Industry Ag News 12/18

Carrie Muehling

  • Kentucky Venues announced the 56th annual National Farm Machinery Show and 53rd annual Championship Tractor Pull would shift the scheduled 2021 dates from February to March 31-April 3.
  • KEY Apparel, NY Farm Girls, and American Agri-Women have joined together to bring awareness to the ‘Face of a Female Farmer’. KEY apparel will donate $4 to AAW for every #FaceofaFemaleFarmer item sold. By using #FaceofaFemaleFarmer, you will access all their stories and photographs.
  • Doug Catt, vice president, crops division for Farm Journal, announced his pending retirement from the company. A long-time and valued member of the Farm Journal sales and publishing teams, Catt will continue to work into the new year, retiring Feb. 28, 2021.
  • The 2021 Kansas Soybean Expo, which was scheduled for Jan. 6, is cancelled. The Kansas Soybean Association Expo committee has been closely monitoring event guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic and decided to cancel the event in the best interest of attendees.
  • In advancing its mission to fight global climate threats, Heliae announced the addition of two more global leaders to its growing team. Each brings the expertise and commitment necessary to help the organization create sustainable impact. Barbara Freund joins as Chief Financial Officer bringing more than 30 years of extensive financial and leadership experience. Heliae gains a seasoned Human Resources Director with Stephanie Schwartz.
  • U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Chief Economist, Robert Johansson, will be leaving USDA to become Associate Director of Economics and Policy Analysis for the American Sugar Alliance at the end of January. Additionally, the Secretary announced Dr. Seth Meyer will return to USDA to be the new Chief Economist.
  • Nominate a deserving individual for the Livestock Publications Council Hall of Fame or Headliner Award before January 11, 2021. Applications for the Don Norton Professional Development Scholarship are also being accepted. If you are interested in attaining some professional development in 2021 and could benefit from financial assistance, apply today! Up to three $1000 scholarships will be given for utilization during the 2021 year.
  • Truterra, LLC, the sustainability business at Land O’Lakes, Inc., has announced a new collaboration with Cotton Incorporated, a not-for-profit research and marketing company representing Upland cotton, to advance the adoption of sustainable farming practices across 50,000 acres of cotton in the Mid-South sourcing region. The new initiative will tap the Truterra™ Stewardship platform and Truterra™ retailer member GreenPoint Ag to help connect consumer brands to verified sources of more sustainable cotton in their supply chains.
  • Syngenta Seeds and the Analytics Society of INFORMS have announced the prize committee for the 2021 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics, a competition in which students and professionals in the fields of statistics, data analytics and mathematics develop data-driven models to address some of the most pressing issues in agriculture.
  • The Packer’s Global Organic Produce Expo has been reinvented for 2021, offering organic fresh produce buyers and suppliers two chances to engage in this increasingly important segment of the industry. GOPEX will maintain its late-January presence with an online event, GOPEX Home. A second, in-person event, GOPEX Go, will be held in August 2021, with dates and location to be announced soon.
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