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Industry Ag News 7/17

Carrie Muehling

  • The Agricultural Retailers Association supports reforms made to the National Environmental Policy Act announced in the final rule. ARA was part of the Unlock American Investment Coalition composed of 50 organizations in total.
  • National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Ross recognized Iowa Senator Joni Ernst with NCGA’s 2020 President’s Award. The President’s Award is given annually at NCGA’s Corn Congress meeting in Washington, D.C., to a leader who has worked to advance issues important to corn growers and agriculture.
  • Delegates attending the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Congress, which was held virtually, elected five farmers to serve on the organization’s Corn Board. Taking office on Oct. 1, the start of NCGA’s 2021 fiscal year, are new board members Jed Bower of Ohio and Brian Thalmann of Minnesota. Current board members Ken Hartman of Illinois, Brandon Hunnicutt of Nebraska, and Gary Porter of Missouri were re-elected. Four were elected to three-year terms with Thalmann elected to the two-year term left open by FY21 First Vice President-Elect Chris Edgington.
  • The National Association of Farm Broadcasting Board of Directors cordially invites you to join the 2020 Summer Agribusiness Virtual Event, slated for 1 p.m. Central, Tuesday, July 21, to be held via Zoom meeting. Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Colleen Callahan will offer live remarks, and we will share a recorded message from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. To register, click here.
  • The American Agri-Women “Champion of Agriculture” award was initiated in 2010 to recognize members of Congress who have displayed exemplary courage in presenting and supporting legislation that promotes American agriculture, rural American lifestyles, and the United States Constitution. This year’s winners include Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa and Congressman Jodey C. Arrington of Texas.
  • On the one-year anniversary of committing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations Global Compact and the Science Based Targets initiative, Alltech has released its 2020 Sustainability Report. In addition to reflecting Alltech’s vision for a Planet of PlentyTM, the submission reaffirms the company’s alignment with a growing global network of organizations around the world that are united by their mission to build a more sustainable future.
  • The coronavirus pandemic continues to overwhelm rural hospitals, upend the agricultural economy, and interrupt daily life as we know it, making it clear that family farmers and rural communities require additional support to withstand these trying times. In a letter sent to Senate leadership, National Farmers Union President Rob Larew highlighted the many difficulties the organization’s members have been enduring over the last several months and recommended policies that would help ensure both their immediate wellbeing as well as their long-term recovery.
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