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Carrie Muehling

  • The Funk Companies announced the purchase of the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network from the owners, Watermark Farm Company. Tim West, the former owner of the network and General Manager, will remain on with the company in his present role. Legendary Director of Farm Programming, Ron Hays will also remain with the company in his present role. Hays, in his 45th year of farm broadcasting, will be backed up by Associate Director of Farm Programming Carson Horn and Market Specialist Dave Lanning.
  • The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announces the formation of a line-up of agricultural experts to advise the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator as it deploys up to $2.25 million in technical assistance for agtech startup companies.
  • North Dakota Corn Growers Association President and Risk Management Action Team Chairman Randy Melvin has been named a member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Agricultural Advisory Committee.
  • At the Farm Foundation Forum on Tuesday, April 23, a panel of educators and industry leaders will discuss the innovative approaches they are taking to meeting the sector’s human capital needs, as well as further steps needed to enhance agriculture’s labor pool. The Forum, entitled Human Capital Challenges in the Food and Agriculture Sector, will originate from the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus, Ohio. A free live webcast will also be available.
  • Farm Foundation‘s Food and Agricultural Trade Resource Center has added four new papers, all of which focused on two topics that frequently are part of trade discussions-the World Trade Organization and sanitary and phytosanitary challenges.
  • The quality of corn assembled for export early in the 2018-2019 marketing year was rated at U.S. grade No. 2 or better on all grade factors, based on the U.S. Grains Council’s Corn Export Cargo Quality Report.
  • Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched two new features on farmers.gov to help customers manage their farm loans and navigate the application process for H2A visas.
  • The Southern Peanut Growers Conference will be held July 18-20 at Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort,Panama City Beach, Florida. Click here to register online.
  • New Holland Agriculture has announced that Brett Davis will assume the role of Brand Leader for North America.
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