Precision Ag News 10/7

Carrie Muehling

  • Syngenta Group announces the acquisition of Valagro, a leading Biologicals company, by its business unit Syngenta Crop Protection. The investment positions Syngenta Crop Protection as one of the key global companies poised to shape the rapidly growing Biologicals market, which is set to nearly double in size over the next five years. Valagro will continue to operate as an independent brand in the market within the Syngenta Crop Protection business.
  • With funding from the Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council (NREC), researchers from the University of Illinois have launched the new Cover Crop Analyzer. The new support tool is designed to help Illinois farmers manage cover crops in their fields. The tool can be access here:
  • AGI SureTrack has released another hardware offering for the connected farm. Available only through the AGI SureTrack platform, the AGI FieldLab grain analyzer delivers grain content data, enabling more robust marketing options for grain producers and better supply chain management for grain buyers when sourcing based on protein, starch, and oil content. The new AGI FieldLab grain analyzer supports increased productivity and profitability for both grain producers and grain buyers.
  • An interdisciplinary University of Nebraska team led by the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, has received a three-year, one million dollar grant from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to advance access and education around smallholder farmer irrigation in Africa.
  • During the CropLife America 2020 Annual Meeting, the Industry Task Force II on 2,4-D Research Data’s own Jim Gray was honored with receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, in memoriam. This award recognizes someone who has dedicated their life to successfully defending the pesticide industry with passion and professionalism.
  • Heliae Development, LLC announced the addition of B. Pratyusha Chennupati as Regulatory Affairs Manager. The expansion of the company’s regulatory affairs team reflects Heliae’s commitment to grow its sustainable impact worldwide by delivering solutions that make a difference to global caretakers now and in the future.
  • Heliae® Agriculture is pleased to announce the addition of Julia Engler and Porter Phelps as Regional Sales Managers to oversee two new U.S. territories. In their new roles, Engler and Phelps will work closely with distributors and retail partners in their regions to strategically implement the PhycoTerra® product line into recommended grower applications.
  • Raven Industries, Inc. announced it is making key leadership changes as part of the Company’s continued strategy to drive greater growth and to further position the Company for long-term success. Steven Brazones, current Chief Financial Officer, will become Vice President for Applied Technology. Brian Meyer, current Vice President of Applied Technology, will become Vice President for Engineered Films.
  • The 5th Annual Meeting Report features an executive summary of the Soil Health Institute‘s recent meeting; video links and text descriptions for all plenary and keynote presentations; and poster session abstracts with authors. All videos are posted to SHI’s YouTube Channel.
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