Industry Ag News 5/22

Carrie Muehling

  • The National FFA Organization has developed the FFA COVID-19 Chapter Assistance Program to help chapters in these uncertain times. Cargill, a 60-year partner of FFA, announced today that they will contribute $500,000 to the program to assist chapters. This contribution is part of Cargill’s $35 million commitment to COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts and specifically to Cargill’s North America Protein support for partners focusing on agriculture communities, farmers and ranchers.
  • Michael Torrey Associates welcomed Cassandra Kuball and Perry Harlow to its team this week. The Washington, D.C. based firm offers effective government relations, strategic communications and issue advocacy as well as full-service association management to a growing number of clients in the food, agriculture, and forestry sector.
  • U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12), the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Illinois, the Illinois Farm Bureau, and the Illinois AgrAbility announced a partnership to provide job opportunities for Illinois veterans. Farm Corps will pair furloughed or unemployed veterans with agricultural producers who have an immediate need for on-the-farm labor.
  • The confluence of available corn-based feedstocks and consumer demand represents an opportunity for stakeholders in the sustainable biomaterials industry and will help drive demand for corn. The National Corn Growers Association is working to establish new uses of corn and demonstrating corn as the clear feedstock of choice.
  • American Vanguard® Corporation and AMVAC®, an American Vanguard company, welcome Glen Donald as the director of portfolio management and business development. Glen will be replacing Neil DeStefano who is retiring.
  • UnitedAg has partnered with Spring Health to offer high-touch, comprehensive, and multilingual behavioral health services to our membership. UnitedAg recognizes the financial burdens individuals and companies are currently facing and is providing this additional benefit at zero cost to our employers and plan participants.
  • Cotton Council International announces that it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and will use the group’s sustainability measurement suite of tools, the Higg Index, to drive environmental and social responsibility throughout its supply chain.
  • COVID-19 continues to change the way people around the world live, work, and play. In the midst of the pandemic, volunteers and staff at the International Agri-Center® are planning for the 2021 edition of World Ag Expo® to continue to serve agricultural exhibitors and attendees.
  • Beck Ag, Inc. announced the appointment of Jeff Taber as the company’s new Vice President of Commercial Execution. The announcement came from Beck Ag CEO Richard Bettison and was effective May 1.
  • Trader PhD is excited to welcome Delaney Howell to the team. Howell will join the team as Director of Marketing and Media Engagement to accelerate the amount of knowledge and information that is delivered to Trader PhD’s farmer/rancher subscribers.
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