Zimfo Bytes 8/23

Carrie Muehling

  • Elanco Animal Health Incorporated announced it has entered into an agreement with Bayer AG to acquire its animal health business in a transaction valued at US$7.6 billion.
  • Building on over a century of agricultural education, National Farmers Union announced its ninth Beginning Farmer Institute cohort. Thirteen beginning farmers and ranchers from across the United States will take part in the education program, which promotes the success of the next generation of agricultural professionals by providing mentorship, technical training, and leadership development.
  • As the truck that is “Built to Serve,” Ram’s dedication to help serve and support farm families across the nation continues to grow. Ram kicks off the second annual “Ram Ag Season” with a new spot “Done Right,” which celebrates the selfless commitment to hard work that our nation’s farmers make each and every single day.
  • New Holland will launch The Great New Holland Haytools Giveaway in partnership with Farm Journal at Farm Progress Show. The contest opens on August 27, 2019. This momentous promotion will highlight New Holland’s 125-year anniversary coming up in 2020. With prizes valued at more than $400,000 USD and featuring five cutting-edge haytools, this will be one of the biggest haytools giveaways ever.
  • Save the Date: Commodity Classic returns to San Antonio Feb. 27-29, 2020. Plan today to attend Commodity Classic — America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural & educational experience.
  • More than 400 international experts and organizational leaders convened in Lincoln, Nebraska, April 29-30, to discuss “Water for a Hungry World: Innovation in Water and Food Security,” focusing on the next generation of research, smart technology, policy development and best practices that are achieving breakthroughs in this vitally important mission. Learn more by reading the Conference Proceedings or viewing conference sessions on the Water for Food YouTube Channel.
  • The World Food Prize announced that the application process for the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship program has opened and Ellen Franzenburg has been named the new director of this prestigious program. Click here to view the online application and requirements.
  • The annual SoyStats report has long been the definitive guide to soybeans by the numbers. But now, those seekers of soy knowledge can find these figures not only in the yearly hard copy booklet and online at soystats.com and the ASA website soygrowers.com, but also in a handy new app. Access your app store and look for “SoyStats” to find the aforementioned information, along with biodiesel reports, export and international movement, historical data, and much more. The app, sponsored by Illinois Soybean Association, is downloadable now for both Apple and Android devices.
  • AgriThority® has completed the reorganization of its leadership team with the addition of Gloverson Moro, Ph.D., as Director of Global Product Development, Luke Samuel, Ph.D., as Manager of Business and Technology, and the promotion of Fred Tennant to Director of Global Business.
  • 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. 4, 2019, in Tifton, Georgia.
  • Issues continue to surface at the federal, state and local level of government that require attention by the emerging industrial hemp sector, according to the Minnesota Industrial Hemp Association. One salient issue which is in need of regulatory action is the use of pesticides for hemp, which falls under the purview of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It now appears as though the first incremental steps on this front have taken place with the announcement by EPA that the agency has received 10 pesticide applications to expand their use on hemp.
  • A federal court says the 2015 Waters of the United States rule is unlawful under the Clean Water Act because of its “vast expansion of jurisdiction over waters and land traditionally within the states’ regulatory authority.” The court for the Southern District of Georgia found the agency overstepped not just the CWA, but also the Administrative Procedure Act, which lays out the most basic rules governing how agencies may propose and establish federal regulations. The Georgia court kept in place a preliminary injunction preventing the rule from becoming effective in the 11 states involved with the lawsuit while the Environmental Protection Agency finalizes its own repeal and replacement of the 2015 rule. The ruling was a victory not just for the plaintiff states, but a broad coalition of more than a dozen private sector groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation.
  • Kubota Tractor Corporation announced the completion and grand opening of two, one million square-foot, state-of-the-art logistics facilities for its North American Distribution Center on 200 acres in Edgerton, Kansas. The new campus is Kubota’s largest parts and supply chain campus in the North America and will significantly increase distribution capacity and streamline the company’s logistics processes for the timely delivery of Kubota-branded service parts and equipment throughout North America, Asia and Europe.
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