Field Notes from Koch Agronomic Services

Industry Ag News 7/10

Carrie Muehling

  • Internationally recognized experts in consumer insights and the food industry will reveal the latest research on consumer trends, the current environment in food and agriculture and what the future holds during a free fundraiser webcast to help those experiencing hardship. “CFI NOW: COVID-19 Pivot from Panic to Progress,” a three-part webinar, Tues., July 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT, is hosted by The Center for Food Integrity (CFI) and will benefit the Feeding America COVID-19 Relief Fund and the National Restaurant Association Employee Relief Fund. Registrants can attend one, two or all three sessions.
  • With major ag fairs cancelled, the “AgTalks” series of Virtual Town Halls will provide a new forum for farmers, ag businesses, and policy leaders to discuss solutions to challenges on trade, supply chains and global competitiveness. The Summer 2020 series will be held in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Visit the AgTalks website for more information.
  • The 2020 Alabama Peanut Referendum vote is set for Thursday, July 23, 2020. All farmers who produced peanuts in 2017, 2018 and 2019 are eligible to vote. Voting hours are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Polling locations can be found at or by calling the Alabama Peanut Producers Association office at 334-792-6482.
  • The Anheuser-Busch Foundation announced it is committing $530,000 to support model farms at four land grant universities around the country, with a primary focus on enhancing environmental sustainability. University of Idaho, North Dakota State University, Montana State University and University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will all receive funding for research that focuses on expanding innovative, sustainable agricultural practices.
  • Mod Op, a full service marketing and communications agency with offices across the U.S. and an office in Latin America, has acquired Kansas City-based integrated marketing communications firm Sage Communications.
  • The most recent Ag Census showed a 27% increase in the number of women managing or operating farms and ranches. Coupled with this, more women than ever are involved in other agricultural careers or studying agriculture in post-secondary institutions. As the number of women involved in agriculture increases Annie’s Project is taking a closer look at agricultural women’s involvement with its new survey, the Agriculture Women’s Community & Leadership Survey.
  • The American Soybean Association (ASA) will celebrate a century of soybean advocacy this summer with a return to the site where it all began. On Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., ASA, with special support from the Indiana Soybean Alliance, will host a 100th anniversary celebration and historical marker dedication at its birthplace on Fouts Soyland Farm in Camden, Ind. The event is free of charge; however, attendance is capped at 180, so those interested must register. Click here for registration and hotel information. For those who cannot make it in person, the event will also be livestreamed.
  • The World Food Prize Foundation announced the selection of 17 students for its prestigious George Washington Carver Internship program.
  • The 18th annual North American Ag & Food HR Roundtable is going virtual on August 5, 2020.
  • The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) is seeking a new executive director to lead the nonprofit, which educates farmers about organic and sustainable production. The current head of the organization, Lauren Langworthy, has accepted another role outside the organization and is leaving at the end of the summer.
  • The board of directors for AgReliant Genetics, an industry-leading agricultural company dedicated to the research, production and sale of corn, soybeans and other seeds across North America, has named Paul Nselel as chief executive officer and president, effective immediately.
  • Agri-Pulse is pleased to announce the promotion of Jason Lutz to sales and marketing manager for the company.
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