Commodity Classic Opens Next Week in Anaheim

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Farmers and others in the agriculture industry are gearing up for this year’s Commodity Classic next week in Anaheim, Calif. The annual gathering of corn, soybean, sorghum and wheat growers will start a day early this year, kicking off with the official welcome reception on Monday evening instead of Tuesday and wrapping up with entertainment on Thursday night.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will keynote the general session on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 9:00 a.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center. Secretary Perdue is expected to share his vision for the U.S. Department of Agriculture including thoughts on a new Farm Bill, international trade, rural development and the role of agriculture in America’s food security and economic vitality.

The conference is also an opportunity for farmer led organizations like the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) to hear from their members concerning policy priorities.

“It’s exciting to be in Anaheim, to bring our farmers together to craft the direction of our organization through the policy process. There’s learning and education opportunities where farmers can look at the profitability challenges that we’re facing right now and pick up new tools, tips, tricks that they can use to be more successful on their farms,” said Chris Novak, NCGA CEO.

Commodity Classic will also partner with Feeding America again this year. Feeding America works with U.S. food banks to distribute food to more than 60,000 food pantries. Secure donations can be made by visiting and clicking on the Feeding America logo on the home page.

Although pre-registration is now closed, walk-in registration for single day attendance or the entire event is available on-site when the Commodity Classic opens on Tuesday.

Listen to Chuck’s interview with Chris Novak here: Classic interview with Chris Novak, NCGA

AgWired’s coverage of Classic this year will start with the Bayer Agvocacy Forum on Sunday afternoon, and include all the latest from John Deere and FMC, as well as AMVAC, Farm Credit, and AEM.

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Water Management a Focus for Deere Award Winner

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John Deere presented an Australian company with the inaugural Outstanding Utilization of APIs Award at the 2018 Develop with Deere Conference in Kansas City.

Stu Pocknee with Precision Terrain Solutions said he believes his company is doing things that are innovative and different and interesting. Terrain-based water management is the focus of the applications, from building levies to terraces to better drainage.

“We all know that water is the major vector for pollutants traveling off the farm, and the better job we do of managing water, using more efficiently, limiting leaching, limiting runoff, it’s good for the environment, it’s good for the sustainability of farms,” said Pocknee. “There’s no rocket science involved. It’s purely doing a better job with water management, and that has so many positive implications down the track for the profitability of farmers, for the sustainability of their operations, and the water community. It’s hard to see who can lose out of that. It’s a good situation.”

Pocknee described the future of the API as a “big, blue sky ahead of us.”

Listen to Chuck’s interview here: Interview with Stu Pocknee, Precision Terrain Solutions

You can find conference photos here: 2018 Develop with Deere Conference Photo Album

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Agri-Pulse Announces 2018 Ag & Food Policy Summit

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International trade, regulatory challenges and a new farm bill will be topics of discussion at the 2018 Ag & Food Policy Summit, scheduled for March 21 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington.

“In a year that has the potential to transform agriculture in so many ways, from regulatory reform and trade policy to the farm bill and finding a solution to our labor shortage, it is important that we equip ourselves with knowledge and all the advocacy tools at our disposal,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.

Agri-Pulse Editor Sarah Wyant said the Summit is designed to harvest perspectives and foster a well-rounded discussion about the top issues confronting the future of food production and U.S. agriculture.

Watch a short video introduction to the event here.

Click here to register.

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Zimfo Bytes 2/23

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  • Michael Torrey Associates welcomed Barbara Patterson and Marissa Dake to its growing team in February 2018. The Washington, D.C.-based firm offers effective government relations, strategic communications and issue advocacy and full-service association management to a growing number of clients in the food, agriculture, and forestry sector.
  • Culver’s is celebrating National FFA Week in a big way. Through its Thank You Farmers Project, the restaurant will launch its fourth annual FFA Essay Contest on Feb. 19. The three winning essay writers will win $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, for their FFA chapters. This year’s essay contest prompt is: The 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo theme was “I can. We will.” What does this mean to you, and how will you apply it in your future ag career? The contest ends April 6, 2018, at 5 p.m. CST.
  • American Vanguard Corporation announced that its wholly owned subsidiary AMVAC Netherlands B.V. has recently hired Thomas Britze as general manager of AMVAC do Brasil Representações LTDA. Britze will be based in Sao Paulo. In addition to his responsibilities as General Manager for Brazil, Britze will coordinate the introduction of AMVAC’s new application technology SIMPAS (Smart Integrated Multi-Product Application System) in key international markets.
  • Congress cleared a budget agreement and disaster-aid package that has a significant impact on farmers for the 2018 crop year. The budget agreement passed the House by a vote of 240 to 186 and passed the Senate by a vote of 71 to 28. The President has also signed the legislation. The legislation includes $90 billion in disaster assistance for communities impacted by storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires and flooding. The legislation also includes provisions for cotton farmers by making seed cotton eligible for Title 1 Agriculture Risk Coverage and the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs.
  • Bringing children accurate knowledge about how their food is grown is the goal of Feeding Minds Press, a new children’s book publishing venture from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The new publisher’s first book will be “Right This Very Minute,” written by award-winning author Lisl Detlefsen. It is scheduled for release in January 2019.
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FMC Introduces Steward EC Insecticide

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FMC has introduced another tool for farmers to use in the fight against the Western corn rootworm beetle.

David Wheeler, Technical Services Associate Director, said Steward EC is not a new chemistry, but it represents a new use in corn to control adult rootworm beetles. Farmers can use the product in an integrated pest management program along with a larval control mechanism either through traits or a soil insecticide.

“He does that for two reasons. Primarily, it’s for population control and managing that population for the following year. And secondarily for any silk clipping that the beetles might do,” said Wheeler.

Wheeler said Steward EC is offering up to 85 percent control of adult rootworm beetles compared to maybe 50 percent effectiveness found in traditional products.

Listen to Chuck’s interview with David Wheeler here: David Wheeler, FMC

2018 National Farm Machinery Show Photo Album

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Camso Announces Remanufactured Tracks Program

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Camso just announced a new certified remanufactured tracks and wheels program that will be available as of March 16, 2018. While I was at the National Farm Machinery Show I spoke with Martin Lunkenbein, Service and Aftermarket Sales Executive Director – Agriculture at Camso. We talked about the program and another announcement that I’ll feature later.

“We’re giving multiple lives to a product farmers have always trusted, showing once again our commitment to provide the lowest operating cost solution,” said Lunkenbein. The launch follows a pilot program announced last August in which the product development team gauged and monitored product performance through validation in the field. Remanufactured track and wheel products for general AG applications, as well as service, will be available through the Camso distribution network in North America.

Learn more in the video below:

2018 National Farm Machinery Show Photo Album

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Blueprint Solutions for Beef Cattle Nutrition

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Earlier this year, Alltech launched the premium Blueprint® beef nutrition program for the CRYSTALYX® and Hubbard Feeds brands. The 2018 Cattle Industry Convention was a perfect spot for us to get the scoop. We caught up with Mark Robbins, Ridley Block Operations who said Blueprint Solutions is more than a simple supplement program.

“It’s the total replacement of inorganic trace minerals with organic trace minerals which are bioplex, selplex and organic selenium. The inorganic trace minerals are sulfates, oxides and chlorides. Even though we have used them for years, we have always known they do have some baggage. They aren’t nearly as available, they do degrade vitamins in mineral mixes and they aren’t as palatable. Inorganic trace minerals also have a tendency to serve as an antagonist in the absorption of other trace minerals,” Robbins said.

The Blueprint Solution program is available in a number of free-choice supplements to meet the needs of any type of operation.

“The one thing customers will notice about the CRYSTALYX Blueprint compared to one of our older products is how much lower the trace mineral levels are. That is because the organic trace minerals have a much higher bio-availability. We need to get our customers and dealers to understand these organic minerals perform much higher,” Robbins said.

Listen to the complete interview here: Interview with Mark Robbins Ridley Block Operations

2018 Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show Photo Album

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Pinnacle 2020: The Next Generation in Grain Drying

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The Mathews Company has been manufacturing grain drying systems for close to 65 years. The company built its first continuous flow grain dryer in 1957 and now offers four different drying styles to serve farmers growing a variety of grains.

Company President Joe Shulfer said the Pinnacle control system has become a standard for grain drying systems, and this year’s display showcased the second generation Pinnacle 2020 system with two separate touch screens working side by side.

“It functions kind of like two monitors on your desktop for one computer. So you’re able to have operational content on one side, maybe service diagnostic content on the other. And it’s really an innovative way to get a lot more information in front of the customer,” said Shulfer.

He said the system also works on a smartphone app that will allow the farmer to monitor lots of different things from that mobile device.

Joe Shulfer, The Mathews Company

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National Cotton Council Names Planting Intentions, Leaders

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The National Cotton Council (NCC) announced planting intentions for 2017 and recognized award winners and new leadership at the organization’s recent annual meeting in Fort Worth, Texas.

U.S. cotton producers intend to plant more cotton acres this spring compared to 2017, according to the National Cotton Council’s 37th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey. This year’s cotton acres should total about 13.1 million acres, which is 3.7 percent higher than last year.

The group elected Ron Craft, a cotton producer and fifth-generation ginner from Plains, Texas, as chairman for 2018. The NCC’s vice chairman for the coming year is Mike Tate from Huntsville, Alabama.

The membership recognized the late William T. “Bill” Lovelady, a long-time West Texas cotton producer and former National Cotton Council president, as the recipient of the 2017 Oscar Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award.

Former National Cotton Council senior vice president for Washington Operations John Maguire was named the winner of the 2017 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award.

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Eco Agro Introduces Nitrogen Conservation Input System

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Eco Agro and Eco Agro International LLC are proud to introduce the Nitrogen Conservation Input System (NCIS) for use in the Urea Production Process.

“Our latest innovation, “Nitrogen Conservation Input Systems” (NCIS), enables Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers (EEFs) to be affordable and effective at a lower cost for today’s grower. We see NCIS as being a tool that overcomes a significant hurdle toward increased utilization of EEF’s worldwide in efforts to improve crop production and yields.” said David McKnight, whose team headed the development of NCIS.

NCIS Technology allows for introduction of proven Nitrogen Efficiency additives to optimize the conditions for Enhanced Urea Production and performance. “The options in these innovative discoveries are significant and the delivery system and molecular synergies created can be modified and taken down stream and applied onto Urea also,” said Ray Perkins President of Eco Agro.

Andrew Semple of EAI stated, “These proven Enhanced Efficiency Technologies coupled with an unparalleled low costs of treatment are a major leap toward mass adoption but there are more innovations on the horizon that are game changing and equally as exciting.”

To learn more about the Eco Agro Nitrogen Conservation Input System contact Greg Stake at for domestic inquiries and for International Inquiries.

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