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Carrie Muehling

  • The Minnesota Industrial Hemp Association (MIHA), a non-profit trade association based in Shakopee, MN, has been formed to ensure that opportunities for Cannabidiol (CBD) and other products derived from industrial hemp continue to grow and be readily available for consumers.
  • AgTech Nexus USA, NewLeaf Symbiotics and Joyn Bio announced a long-term partnership valued at up to $75M to bring innovation and sustainability to modern agriculture with a new class of microbes that benefit crop health and protection.
  • The Manure Challenge, organized by Yield Lab Institute with guidance from the World Wildlife Fund, Newtrient, and the Dairy Farmers of America, brings together the expertise of many eminent public, for profit, and non-for-profit leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds to support interest and investment in the manure management sector. The following organizations have joined the effort as sponsors: Cargill, The Maschhoffs, and WeWork FoodLabs.
  • Sipcam Agro USA announced that it has named John Gertz to lead its North American business as Chief Executive Officer, reporting to the board of directors and the Company’s Global Chief Executive Officer, Giovanni Affaba.
  • American Agri-Women proudly presented the 2019 Champion of Agriculture Award to Congresswoman Cheri Bustos of Illinois and Congressman David Rouzer of North Carolina during its annual Fly-In in Washington, D.C. in June.
  • The National Pork Board named Jerry Flint as vice president of engagement and outreach effective August 1, 2019.
  • As part of its longstanding partnership with the National Press Foundation, Bayer announced its sponsorship of two educational programs focused on agriculture and cardiovascular disease. Each training will take place over a course of three to four days and provide journalists the educational tools and resources needed for these critical topics.
  • The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has awarded nearly $9,000 in mini-grants to 10 communities across the nation through the White-Reinhardt Fund for Education program. The grants are used to create new agricultural literacy projects or expand existing efforts; the Foundation strives to help learners of all ages understand agriculture and the important role it plays in their daily lives.
  • Costco’s Craig Wilson is the new president of The Center for Food Integrity Board of Directors.
  • To more effectively meet the growing needs of family farmers and ranchers, National Farmers Union Foundation has refocused its general farm education programs around the Farm and Ranch Business Health Assessment and a new Farm Business Toolbox.
  • National Crop Insurance Services has launched a new website at CropInsurance101.org that aims to be an easily-accessible resource where visitors can learn more about the history of crop insurance, download fact sheets, or find a glossary of common terms.
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