Zimfo Bytes 6/28

Carrie Muehling

  • Commodity Classic returns to San Antonio February 27-29, with the theme of “See Your Future Clearly.” Click here for the tentative schedule.
  • Pioneer announced three FFA chapters have been chosen as finalists in the Pioneer® brand A-Series Soybeans Big A Challenge. Each winning chapter will receive a cash prize and will have their decorated statues prominently displayed at the 2019 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois. Judges selected the Mount Ayr FFA (Mount Ayr, Iowa), North Tama FFA (Traer, Iowa) and Wayne FFA (Corydon, Iowa) chapters as the top three finalists from 15 participating FFA chapters in Iowa and Illinois.
  • West Central Distribution debuts the all new Leaders in Farming Technology (LIFT) initiative, a partnership with Corteva Agriscience, Nufarm, Valent U.S.A. and Vive Crop Protection. This initiative aims to increase crop yields by incorporating the newest farming technology, including adjuvants, seed treatments, crop nutrition programs and crop protection.
  • Top-notch speaker insights and networking opportunities will again be part of the Invitational Golf Tournament at the 2019 ARA Conference & Expo in New Orleans on Dec. 3-5. Register before the early bird rate expires Oct. 15 and join the leaders in ag retail in “The Big Easy.”
  • The Agricultural Retailers Association hired Andrea Mowers to the role of manager of communications and member engagement. Mowers comes to ARA from the Lean Construction Institute.
  • The American Soybean Association wants to recognize exceptional soy volunteers and leaders. During ASA’s annual awards banquet, individuals will be recognized and honored for state association volunteerism, distinguished leadership achievements and long-term, significant contributions to the soybean industry. The nomination period is open through Oct. 14, 2019.
  • The American Farm Bureau Federation recognized 15 farm and ranch women leaders as graduates of the organization’s Women’s Communications Boot Camp summer session. The intensive four-day course completed by the agricultural leaders comprised hands-on sessions related to public speaking, working with the media and messaging.
  • Communications veteran Terri Moore will join the American Farm Bureau Federation July 8 as vice president to lead all aspects of the organization’s communications efforts.
  • Swanson Russell recently promoted seven people in its Lincoln and Omaha offices: Jaylyn Armstrong, Brooke Behrendt, Liz Dorland, Meghann Kennedy, Kimberly Merk, Morgan Nebbia and Ryan Stoner.
  • Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. has received a notice of allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for key claims covering the composition and method of manufacturing for Grandevo WDG, an MBI developed microbial-based bioinsecticide.
  • The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce that Mole•Master Services Corp. has recently joined the organization. Based in Marietta, Ohio, Mole•Master Services Corp. is a worldwide leader in industrial vessel cleaning services and equipment sales and rental. It specializes in silo/bin/bunker cleaning, pipe cleaning, CO2 blasting, fire suppression, hydro blasting, vacuum services, media/ice blasting, and structural inspections, offering turnkey services using highly-qualified OSHA/MSHA trained technicians.
  • The World Food Prize Foundation seeks well-qualified candidates for the position of President. Earlier this year, Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn announced that he will retire as President of the World Food Prize Foundation in January 2020.
  • Cotton consultants spend long hours in the field in an effort to make their farmer clients more profitable. If you would like your consultant to be recognized, nominate him or her for the prestigious 2019 Cotton Consultant of the Year award. Click here to access the 2019 nomination form. The deadline for nominations is July 31. This annual award is co-sponsored by Syngenta and Cotton Farming magazine and offers an opportunity to recognize a consultant who has made great contributions to the cotton industry through outstanding customer relations, leadership and innovation.
  • Nicholas Carrico of Butte Valley, California, won a Polaris Ranger® 570 in the Bayer Velum® One Nematode Ranger Sweepstakes. Growers, pest control advisors and consultants could enter the Velum One Sweepstakes between December 2018 and February 2019.
  • FLM Harvest has awarded its Seed to Succeed partnership to Project EverGreen and Grow North Minnesota. The recipients will receive a total of up to $75,000 in pro bono services from the agency.
  • This year, Rhea + Kaiser (R+K) and Marketing to Farmers are delighted to be participants in AgTech Nexus USA. On Tuesday, July 23, R+K’s President and Chief Integration Officer Jeff Walter will be moderating the Innovation Spotlight: Fostering the Next Generation of AgTech Entrepreneurs.
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