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Minnesota Crop Improvement Association Appoints New President

Minnesota Crop Improvement Association (MCIA) announces the appointment of Fawad Shah as its new president and CEO effective June 1, 2015. Shah will take over upon the retirement of Ben Lang, who has served as the association’s president and CEO since June 1, 2008.
Most recently, Shah served as the director of the Seed Regulatory and Testing Division at the United States Department of Agriculture. Previously in his career, he served as grain and seed administrator for the Commodity Inspection Division at Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA).
His experience working with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) program, Federal Seed Act enforcement, seed and variety testing, seed certification, phytosanitary inspections, and regulatory services as well as fiscal, strategic and operational leadership will benefit MCIA as the organization continues to fulfill its mission of serving the needs of its clients, MCIA says.