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•  AGRICULTURE. Dole Food Co. has hired Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld to lobby on “issues relating to Law 364, related Nicaraguan judgments and the creation of worker program; general nutrition advocacy,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Roger Murry, a former legislative aide to ex-Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.), is lobbying for the company.

• DEFENSE. Rolls-Royce has hired mCapitol Management to lobby Congress to approve the F136 Joint Strike Fighter alternative engine program.

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• EDUCATION. The Liberty Square Group is lobbying for KnowledgeWorks, a nonprofit education foundation, on legislation related to improving primary and secondary education.

• FINANCIAL SERVICES. Visa has hired Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough to lobby on the financial regulatory reform bill. Jennifer Pharaoh, a former deputy chief of staff to Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.), is working on the account.

Arnold & Porter is lobbying for Hoyde Private Equity Advisers on “S. 3217, Section 341: Provisions related to thrift charter,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Martha Cochran, a former legislative director to Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), is working on the account.

• HEALTHCARE. The Ross Group has been hired by HealthTrio, a health information technology company, to lobby on health information technology records. Shalia Ross, a former aide to Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) and ex-Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio), is lobbying for the company.

• LABOR. Gephardt Group Government Affairs has been hired to lobby for Sodexo Inc. on “labor/management related matters,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Former Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) and his ex-chief of staff, Thomas O’Donnell, are working on the account.

• TRADE. Patton Boggs is lobbying for the Burger King Corp. on “issues related to international trade in agricultural products,” according to lobbying disclosure forms.

• TRANSPORTATION. The Rhoads Group has been hired by Smart Growth America to lobby for a new surface transportation reauthorization bill. James Lofton, the former legislative director for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), is working on the account.

Patton Boggs is lobbying for AECOM, a technical and management support services company, on “issues related to design/management/funding of general infrastructure projects,” according to lobbying disclosure records.