Industry Ag News 10/2

Carrie Muehling

  • This week, the National FFA Organization shared with colleagues and stakeholders the new Agricultural Education for All roadmap, which outlines the strategies the organization is taking to support inclusion, diversity and equity. FFA is taking steps to ensure the organization is a bully-free zone that reflects society’s demographics in membership, leadership and staff, and celebrates individuality.
  • The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative formally requested that the U.S. International Trade Commission initiate a Section 201 global safeguard investigation regarding imports of blueberries into the United States. The American Blueberry Growers Alliance applauds USTR’s request and expects that the investigation will result in a remedy that allows the domestic industry to recover from the harmful effects of surging blueberry imports.
  • Barn Media and J.L. Farmakis, Inc. have entered into a partnership for J.L. Farmakis, Inc. to become Barn Media’s national sales partner.
  • The next Farm Foundation Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 13 will examine the farm policies and positions from the campaigns of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, including agricultural trade, environmental policy, land management and other issues. Register here.
  • The National Cotton Council will conduct the 2021 Beltwide Cotton Conferences virtually on January 5-7 (Tuesday-Thursday) due to continued concerns regarding COVID-19’s spread.
  • U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that more than 100 million food boxes have been distributed in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Earlier this month, the Department announced it had entered into contracts with 50 entities for the third round of food box deliveries, which include contracts to purchase up to $1 billion authorized by President Donald J. Trump.
  • Register your company today for the first Ag Media Summit Virtual Career Fair on October 16, hosted by LPC and AAEA. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with current ag communications students, grad students, and young professionals and find your next intern or full-time employee.
  • The combination of crops, livestock and aquaculture products lost as a result of Hurricane Sally will likely be valued between $55 million and $100 million, University of Florida economists predict. The estimate was released as part of a new document, “Preliminary Assessment of Agricultural Losses and Damages resulting from Hurricane Sally,” from the UF/IFAS Economic Impact Analysis Program.
  • The Best of NAMA Call for Entries is live on the web now. View all the rules online and print out a PDF of the Call for Entries. The deadline is October 23. You must be a NAMA member to enter.
  • MGEX announced the results of its annual Board of Directors election, held on October 1, 2020. Re-elected to the Board were Christopher T. Matzdorf and Kerry L. Melius. Both were elected to serve two-year terms.
  • The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City looks forward to welcoming Ryan LeGrand, President & CEO, U.S. Grains Council to the Council’s October webinar meeting. As corn exports are off to a strong start, Ryan will share the latest with regards to China as well as exports to Mexico, and what he sees as the challenges and opportunities looking ahead.
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