2019 Can-Am Defender Ag Sales Event

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Hey farmers and ranchers, Can-Am is offering approved ag businesses a rebate worth up to $1,500 on select 2019 Can-Am Defender models. The program runs from now until June 30, 2019. Here’s some more information.

Built for a hard day’s work, the Can-Am Defender lineup includes a wide range of packages and engine options to fit the unique needs of workers everywhere. Defender side-by-side vehicles can tow up to 2,500 lbs. They can also handle up to 1,000 lbs in the innovative cargo box, which features cut-outs in the bed for five-gallon buckets to stay in place while driving, anchor points, and a large, easy to use, tailgate.

Farmers and ranchers can make work easier and more comfortable with the wide range of accessories available straight from the factory. Accessories offered by Can-Am include windshields, heaters, bed toolbox, tool holders, additional lighting, snow plows, track kits, and a variety of racks for more organized storage.

Click here to learn more about the U.S.A. Ag Sales Event.

For more information on all Can-Am vehicles, visit www.can-am.brp.com.

Having used these vehicles I can personally attest to their ruggedness and value in the situations you might need them for. I have had the opportunity to test drive them for deer hunting the last two seasons.

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Passing of Dr. Aoife Lyons

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Dr. Aoife Lyons dances with her father Dr. Pearse Lyons at 2017 Alltech ONE

The ALL in Alltech has gone to join her father in heaven.

The Lyons family and Alltech announced today the passing of Dr. Aoife Louise Lyons on April 18.

Born on Aug. 1, 1973, in Ireland, she was the daughter of Alltech’s co-founders Dr. Pearse Lyons and Mrs. Deirdre Lyons, the sister of Dr. Mark Lyons, Alltech’s president and CEO, and sister-in-law of Mark’s wife, Holly. Aoife was an integral part of Alltech from its very founding in 1980. The “All” in “Alltech” represents her initials — Aoife Louise Lyons.

Aoife was Alltech’s director of educational initiatives and engagement and was instrumental in fostering educational opportunities both within Alltech and in local communities around the world, including the prestigious Alltech Young Scientist competition, the world’s largest agriscience competition for university students. She created the company’s Career Development Program, a highly selective global recruitment and training initiative, and was beloved by these new Alltech team members as their mentor, “Dr. Aoife.”

Aoife, which is pronounced EE-fah, means “beauty” from the Gaelic word aoibh. In Irish legend Aoife was a warrior princess. She will be greatly missed by many, including us here at ZimmComm who enjoyed seeing her each year at the Alltech annual conference.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

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Precision Ag Bytes 4/24

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  • The InfoAg International Conference & Exhibition has announced keynote speakers for this year’s event. Register before June 14 to receive the early bird discount.
  • NCGA attended the Coalition for Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Spring 2019 meeting in Sacramento, California. The multi-stakeholder coalition sees agricultural lands as playing a key role in building sustainable agriculture and reducing greenhouse gas emission.
  • Ag Leader has introduced several new tools to its full-farm connectivity platform, AgFiniti.
  • Though phosphorus is an essential nutrient necessary for optimal plant growth and yields, research shows that more than 50 percent of production acres are phosphorus deficient. To find better ways to fully utilize phosphorus, West Central Distribution launched the Phosphorus Project in 2018.
  • As planting season begins across the country, the American Seed Trade Association reminds farmers to follow the basic steps for stewardship of treated seed. For more information, visit seed-treatment-guide.com.
  • AgLaunch Initiative has been named one of seven new Small Business Administration’s Regional Innovation Clusters, a program built to strengthen opportunities for small businesses within a region focused on a specific industry vertical.
  • As the global market demand for almonds continues to increase exponentially, one of the greatest threats to crops is navel orangeworm, Amyelois transitella. The addition of a bioinsecticide from Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. to the May and hull split conventional spray programs decreased total nut damage by an additional two percent in extensive 2018 field trials. The addition of Venerate® XC delivered a six-to-one return on investment for growers, while multiple trials show that Venerate® XC added to a conventional spray program improved total performance by 33 percent based on damage reduction and number of eggs and pests present.
  • The Soil Health Partnership is launching the Soil Session webinar series to provide updates on SHP’s various programs and research findings. Register here.
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NCBA CEO Kendal Frazier Announces Retirement Plans

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After 34 years with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the past four as CEO, Kendal Frazier has announced his plans for retirement.

“I’m a lucky man to have worked in the cattle industry; what a wonderful journey this has been,” said Frazier in making the announcement. “It has been an honor to serve the men and women who make their living in the cattle business. I am confident that I’m leaving NCBA in a good place.”

NCBA will begin the search process to select a new CEO immediately, and Frazier will remain in place to assist with the transition process, until Dec. 31.

Frazier’s career began as a farm broadcaster in Kansas, where he also served as director of communications for Kansas Livestock Association, before moving to Denver, Colo., to join the staff of the National Cattlemen’s Association (NCA), predecessor organization to NCBA. During his illustrious career, he served the beef industry through some of its most challenging times and events. When NCA merged with the National Live Stock and Meat Board in 1996, Frazier was a member of the team who worked with staff and beef industry volunteer leaders to address a steep decline in demand, helping to address the consumer concerns which had led to losses in market share and falling prices. This work ultimately helped to reverse those declines and set the industry on a new, consumer-focused path

As CEO, Frazier has kept a sharp focus on the issues that matter most to the members and the industry he represents. He talks about many of those issues and the organization’s long range plan in this interview from the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention.

Interview with Kendal Frazier, CEO, NCBA CattleCon2019 Interview with Kendal Frazier, NCBA CEO

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Hoosier Ag Today to Acquire Michigan Ag Information Network

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Hoosier Ag Today is acquiring the Michigan Ag Information Network (MAIN) and will assume program production and distribution starting May 6. Programs will continue to be referred to as the Michigan Ag Information Network.

Pat Driscoll will remain as a contributor and consultant, providing invaluable direction and insight as the network’s programing and coverage is expanded. Michigan-based content will continue to be a centerpiece of MAIN programs. Terry Henne, farm director of WSGW radio Saginaw, will continue to provide in state reports daily and in the near future, a team of farm broadcasters and sales representatives will be based in Michigan.

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A Cornstalk of a Different Kind

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This cornstalk is actually Cornstalk Promotional Products. Making an appearance in the Agri-Marketing Conference Connection Point was Kevin Lind, Principal. His creations caught a lot of people’s attention including mine. Of course his booth was right across the aisle from ZimmComm.

Before the craziness ended I spoke with Kevin via the Golden ZimmComm Microphone to learn more about him and his company. Here is his business mission.

Provide the highest quality and most unique customer promotional items to agricultural companies. Cornstalk products foster a lasting favorable bond between our customers and their target audience by projecting either a shared financial goal, a shared environmental stewardship commitment or team building membership. Our products become valued possessions on many family farms.

I was most interested in his mini storage bins which can have a custom logo/artwork placed onto them. Talk about a unique promotional product associated with farming! He also has a variety of other products you should check out.

To learn more about Cornstalk, LLC listen to my interview with Kevin here: Interview with Kevin Lind, Cornstalk, LLC

2019 National Agri-Marketing Conference Photo Album

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It is Vidalia Onion Season Time

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For foodies everywhere this is good news. I like all kinds of onions and have always loved Vidalia onions. I cook with them whenever I can. Over the course of a year I use a lot of red, white and yellow onions. But in season, I always select Vidalias.

Get ready to celebrate “The Sweet Life,” Vidalia onion fans! The 2019 Vidalia Onion season has officially begun for the renowned vegetable adored by the world’s best chefs and home cooks alike for its sweet and crisp flavor.

A rite of passage every spring, the sweet juicy bulbs are cultivated by 50 registered growers and are available for a limited time each year from April to August. One of the world’s mildest onions, the way Vidalia onions are grown and raised enhances the onion’s unique taste, sweetness and texture.

“We have had a strong harvest this year and consumers can look forward to a bountiful supply of Vidalia onions to spice up their favorite dishes from salads to desserts,” said Troy Bland, chairman of the Vidalia Onion Committee (VOC), which oversees marketing for the hand-planted and hand-harvested vegetable.

According to Bland, 9,356 acres of Vidalia onions will be harvested this year. Vidalia onions comprise 62 percent of sweet onion sales in the United States and 22 percent of total onion sales.

This year, the VOC is launching a new marketing campaign, “The Sweet Life,” to highlight the unique role Vidalia onions play as a tasteful addition to a dish that help consumers elevate their cooking and entertaining style to make life sweeter and more enjoyable.


Pig Farmers Make 55 Years of Sustainability Progress

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Just in time for Earth Day, the National Pork Board has released a new study from the University of Arkansas confirming that “today’s pork is more earth-friendly than ever thanks to great progress in multiple key sustainability metrics over more than five decades.”

According to the new study, A Retrospective Assessment of U.S. Pork Production: 1960 to 2015, the inputs needed to produce a pound of pork in the United States have become more environmentally friendly over time. Specifically, 75.9% less land is needed, 25.1% less water and 7% less energy. This also has resulted in a 7.7% smaller carbon footprint (see infographic.)

To save as much water as today’s pig farms do over their predecessors of 50-plus years ago, the average American would have to take 90 fewer showers per year. Likewise, to understand the energy savings accomplished by pig farmers during the study period, a typical household would need to eliminate the use of a refrigerator altogether.

This new Pork Checkoff-funded study used a comprehensive life-cycle assessment approach with a field-to-farm gate approach, including material and energy flows associated with the full supply chain, beginning with extraction of raw materials through production of live, market-weight pigs, including marketed sows.

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Animal Ag Bites 4/22

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  • Vita Plus Loyal has selected a high school senior as a recipient of the 2019 “Our Future is Agriculture” scholarships. This year’s recipient of the Vita Plus Loyal scholarship is Katerina Kolzow of Colby High School.
  • The 68th annual National Breeders Roundtable agenda will include topics addressing Genomic Selection in Turkeys: Conceptual, Theoretical and Applied Aspects; Consumers Flocking Online: Social Media’s Impact on Poultry Breeding; An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence: Applications in Animal Breeding; Precision Feeding: Measuring and Modeling Feed Efficiency; Improving Accuracy of Genome Breeding Values Using a Selected Small Data Set; and more. Registration is now open for the conference, which will be held May 16 -17 at the Hilton St. Louis Airport hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. To view the agenda, register and reserve hotel rooms, visit www.uspoultry.org.
  • The Pork Checkoff has awarded 20 scholarships to college students around the United States as part of its strategy to develop the pork industry’s future human capital. This year’s top scholarship recipients are Jenna Chance and Jadelyn Stewart, who will receive a $5,000- and $3,500-scholarship, respectively.
  • The American Feed Industry Association announced that John Stewart, AFIA’s manager of government affairs for the past two years, will transition to the newly created role of director of membership and stakeholder engagement in early May.
  • The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) is proud to celebrate a decade of service to the animal food industry, conducting many high-priority research and education projects that protect the animal food industry’s license to operate and provide scientific-based information to decisionmakers and consumers so they can make informed policy and purchasing decisions.
  • U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the government of Tunisia and the United States have finalized U.S. export certificates to allow imports of U.S. beef, poultry, and egg products into Tunisia.
  • The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council announced the launch of a campaign to celebrate the conservation success story of the gray wolf.
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Joyn Bio Joins Bayer Facility and Adds Reiter to Board

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Ag-biotech company Joyn Bio has signed a long-term lease to locate its plant sciences team within Bayer’s Vegetable Seed Facility in Woodland, California to accelerate ongoing research. In addition, the company has appointed Bayer Head of Research and Development for Crop Science, Dr. Robert Reiter, to its board of directors.

The Joyn R&D team in Boston has developed microbial leads engineered to reduce the amount of traditional chemical fertilizer required for growing crops like corn, wheat and rice. Joyn’s microbes enable plants to partially fulfill their nitrogen needs, offering growers a reliable and sustainable alternative. The Woodland site offers the resources, capacity and scale needed to evaluate microbe performance in commercial crop plants.

The new facility – with 12,500 square-feet of lab, office and greenhouse space – is a significant expansion from Joyn’s current tenancy in the Bayer CoLaborator in West Sacramento. The Woodland location complements Joyn’s existing operations at Ginkgo Bioworks in Boston, where Joyn uses the Ginkgo foundries for biological engineering to develop nitrogen-fixing bacteria based on Bayer’s library of more than 100,000 proprietary microbial strains. Between Northern California and Boston, Joyn is now better equipped to leverage the unique resources of its two parent companies, Bayer and Ginkgo, respectively.

Joyn is pleased to welcome Dr. Reiter as its newest board member. “This technology is expanding the way the industry thinks about sustainable agricultural and the deep expertise Joyn’s team brings to the table, coupled with Bayer’s extensive knowledge in microbial products, gives them a real advantage in this space,” said Reiter. “The need for agricultural practices that are good for both the planet and farmers is coming into clearer focus every day. I’m thrilled to be a part of building those solutions.”

Reiter brings nearly 30 years of experience in discovering, developing and delivering innovative R&D approaches in crop science. As a member of Bayer’s executive leadership team, Reiter oversees the crop science research and development pipeline, leading thousands of scientists in building world-class agricultural solutions with the goal of helping farmers grow enough safe and affordable food while protecting the planet.

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