- Following a successful virtual annual meeting, the Public Lands Council announced Wyoming rancher Niels Hansen will lead the organization as the new president and Steve Osguthorpe will join the PLC Executive Committee as the organization’s secretary.
- The Public Lands Council also announced that John Falen was selected as the 2020 PLC President’s Award. PLC leadership also announced they selected Aaron Schlagel as the 2020 Friend Of PLC. Both awards acknowledge individuals who have made significant contributions to the public lands ranching community.
- Subway sandwich franchises nationwide will generate more money for GENYOUth’s Emergency School Meal Delivery Fund and build awareness about the checkoff’s support for youth wellness through Fuel Up to Play 60. First, the chain launched the “Tackle Hunger” endeavor through its Subway Cares program. Subway Cares allows customers to add to their purchase for local causes. The franchises will use these donations for GENYOUth’s fund to provide school meals and feeding efforts from October through Nov. 30. Second, Subway will unveil “60-cent 6-inch Sundays” to students who display their Fuel Up to Play 60 “Healthy Habits Tracker.”
- The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) show management is working hard to provide an in-person trade show in January 2021 for attendees and exhibitors and is taking every measure to ensure a safe and successful show experience. Certainly, any significant pandemic changes in the coming weeks, along with attendee and exhibitor survey feedback, will guide the IPPE show management’s decision-making process. A decision regarding the occurrence of the 2021 IPPE will be made by Oct. 22.
- Brownfield Ag News is celebrating the 4th anniversary of the Weekly Livestock Market Update with a new quarterly webinar series debuting September 30 at 9:30 AM CT.
- While 2020 may be a year remembered for opportunities lost, Dairy Herd Management is giving the dairy industry an opportunity to celebrate Sept. 28 – Oct. 3, with the launch of Dairy Week — an unprecedented offering of free information and resources dedicated to dairy producers and those that support them.
- Florida rancher Liesa Priddy testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on behalf of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council, to give her support to S.4589, the Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2020, and highlight why this bill is desperately needed to modernize ESA.
- The team at Armor Animal Health is excited for the upcoming Virtual Dairy Expo Event. One of their live events being held at 3 p.m. on September 29 will be an Agriculture Opportunities Career Panel featuring five young adults involved in various sectors of the industry. This panel is brought to you by Armor Animal Health and the event sponsor, Zoetis.
- Join Alltech on September 29–30 to explore pet and equine nutritional advances, sustainability efforts and more during this month’s Alltech ONE Virtual Experience featured sessions: EQUINE and PET.
Thanks to COVID, there have been few opportunities for in-person visits on Capitol Hill but farm broadcaster Tony Ricketts spent all last week on the 4th Annual All Ag, All Day DC Capitol Ag Tour. Ricketts met with members of Congress, including the House Ag Committee, and agricultural industry leaders to discuss important topics such as trade, infrastructure, broadband, and CFAP.
Here are links to a few of the reports he sent back and wanted to share. Click to listen, right click to download.
U.S. Grains Council’s Floyd Gaibler
National Association of Wheat Growers CEO Chandler Goule
National Corn Growers Association CEO John Doggett
Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) on rural STEM investment and Rep. GT Thompson (PA) on rural broadband
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) on trade
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) on infrastructure, the Water Resource Development Act of 2020, and the future of agriculture
As in 2016, voters in rural America are poised to have a significant impact on who will be the next president. Yet, many rural counties are still struggling with COVID-19, high unemployment and the environmental impact from natural disasters and wildfires. How will all of these competing and often complex factors affect choices when rural residents vote?
Those are some of the topics Agri-Pulse plans to explore during a webinar discussion Tuesday with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) on “The Intersection of Rural America & Manufacturing: A Preview of Election Issues.” Agri-Pulse Managing Editor Spencer Chase will serve as moderator for the webinar featuring Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M, Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D. and AEM’s Kip Eideberg on Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to noon CDT.
The webinar is part of Agri-Pulse’s in-depth Campaign 2020 coverage, which is sponsored by AEM.
- The Fertilizer Institute released the Fertilizer Industry Economic Impact Study, highlighting the importance and economic contributions of the U.S. fertilizer industry to the national, state and local economies. The study found that the fertilizer industry contributed over $130 billion and nearly 500,000 jobs to the U.S. economy in 2019.
- The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference held annually in Savannah, Georgia, announced that the 2021 conference will be held virtually this year January 5-7, 2021. This event is the largest educational conference and trade show in the Southeast that unites growers, vendors and suppliers from across the specialty crop industry.
- Farmer Veteran Coalition announces new state chapters in Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
- Delivering performance advantages built on its unique chemical structure, market leaders including Ford Motor Company, Sherwin-Williams, Rust-Oleum, John Deere, Columbia Forest Products and Goodyear have all realised better products from better chemistry with U.S. Soy. To learn about the potential of this renewable feedstock with more than 80 years of commercialization success, join the next free webinar – Sustainability & enhanced product performance: achieving both with U.S soy – in partnership with United Soybean Board, on Wednesday, September 30.
- American Farmland Trust announces the winners of its 12th Annual Farmers Market Celebration – recognizing the leading market in each region of the country and awarding cash prizes to the winners of the “People’s Choice” awards for markets with the most endorsements nationwide. More than 1,250 markets participated in the celebration with the total number of votes up 350% over 2019, demonstrating the critical role farmers markets have continued to play in feeding Americas throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
- After more than three decades of service, Missouri Corn Merchandising Council and Missouri Corn Growers Association Chief Executive Officer Gary Marshall will be shifting into retirement effective April 2021.
- For more than 52 years, World Ag Expo® has served agriculture by bringing buyers and sellers together to innovate, collaborate, and advance agriculture. In 2021, the show will not be held live for the first time in World Ag Expo® history. Attendees are encouraged to follow World Ag Expo® social media channels and watch their email inboxes for more information on World Ag Expo® projects throughout 2020 and 2021. They can join the World Ag Expo® email list to stay up-to-date at http://bit.ly/WAEupdates.
- American Agri-Women Past President (1988-89) Mitzi Perdue recently installed the 2020-21 Officers of the Florida Agri-Women in Port Charlotte, Florida. They are President Ruth Jensen, Port Charlotte; Vice President Sonia Tighe, Tampa; Secretary Carol Harris, Homestead; Treasurer Jamie Lang, Wauchula and Immediate Past President Deborah Brady, Dunnellon.
- Renewable Energy Group, Inc. broke ground for a single wind turbine that will provide power to the company’s biorefinery in Albert Lea, Minnesota. This project will provide locally sourced, clean electrical power, lowering the carbon footprint of the biodiesel plant.
- The next Ag Outlook Forum is scheduled for September 28, 2020 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. CST in person at Kansas City Marriott Downtown or online. Register here.
- Join Agri-Pulse for a webinar discussion about “The Intersection of Rural America & Manufacturing: A Preview of Election Issues with Rep. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M, Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D. and AEM’s Kip Eideberg” on Sept. 29 from noon to 1 pm EST. Register here.
The United States exported 52 percent of its soybean crop in 2019, nearly 1.9 million bushels, so it is critical for producers to have a transportation system that delivers cost effective, reliable, and competitive service.
Agri-Pulse editor and publisher Sara Wyant hosted a timely discussion Thursday on transportation infrastructure with American Soybean Association Director of Government Affairs Alexa Combelic and Soy Transportation Coalition Executive Director Mike Steenhoek. Among the issues they discussed were WRDA legislation and the Waterway Trust Fund cost-share ratio, benefits of dredging, and how every aspect of the export supply chain benefits when products can move along our waterways.
- Brightseed, a 2020 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and developer of Forager™, the world’s first and only AI technology for phytonutrient discovery, has closed $27M in growth financing led by Lewis & Clark AgriFood.
- Two global companies are combining forces to offer a full range of integrated product development and regulatory services to agriculture technology companies, multinational or regional crop protection companies, and biologic-based commercial entities. This strategic alliance brings together AgriThority®, a global agricultural product, market and business development company with focus on new technologies, and knoell, specialists in product regulatory compliance for a variety of industries with worldwide reach.
- Syngenta Seeds and the Analytics Society of INFORMS launched the 2021 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics, a competition that focuses on analytical approaches to improve complex crop breeding processes. The 2021 competition is aimed at optimizing year-round corn hybrid breeding processes. Data analytics, mathematics and statistics students, and professionals worldwide are invited to enter by Jan. 20, 2021.
- Scientists from conservation and academic institutions have launched AgEvidence, a visualization dashboard of data from nearly 300 peer-reviewed research papers and curated expert insights derived from those studies. The research compiled in AgEvidence focuses on the environmental and agronomic impacts of cover crops, tillage management, pest management, and nutrient management practices used in growing corn and/or soybean crops in the Midwest.
- The GROWMARK System is growing its endure sustainability initiative in 2020 and beyond to promote positive environmental change in all of the communities it serves.
- Thank you to everyone who attended Soil Health: The Foundation for Regenerative Agriculture, the Soil Health Institute’s 5th Annual Meeting. Videos of the Keynote and Plenary Sessions are available now on the Soil Health Institute YouTube Channel.
- Producers Cooperative Association, an agricultural supply cooperative serving the Brazos Valley and Central Texas, has joined the expanding CommoditAg network.
- Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. announced that company President and Chief Financial Officer James Boyd will retire from his positions. A national search process for the new Chief Financial Officer is underway, and Mr. Boyd will continue as President and CFO during the search process.
- The Agroview system has been recognized as the University of Florida Invention of the Year. The system utilizes images from drones and satellites and from the ground – along with artificial intelligence — to assess plant stress, count and categorize plants based on their height and canopy area and estimate plant nutrient content.
- American Farmland Trust shares publicly its CaRPE Tool TM, a web-based interactive tool that allows users to quickly visualize and quantify net greenhouse gas, or GHG, emission reductions resulting from the implementation of cropland and grazing land management practices. The user can quantify the current use and impact of key regenerative practices and then estimate the potential to sequester more carbon if these practices are applied more broadly, given the specific farmland resources in a state or region.
- BRANDT Specialty Formulations has added two new territory sales managers, Cody Massey and Nate Britt, to its North American Ag sales team, covering the US Pacific Northwest and Canada.
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is encouraging farmers to apply soon for a limited-time offer from USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grant to receive a 25 percent grant for replacing a diesel irrigation engine with a propane-powered engine.
The USDA REAP recently announced Nov. 2 as its fall deadline for the Renewable Energy systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Grant, so PERC encourages interested applicants to act quickly to save even more on propane-powered engines.
“With lower purchase costs and savings of up to 50 percent compared to diesel engines doing the same job, farmers are already saving big by switching to propane irrigation engines,” said Michael Newland, director of agriculture business development at PERC. “For anyone considering making these energy efficiency upgrades to their operation, now is the time to act and take advantage of additional savings with the USDA REAP program.”
Funds can be used for the purchase and installation of a new propane-powered irrigation engine, and any agricultural producer who makes over 50 percent of gross income from agriculture is eligible to apply. The grant is good for up to 25 percent of the total upgrade cost, with a $1,500 minimum and $250,000 maximum.
“There’s never been a better time to replace a diesel irrigation engine with a cleaner, more cost-effective propane alternative,” said Newland. “On top of cost savings, propane engines help meet strict emissions goals and can keep your ag operation running no matter where you live or what happens with the electric grid.”
Grant applications will be accepted at local USDA offices through Nov. 2. Get details from USDA.
American Vanguard® company AMVAC® has announced two new herbicide products for corn available for the 2021 growing season.
IMPACT CORE™: A postemergence corn herbicide that controls grass and broadleaf weeds with punishing takedown and lasting residual.
SINATE™: Controls herbicide-resistant and important driver weeds in LibertyLink® corn with outstanding crop safety.
IMPACT CORE field studies have shown extended residual weed control and control of emerged annual grass and broadleaf weeds, including several herbicide-resistant weeds.
“IMPACT CORE delivers postemergence control of the toughest weeds and grasses in corn with the active ingredient found in Impact®Herbicide, along with an industry-leading level of acetochlor for extended residual control,” said Marketing Manager for Corn, Soybean and Sugar Beets, Nathaniel Quinn. “IMPACT CORE provides growers the flexibility of use across a wide range of field conditions to achieve needed control in their corn.”
SINATE is the first herbicide of its kind to combine another effective mode of action with glufosinate for postemergence weed control in LibertyLink corn.
“SINATE provides a needed one-two punch of the active ingredient found in Impact Herbicide plus glufosinate on herbicide-resistant weeds like waterhemp, Palmer amaranth and giant ragweed in LibertyLink corn,” Quinn said. “The fast acting and wide spectrum of weed control with this product is undeniable.”
AMVAC introduced the new products during a virtual press conference last week. Listen to Nathaniel Quinn discuss here.
AMVAC's Nathaniel Quinn introduces new products (4:12)
During the Agri-Pulse virtual Ag and Food Policy Summit on Monday, leaders of both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees talked about, well, food and ag policy. The summit was held with the backdrop of drama in the House over a Continuing Resolution (CR) that does not provide the $30 billion for the USDA Commodity Credit Corporation requested by the Administration, and the President’s announcement last week of an additional $14 billion dollars in relief funds for farmers and ranchers impacted by coronavirus.
In separate interviews with Agri-Pulse reporter Phillip Brasher, House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Ranking Member Mike Conaway (R-TX) talked about the impact of coronavirus on farmers and ranchers, while at the same time expressing concerns that getting back into the habit of ad hoc disaster aid for agriculture could be detrimental to farm policy going forward.AgriPulse Summit Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) (27:18)
AgriPulse Summit Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) (18:03)
Agri-Pulse founder and president Sara Wyant conducted the interviews with Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). Sen. Stabenow gave her opinion on whether the CR should include the CCC funding, and voiced her concerns about reports that the administration wanted to use some of the money under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) to pay oil refineries denied waivers from the Renewable Fuel Standard. Sen. Roberts talked about the brand new Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial and his fellow Kansan’s contributions to food security, as well as his thoughts on farm policy in a COVID world.AgriPulse Summit Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) (28:41)
AgriPulse Summit Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) (23:45)
This week, we check in with the American Seed Trade Association to see how they have adapted to the reality of a virtual world and taken its annual conferences to a new level. Founded in 1883, ASTA is one of the oldest trade organizations in the United States and they conduct four regular events each year, culminating in December with the huge ASTA CSS and Seed expo in Chicago drawing thousands of participants from around the world.
Needless to say, that event will be virtual this year – but they definitely have the right person in charge. I talked with Jennifer Crouse who is senior director of meetings and services for ASTA and one of the best in the business, planning meetings for ASTA since 2003. She has become a pioneer in this virtual meeting business as the CSS and Seed Expo will be the largest agricultural event to go virtual yet. What is great about this event going virtual now is that many ag media who have never been able to attend this conference will be able to do so.
Listen to the ZimmCast here: ZimmCast 656 - ASTA CSS and Seed Expo (19:40)
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