Ice Miller LLP Food and Agribusiness Group Congratulates Mark Poeschl, Named National FFA Organizati Ice Miller LLP Food and Agribusiness Group Congratulates Mark Poeschl, Named National FFA Organizati

Ice Miller LLP Food and Agribusiness Group Congratulates Mark Poeschl, Named National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation Chief Executive Officer

Ice Miller LLP’s Food and Agribusiness group is pleased to join the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation in welcoming Mark Poeschl as the new chief executive officer of both organizations effective Aug. 1, 2016.

Beth Bechdol, Ice Miller's director of agribusiness strategies, served on the National FFA sponsors' board for four years and served as its chair in 2014.  Currently, she is a trustee and chair of the National FFA Foundation. 

“Ice Miller appreciates the commitment of National FFA leadership to build, grow and protect the American agriculture industry and future leaders,” said Bechdol. “Mark has clearly demonstrated in his professional experiences his abilities to collaborate, innovate, communicate and lead. I am confident he will continue the positive momentum generated by retiring CEO, Dr. Dwight Armstrong, and ensure even greater success for National FFA and the students it serves.”

Poeschl, a former FFA member and past state FFA president from Nebraska, brings strong business, customer service, financial, IT and global perspectives to the organization. He currently serves as vice president, group director, stakeholder engagement at Cargill, Inc., Cargill Animal Nutrition. During his tenure at Cargill, Poeschl was deeply involved in the successful integration of Provimi Holding BV as well as major capital expansion programs in the United States, South Africa, Jordan, France, Ireland and the Netherlands. In addition, he built and implemented business plans to assure profit objectives were consistently achieved and was actively involved in developing and executing Cargill Animal Nutrition’s global 2020 strategy. Poeschl played a key role in talent selection and career development in the company and was instrumental in collaborating and implementing long-range business strategies. In 2016 he began working on sustainable and responsible animal protein production issues with key stakeholders.

Melissa Proffitt, office managing partner of Ice Miller’s Indianapolis office and chair of the Food and Agribusiness group also recognized outgoing CEO Dr. Dwight Armstrong for his remarkable leadership of National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation.

“FFA has seen momentous growth under Dwight’s leadership with new membership and fundraising records and strong relationships built with diverse businesses and organizations,” said Proffitt. “Ice Miller congratulates Dwight on his retirement for all of these achievements but, more importantly, we thank him for his contributions to the food and agriculture industry and to so many of its future leaders."

Ice Miller has been a proud supporter of the National FFA since 2009, sponsoring career workshops, student scholarships, and special networking and informational events.  Ice Miller's Food and Agribusiness group includes attorneys and specialists with a variety of backgrounds across the Midwest and Washington D.C. It represents food and agriculture companies across the country while monitoring the issues facing the industry.
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About the National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

About the National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.

This publication is intended for general information purposes only and does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice. 
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