Zimfo Bytes 8/31

Carrie Muehling

  • U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue unveiled a new webpage featuring information about the importance of rural e-Connectivity and the ways the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing to help deploy high-speed broadband infrastructure in rural America. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.
  • National Farmers Union Foundation has announced the 2018 recipients of the Hubert K. & JoAnn Seymour and Stanley Moore Scholarship awards. Jessica Jurcek of Jefferson, Wisconsin, received the $2,000 Hubert K. & JoAnn Seymour Scholarship. The recipients of the Stanley Moore Scholarship are Marissa Holinka of Watertown, South Dakota; Mya Vetter of Linton, North Dakota; and Megan Olson of Maddock, North Dakota.
  • The Georgia Cotton Commission, Georgia Peanut Commission and the University of Georgia Extension Cotton and Peanut Teams, will co-sponsor a joint research field day on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Tifton, Georgia. To view an agenda, visit www.georgiacottoncommission.org or www.gapeanuts.com.
  • INMED Partnerships for Children and INMED South Africa announced that project beneficiary Pella Food Garden Cooperative was named Best Subsistence Producer by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries at this year’s annual Female Entrepreneur Awards. The group also was named the Overall Winner of the provincial Female Entrepreneur Awards by the Department of Agriculture in the Northern Cape.
  • Join The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City and Agri-Pulse Communications for the 2018 Ag Outlook Forum on September 27, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Visit the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City website for event registration. Early bird registration ends today, August 31st, so be sure to register now!
  • The World Food Prize Foundation announced that Matthew Rouse, a U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist, is the winner of the 2018 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation, at the Sustainable Development Goals Conference in the Netherlands.
  • Recognize, reward and develop your organization’s high achievers and future leaders by nominating them for the Agricultural Retailers Association Rising Stars Class of 2018. Nominations will be accepted through September 14.
  • College students are lining up for the chance to win more than $25,000 in scholarships while advocating for agriculture in the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 10th annual College Aggies Online (CAO) scholarship competition which kicks off September 10. Undergraduate students, graduate students and collegiate clubs can sign up at https://collegeaggies.animalagalliance.org.
  • Start making your plans for the 2018 NAFB Convention today. Join more than 650 agricultural industry leaders November 7-9 in Kansas City for three days of learning, newsmaker sessions, networking, and more. Click here for a tentative 2018 schedule.
  • Alltech’s Town Branch Distillery will soon use non-GMO corn from a familiar local source: the Nicholasville farm of Alltech co-founder Mrs. Deirdre Lyons. Alltech’s crop science division is cultivating the plants using its own organic solutions to optimize yield and ensure a healthy harvest destined for use in bourbon and rye whiskeys.
  • Culver’s has again teamed up with corn mazes designers to grow messages that celebrate agriculture while growing our guests’ appreciation for those who produce food. Since the creation of the Thank You Farmers Project in 2013, Culver’s has donated nearly $2 million to advancing agricultural education and helping guests understand why it’s so important to support those who provide food for our growing population. Learn more about this year’s mazes and the Thank You Farmers Project at http://www.culvers.com/thankyoufarmersproject.
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