2021 Ag Media Summit

Industry Ag News 10/30

Carrie Muehling

  • Commodity Classic has announced it will transition its annual conference and trade show, originally scheduled for March 4-6, 2021, in San Antonio, Texas, to an alternative digital format. The change was necessary due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new format is expected to be offered the first week in March 2021.
  • Camso is actively working to drive farming forward, offering a new level of roading performance for Trailed Track Systems used on farm implements, such as planters, fertilizer carts, sprayers, and harvest carts. Designed to meet the challenges that today’s farmers face, 5 new models in the TTS 35, 40, and 45 series were introduced in early 2020 that allow farmers to travel up to 20 mph, that’s 30% faster than previous models, for up to two continuous hours. In 2021, Camso’s larger TTS models will also include 30% higher roading speed and extended duration capabilities for the 70, 80, 100, and 110 series.
  • Ground was broken in Crookston, MN for the long-awaited Ag Innovation Campus’s 67,000-square-foot soybean crush facility. The project is supported by Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA).
  • The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City’s November 12 webinar will look at the results of the November 3 election and the implications for agribusiness. The panel will feature veteran farm policy reporter and analyst Sara Wyant who is editor-in-chief of Agri-Pulse Communications. She will be joined by Blake Hurst, president, Missouri Farm Bureau Federation and Ron Seeber, president and CEO, Kansas Grain and Feed Association and Kansas Ag Retailers Association. The panelists will share their views on the Federal elections and key state-wide races and how those results may translate into policy directions affecting agribusiness.
  • Students from Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois and Missouri were elected by National FFA Delegates to serve as 2020-21 National FFA Officers.
  • CNH Industrial actively engages with start-ups around the world in an effort to identify new and innovative solutions. One of its ag machinery brands, Case IH, is currently working in Australia with an emerging company focused on solving the issue of poor network coverage on farms by developing technology that enables power-efficient broadband connectivity across vast distances. The partnership between Zetifi and Case IH Australia/New Zealand has resulted in a series of trials of a portable Wi-Fi repeater fitted to a tractor, that effectively creates a ‘bubble of connectivity’ around it, enabling a machine’s telematics, remote support and data transfer capabilities, along with Wi-Fi calling, messaging, email and internet access for the machine’s operator.
  • Jacquelyn Howard, vice president of food supply chain sourcing for The Starbucks Coffee Company, is the newest addition to The Center for Food Integrity board of directors. Howard joins the 22-member board, which represents the full diversity of today’s food and agriculture industries and brings unique perspectives to CFI’s mission of earning trust in today’s food system.
  • Green Point Research completed the largest hemp harvest in the State of Florida in over 80 years. The multi-day, 110-acre harvest in North Florida reaped over 500,000 hemp plants and is part of a broader 150-acre fall hemp harvest for the company.
  • Farm Foundation and USDA’s Economic Research Service announce the confirmed speakers for the opening keynote panel at the upcoming Emerging Research on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Conference. The keynote, “USDA’s Vision for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers,” will take place at 9:00 a.m. CT on the first day of the conference, November 9, 2020.
  • The first ever commercial shipment of U.S.-grown rice was recently unloaded in China, following more than a decade of regulatory and political effort by USA Rice to establish a two-way trading relationship with the nation. The premium, medium grain Calrose rice was grown in California and sold by ADM Rice, Inc. to a private importer under the ‘Sungiven’ brand for retail distribution.
  • To help shoppers plan ahead and find a location that fits their shopping preferences, the Christmas Tree Promotion Board is debuting a new zip code-based retailer locator at ItsChristmasKeepitReal.com. An interactive map and search filters allow users to narrow the field by location and retail type, including choose and cut farms, seasonal lots, garden centers, general retailers, and home improvement stores.
  • AgCareers.com, in partnership with CareersinFood.com, is proud to announce the launch of the national Feed Your Future campaign. Maintaining a strong supply chain is more important than ever during COVID-19, and careers in the agri-food industry are essential.
  • United Fresh Produce Association is launching the United re- Fresh Experience, a monthly series of events in January 2021 to re-Fresh your business, re-Fresh your company, and re-Fresh your life.
Zimfo Bytes