Saunders in the AAEA Business Office. ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 20 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes two journals, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices. To learn more, visit http://www.aaea.org.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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This week, Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States. And as the President-Elect prepares to take over the White House, there are a lot of questions about some of the policies Mr. Trump and Congress will look to enact. The Agriculture Industry could see a lot of changes with the new Administration. Policy initiatives discussed during the campaign promise to be hot topics in the ag world. AAEA has experts available to give insight into these and other topics involving agriculture and economics. If you are interested in setting up an interview with one of our experts, please contact Jay Saunders in the AAEA Business Office. ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 20 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes two journals, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices. To learn more, visit http://www.aaea.org.


News Article | February 22, 2017
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TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 22, 2017) - Brigadier Gold Limited ("Brigadier" or the "Company") (NEX:BRG.H) announces that it has been successful in its applications to the Ontario Securities Commission, as principal regulator and each of the Alberta Securities Commission and the British Columbia Securities Commission, to revoke the cease trade orders issued on April 8, May 11 and August 28, 2015, respectively (the "Cease Trade Orders"). The Cease Trade Orders were issued as a result of the Company's failure to file its annual audited financial statements, annual management's discussion and analysis and certification of its annual filings for the year ended December 31, 2014, which filings were made on December 29, 2016. The Company intends to file a reinstatement application with the TSX Venture Exchange forthwith. Additionally, following its annual and special meeting of shareholders held on February 2, 2017, where Grant Hall, Herb Kokotow and Alick Ryder were re-elected as members of the Board of Directors, an additional director - Robert Dzisiak was appointed to the Board. Robert Dzisiak is currently the Managing Partner of Engage Capital. He was the past President and CEO of R.J. O'Brien & Associates Canada Inc, an IIROC member firm, and the past President and CEO of CFG Canada which he started as a branch office of LFG, LLC in 1994. CFG was subsequently sold to Refco Canada where he served as President of Retail Operations until 2006. Rob has a Masters degree in Agricultural Economics and started his career as a consultant with Wharton Econometrics in Philadelphia. He subsequently worked in strategic planning for UGG and was the Canadian VP of Operations for Benson Quinn Co. Rob is a past Chairman of the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange where he also served as a director of the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange Clearing Corporation. Rob has also spent several years in the public markets where he worked as the COO of a Merchant Bank and as a director/Chairman and officer of several publicly listed companies. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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