AAEA Honors Members at #AgMedia

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ams-16-laa-odle The American Agricultural Editors Association (AAEA) recognized several outstanding AAEA members for their achievements, involvement, and leadership skills during an awards banquet at the 2016 Ag Media Summit.

Jack Odle and Harlen Persinger were presented with the 2016 AAEA Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor designed to honor AAEA members for outstanding professional and personal achievements and leadership, and recognizes the contributions they have made towards the improvement and sustained success of AAEA.


The 2016 Andy Markwart Horizon Award was presented to Ryan Ebert. The annual award is presented by the AAEA Professional Improvement Foundation and John Deere in a matching grant partnership in honor of Andy Markwart, editor of The Furrow, who died in 2006 from heart problems.

The award recognizes an AAEA member who embodies Andy’s youthful vigor, energy, passion, dedication and creativity.


ams-16-markwartAlso recognized at the banquet were Martha Mintz, 2016 AAEA Writer of the Year, Jamie Cole, 2016 AAEA Photographer of the Year, and Amy Gohman, 2016 AAEA Designer of the Year. A full list of all winners will be posted onto the AAEA website.


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#IFAJ2016 Bayer Tour – Part 3 – Bee Care Center

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Bayer Bee Care CenterIn 2011 Bayer created a Bee Care Program to coordinate and unite all company activities in the area of pollinator health and safety. With this program Bayer reaches out to various stakeholder groups like industry partners, scientists, farmers, beekeepers and organizations involved in the food value chain.

During my tour with Bayer during the IFAJ Congress in Germany one stop included a presentation by Coralie van Breukelen-Groeneveld, Head of the Bayer Bee Care Center. She spoke about the program that includes the themes, ‘Feed a Bee’, ‘Healthy Hives’ and ‘Sustainable Agriculture’.

You can listen to the presentation here or watch below: Coralie van Breukelen-Groeneveld Presentation

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Reman Equipment Showcased at #AgMedia

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ams-16-7 The remanufactured equipment market has been increasingly popular with farmers across America, and CNH Industrial Reman, a Joint Venture between CNH Industrial and SRC Holdings Corporation is truly bringing farmers a new standard of quality in remanufactured equipment.

Jamie Sullivan, Marketing Manager for CNH Industrial Reman, was on hand at the 2016 Ag Media Summit to discuss the benefits of remanufactured equipment, and the ways that this partnership has brought together the expertise of CNHI Parts & Services with the comprehensive dealer networks of SRC Holdings.

“SRC has been around for over 25 years, so they’re absolute experts in the manufacturing process, and when you combine that with CNH Industrial and their relationships with the dealerships and the distribution center and everything that they offer, it’s a really fantastic relationship,” she said in an interview during Ag Media Summit.

CNH Reman takes existing equipment, breaks it down to its core components, thoroughly cleans and tests all parts to ensure compliance with Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) specs, and re-assembles a new product. The company works with all CNH Brands, and services a global equipment market.

“When a farmer buys a machine, they’re not just looking at it for that period of time, they’re looking at the cost of ownership over the life of that machine, and whether or not the parts will be available 10 or 15 years down the road, so remanufactured equipment is a great solution for that and for the farmer.”

Listen to Chuck’s full interview with Jamie here:
Interview with Jamie Sullivan, CNH Industrial Reman

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NRCS Talks Changes at #AgMedia 2016

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unnamed-2 The USDA National Resources Conservation Program (NRCS) took the opportunity to get the word out about the latest in the program services at the recent Ag Media Summit in St. Louis, Missouri. Jamie Johansen had the opportunity to speak with Mark Rose, Director of NRCS, about the upcoming changes for fiscal year 2017.

Rose told AgWired the Conservation Stewardship program is getting an overhaul. As the organization’s largest and most popular program the USDA is doing what they can to make it more user-friendly. Listening to commodity groups, employees, and a host of others, they can up with ways to make it better– namely, making a stronger connection between an enhancement and how it will provide benefit on the farm.

It was difficult to explain in the past, Rose related. “Now we’re going to that next step saying “Hey! we’re changing some stuff up!”  We’re tying it to the practices so that when those outcomes of those enhancements [happen] they can say  “Yes, this is what my benefit is.”  We’re making it easier for the producers to understand, easier for our employees to understand.”

While the program does have to be run nationally, changes for 2017 also include more input at the state and local level. Obviously what happens in California may not be affecting folks in Maine, Rose acknowledges. The best way to learn about what’s happening at the local level will be through field offices. Training of employees began in July and is still continuing, but once the sign-up period is announced, the local offices will the best source of information.

Learn more about upcoming changes here: Interview with Mark Rose, NRCS

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Cover Crop Survey Reflects Enthusiasm

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cover cropsA new report from 2,020 farmers nationwide shows growers find a boost in corn and soybean yields when they use cover crops.  This is the fourth survey conducted by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) with help from the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) and Purdue University.  Multi-year data highlights the benefits of year after year use of cover crops.

The survey also reveals growth in the use of cover crops.  In 2015 the average acres per farm was 298, while 2016 is expected to grow to 339.  That number is more than double the acreage planted in 2011.

Corn yields rose an average 3.4 bushels per acre, or 1.9 percent, after cover crops, and soybean yields increased 1.5 bushels per acre, or 2.8 percent. Analysis of the survey data revealed that yield increases rose to 8.3 bushels per acre of corn after cover crops had been used for more than four years on a field. In soybeans, the average yield gain increased from 0.1 bushel per acre after a single year in cover crops to 2.4 bushels after four years of cover crops.

“Cover crops really shine in challenging years, when the improvements they influence on soil moisture holding capacity and water infiltration can minimize cash crop yield losses to stress,” notes Rob Myers, Regional Director of the Extension Programs for SARE at the University of Missouri.  “In a favorable growing season, we expect to see less of a yield impact. However, the link between the length of time in cover crops and yield improvements points to the long-term benefits of building soil health.

The survey also revealed a high number of farmers who saw profit increase as a result of cover crops.  Thirty-three percent saw profit benefits, while only 5.7 percent said it decreased.  Other growers reported no change in profit, or not enough data to evaluate profit impact.

“The vast majority of cover crop users report the most important benefits of cover crops to be improved overall soil health, reduced erosion and increased soil organic matter,” says Chad Watts, executive director of CTIC. “Though the yield benefits, profitability and resilience provided by cover crops are widely recognized by the farmers in the survey, the benefits they highlight most are long-term soil health impacts.”

The report also covered species of cover crops and asked growers what would motivate others to adopt the practice.  You can read more in the full online report.

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3rive 3D Leading Growers to Success

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ams-16-8 FMC Agricultural Solutions recently introduced 3rive 3D insecticide technology, and the product is already leading growers across the country to increases in planting speed, in-furrow protection, and early-season success.

Bob Hooten, Midwest Technical Support Manager for FMC, was on hand during the 2016 Ag Media Summit to highlight the product’s exciting technology and the variety of benefits it is offering growers.

“We’ve been testing this product since 2014, with 32 research units out with all the universities and 35 commercial units out, and the growers are really liking it so far,” he said in an interview during Ag Media Summit. “Corn rootworm is starting to break through the Bt technology, and applying product in furrow is becoming necessary to control these pests, and this is so much easier than the granular applicators that have been used in the past.”

The technology’s unique formulation is extremely low volume and covers up to 480 acres without refilling, saving growers significant water, fuel, labor, and time. A mixture of 120 gallons of water and 30 gallons of product will treat 480 acres, allowing 15 gallons of coverage while only using 40 ounces of total carrier.

“This is really great for the larger grower who is covering a lot of land in one day, since spring weather conditions can leave a pretty narrow planting window, and they’ve got to make the most out of that,” said Hooten. “This is allowing them to do that. This technology is the greatest I’ve seen in 27 years.”

Listen to Chuck’s full interview with Bob here:
Interview with Bob Hooten, FMC

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Questioning Support in Ag, Biofuels from Trump-Pence

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zp-nh1Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Is the Trump-Pence Republican ticket good for agriculture, energy?”

During his campaigning Trump has been supporter of biofuels and has repeatedly said he could “be a farmer.” Indiana Governor Mike Pence has vocally supported the ag industry understanding and supporting small farms and large agribusinesses. However, this week’s pollers seem to think differently with a majority believing the pair will be bad news for both agriculture and biofuels.

Here are the poll results:

  • Good for ag & biofuels – 30%
  • Good for ag but not for biofuels – 5%
  • Good for biofuels but not for ag – 0%
  • Not good for ag & biofuels – 55%
  • Could go either way – 10%
  • Other – 0%

Our new ZimmPoll is live and asks the question, Is the Clinton-Kaine Democratic ticket good for agriculture and/or energy?

During her campaigning, Clinton said she is for biotech, the Farm Bill, animal welfare, climate and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). What about Senator Kaine? He is from a state, Virginia, where ag is the largest industry but he seems wishy-washy on the Farm Bill, but in 2013 he was a vocal supporter of the legislation. He has come out in support of renewable energy and in 2015 he visited his state’s only ethanol plant, Hopewell, to learn about ethanol production as the future of the RFS was then, and is today, hotly contested. What do you think? Vote now.


I AM @USFRA – Mike Geske

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ams-16-geskeMike Geske farms in a unique area in southeast Missouri because it has such a diversity of crops including rice, wheat and corn, a crop Geske grows with pride. For many years, he has served on boards of both the Missouri Corn Growers Association and National Corn Growers Association and today represents Missouri Corn on the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) board. Geske is this week’s I AM USFRA spotlight.

“The corn organizations I represent realize consumers are very concerned about how their food is produced and whether it’s done in a sustainable manner. And they have all kinds of concerns they didn’t use to have even those who make a living discussing food,” says Geske. He notes that they aren’t always well informed yet they influence a lot of people. “So it became obvious to us we were going to have to get involved, not just within the corn industry, but that we were going to have to get involved with others in the ag industry to speak with one voice to these consumers. So that’s what we are doing.”

He adds that they almost have to ask permission to farm because key food influencers not only have a voice among consumers, but also government.

Geske says USFRA has some great programs including their consumer messaging research that helps growers learn how to and how not to talk to consumers. USFRA is taking this knowledge to the street and training those in the ag industry on the most effective ways to discuss ag and food with consumers. He also notes that they have several other great programs including the Faces of Farming and Ranching among others. Geske says that it’s important for the industry to continue speaking to consumers with one voice and encourages organizations to join the 90+ current members.

Learn more about Mike and his commitment to USFRA here: Interview with Mike Geske, Missouri farmer


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AgCareers.com Introduces Virtual Career Fairs

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For companies and candidates who can’t travel, AgCareers.com has a new option – a Virtual Career Fair. The company says the online technology provides employers with a time-efficient and cost-effective platform to complement a company’s current recruiting strategy. Employers connect with candidates from their office, using their company computer, during the chat times they designate on the events. Employers may connect with specific AgCareers.com communities at two different fairs.

AgCareersThe first is the Resume Database Fair taking place on September 27, 2016. This event will give organizations the opportunity to connect with active job seekers who have their resume in the AgCareers.com database. Employers can use this tool to screen and recruit sought-after job seekers.

The second event is the Two-Year & Technical Colleges Fair on October 6, 2016. This virtual fair will allow organizations to connect with active talent in agriculture who have a two-year/diploma/technical degree or certifications. The event gives employers the opportunity to tap into this uniquely trained candidate pool that often lacks opportunity for the traditional career fair engagement.

We’re excited to expand our virtual setting for employers and job seekers to connect through these two Virtual Career Fairs,” said Ashley Collins, education and marketing manager for AgCareers.com. “While we operate in the niche industry of agriculture we have various communities within our industry and we’re excited to help employers and job seekers get in touch with each other for a more in-depth conversation about careers that otherwise they wouldn’t have the opportunity to discuss without going through a costly interview.

Click here for additional information and registration. Interested participants may also view a free recorded webinar explaining how virtual career fairs work.

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ZimmCast With #AgMedia Steering Committee Chair

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ZimmCast 518The head of the organizing committee for this year’s Ag Media Summit is Molly Schoen, Editor, Charolais Journal. We got a chance to talk about the process of putting together an AMS which starts in the fall.

Molly SchoenOne of the first orders of business is to determine location and start working with the hotel and venue. Sponsors are very important and a lot of time is spent talking with them and finding a session or event perfect for their needs. The trade show is called InfoExpo and we’ll be featuring many interviews from participating companies in the next week.

Professional improvement always dominates the session agenda with everything from photography and Adobe software tips and tricks to writing and even a newsmaker session. Awards are big too and full lists of them are being made available on each participating organization’s website.

Learn more about this year’s Ag Media Summit in this week’s program: ZimmCast with Molly Schoen

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