Industry Ag News 12/29

Carrie Muehling

  • The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services hosted a virtual event to announce the release of Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025. The latest edition of the guidelines was built upon Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015-2020, with updates grounded in the scientific reviews of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, along with comments received from the public and input from federal agencies.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that President Trump has named Dr. Carrie Castille as the new, permanent director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Dr. Castille will start her new role on Monday, January 4, 2021.
  • The American Farm Bureau Federation recently appointed farmer and rancher members to the organization’s Promotion & Education and Young Farmers & Ranchers committees. National committee members are nominated by their respective state Farm Bureaus. Learn more online: Promotion & Education and Young Farmers & Ranchers.
  • Meristem Crop Performance Group, LLC and Ag To Go, LLC announce a new strategic supply agreement to serve farmers in eastern states. Under the new relationship, the Meristem Crop Performance product line becomes a key component of Ag To Go’s new crop input offering and Ag To Go becomes Meristem’s ally in helping farmers all along the Atlantic Seaboard from Maine to Florida make the most of every dollar they spend on crop inputs.
  • During the Sorghum Checkoff’s annual meeting—held virtually to adhere with COVID-19 guidelines proposed by the Center for Disease Control—five board directors were reappointed or sworn in on the checkoff’s board. After being appointed by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, these directors will serve three-year terms starting December 2020 and commencing December 2023.
  • As opportunities for producers to connect with each other and the companies that serve their operations have become more difficult, an impressive and growing list of sponsors is showing support for the 2021 Top Producer Summit, which is being offered in both in-person and online formats in February. Leading companies including BASF, Beck’s, CASE IH, Fendt, Indigo Ag, Pioneer and Pivot Bio are taking a leadership role by supporting the event.
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