People in agriculture for Sept. 17, 2010

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* Camrie Claassen, of Eagle Point, Ore., has been selected as the 2010 Oregon Beef ambassador. Claassen, the daughter of Buddy Acup and Kristy Longbrake, will represent Oregon at the National Beef Ambassador Competition in Rapid City, S.D., in October. The three-day competition will test state representatives on youth presentation, consumer promotion, media interview and issue response.

* Willamette Valley Vineyards founder and president Jim Bernau is one of six recipients of the 2010 Oregon Governors' Gold Awards. The awards ceremony is being held Oct. 9 at the Oregon Convention Center ballroom in Portland.


* Bud Cribley, currently serving as the deputy assistant director for Renewable Resources and Planning in the Bureau of Land Management's headquarters, has been appointed the new state director in Alaska. Cribley joined the BLM in 1975 as a range and conservation technician in the Arizona Strip District.

* Jamie Connell, now the Northwest Colorado district manager, has been appointed Bureau of Land Management's state director in Montana. Connell was born in Butte, Mont., and received her bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from Montana Tech in 1985.

* Steve Ellis, currently forest supervisor of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, returns to the Bureau of Land Management as the Idaho state director. Ellis grew up on a family farm in Illinois, and began his 31-year federal career in 1979 when he joined BLM Idaho's Burley Office as a forester.

* James Milne has been named to the newly created position of business development director for The Oppenheimer Group. Milne has experience within the organization in apples, pears, citrus, avocados and greenhouse vegetables. In the new role, Milne will guide the company's nine-member business development team as it drives sales for each of Oppenheimer's product categories.

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