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CAST names new executive vice president

By Staff | Apr 27, 2015

AMES (CAST) – The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, a nonprofit organization that specializes in assembling and communicating science-based agricultural information to a broad audience, announced Monday the appointment of Kent G. Schescke as its new executive vice president.

Linda Chimenti, will retire from the EVP post at the end of May. She’s been with CAST for 15 years.

Schescke will assume the EVP post effective June 1, at the headquarters office in Ames.

During the past 24 years, Schescke’s professional career has focused on the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation.

He has years of experience in fundraising, development, and government relations for these nonprofit youth organizations.

While he also handled numerous managerial and executive-level responsibilities, he is especially proud of the work he has done with agricultural education and youth development.

Schescke is familiar with CAST’s history and mission.

“I have had the opportunity to work with CAST in many capacities,” Schescke said. “I have great respect for the organization and the work it does to elevate the importance of agricultural science and technology.”

Schescke’s experience and philosophy fit smoothly with CAST’s overall goals. He agrees that agriculture sectors face many challenges and opportunities, and he is positive about the future.

“Advances in technology through research and innovation hold bright promise as long as we continue to secure the social license, political will, and funding to make it possible.”

Dr. David Songstad, president of CAST, said, “The search for Linda Chimenti’s successor began last year after the announcement of her retirement and concludes today with the announcement of Kent as the next EVP.

“I believe Kent will quickly build on the excellent work Linda has contributed over the past couple of years.”

Along with the traditional publication and communication aspects of CAST, Schescke will take over several key programs that Chimenti developed, including the Ag quick CAST publications and the new, “Top Fifty Food Questions” video series.

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CAST names new executive vice president

By Staff | Apr 27, 2015

AMES (CAST) – The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, a nonprofit organization that specializes in assembling and communicating science-based agricultural information to a broad audience, announced Monday the appointment of Kent G. Schescke as its new executive vice president.

Linda Chimenti, will retire from the EVP post at the end of May. She’s been with CAST for 15 years.

Schescke will assume the EVP post effective June 1, at the headquarters office in Ames.

During the past 24 years, Schescke’s professional career has focused on the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation.

He has years of experience in fundraising, development, and government relations for these nonprofit youth organizations.

While he also handled numerous managerial and executive-level responsibilities, he is especially proud of the work he has done with agricultural education and youth development.

Schescke is familiar with CAST’s history and mission.

“I have had the opportunity to work with CAST in many capacities,” Schescke said. “I have great respect for the organization and the work it does to elevate the importance of agricultural science and technology.”

Schescke’s experience and philosophy fit smoothly with CAST’s overall goals. He agrees that agriculture sectors face many challenges and opportunities, and he is positive about the future.

“Advances in technology through research and innovation hold bright promise as long as we continue to secure the social license, political will, and funding to make it possible.”

Dr. David Songstad, president of CAST, said, “The search for Linda Chimenti’s successor began last year after the announcement of her retirement and concludes today with the announcement of Kent as the next EVP.

“I believe Kent will quickly build on the excellent work Linda has contributed over the past couple of years.”

Along with the traditional publication and communication aspects of CAST, Schescke will take over several key programs that Chimenti developed, including the Ag quick CAST publications and the new, “Top Fifty Food Questions” video series.

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