- The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that two U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories have received USDA’s Excellence in BioPreferred Procurement Awards for Fiscal Year 2018 for testing and adopting biobased products within their operations. The laboratories receiving the awards are the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Lawrence, California.
- The Soil Health Partnership has tapped Dr. Maria Bowman, a notable and experienced agricultural and resource economist, for the new position of Lead Scientist. Her role will be significant, guiding the organization in building a unique and extensive U.S. database of soil health samples from working farms, analyzing them, and drawing conclusions that could impact agriculture for decades to come.
- The 2019 Commodity Classic will be held Thursday, February 28 through Saturday, March 2 in Orlando, Fla. Registration and housing for the 2019 Commodity Classic is now open. To register, reserve hotel rooms and sign up for email updates, visit CommodityClassic.com. Early bird discounts on registration end January 10, 2019.
- The Charlie Daniels Band will provide the Evening of Entertainment at the 2019 Commodity Classic. The band will perform Saturday night to close the three-day event which attracts thousands of America’s top farmers and agricultural advocates.
- Swanson Russell recently promoted four people in its Lincoln and Omaha offices: Shelton Crouch, Courtney Geyer, Morgan Nebbia and Katie Scherer.
- Farmers across the U.S. are harvesting the highest ever overall yields for Pioneer brand corn hybrids, despite variable and unexpected weather conditions through the 2018 season. Multiple products delivered double-digit yield advantages over the competition due to a strengthened testing and screening process as well as continued investments in research.
- Make plans to attend the 43rd annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia. The one-day show is free and open to all farmers and industry representatives to attend.
- Several members of the Brownfield Ag News team were honored during the 75th Annual National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention held in Kansas City, Missouri November 7–9, 2018. Brownfield farm broadcasters did well in the NAFB program competition, including Video Feature Award First Place: Shannon Yokley; Newscast Second Place: Ken Anderson; and Newscast Third Place: Tom Steever. Shannon Yokley was elected to the NAFB Board of Directors as Director for the Southern Region.