Field Notes from Koch Agronomic Services

Industry Ag News 3/12

Carrie Muehling

  • Brownfield Ag News is pleased to announce Kellan Heavican has joined the Brownfield team as Anchor/Reporter. He is based in Nebraska.
  • Dr. Barb Glenn, CEO of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, announced that she will retire from her position this fall. Serving as a champion for state agriculture departments over the last seven years, Glenn has marshaled NASDA as the unified voice for agriculture, but her profound influence on the industry stretches over her entire 40-year career.
  • To celebrate National Peanut Month, Georgia’s 4,500 peanut farmers are donating 10,080 jars of peanut butter to DC Central Kitchen. The donation is made possible by the Georgia Peanut Commission through Peanut Proud, which is the peanut industry’s humanitarian relief organization. Georgia based truckload carrier, SouthernAG Carriers, graciously donated their truck carrier service to deliver the peanut butter.
  • Farm broadcaster George Gatley passed away Feb. 24, 2021. Gatley joined the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) at KGNO Radio in 1974 and immediately became active in the association, serving as West Region Vice President in 1978 and Chats editor from 1982-83. He hosted multiple regional meetings, served as a convention photographer starting in the 1980s, and was named the 1993 West Region Farm Broadcaster of the Year.
  • Sydney Hefty of Auburn, Indiana, is the recipient of the 2021-22 Soy Scholarship award, sponsored by BASF and the American Soybean Association (ASA).
  • The Steve and Laurie Henry family, including sons Scott and Eric, are the 2021 winners of Farm Journal’s annual Top Producer of the Year award. Their operation, LongView Farms, is based in Nevada, Iowa, and includes 10,000 acres of corn and soybeans as well as hog and cattle enterprises. Matt Splitter, owner of Splitter Farms in Lyons, Kan., is the 2021 Tomorrow’s Top Producer Horizon award winner. Jennie Schmidt of Schmidt Farms in Sudlersville, Md., is the 2021 EWA Trailblazer award winner. Learn more about Top Producer Summit at
  • You’re invited to the National Ag Day Virtual Celebration on March 23 at 8:30 a.m. (CST). Sign up for this FREE event and join us in recognizing the hard work and contributions of America’s agriculture.
  • J. Frank McGill passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Mr. Frank, or Mr. Peanut as many called him, was dedicated to advocating for Georgia’s peanut industry. His career began as a county agent for the University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension Service. From there, he became the very first Peanut Extension Specialist, working at the Coastal Plains Experiment Station, here in Tifton, Georgia. For nearly 30 years, he worked closely with other scientists to establish the “Peanut Team” to help Georgia’s peanut producers nearly quadruple their yields per acre. After his retirement, he continued advocating for peanuts grown in Georgia and across the U.S. He was honored as the first inductee into the Georgia Peanut Hall of Fame at the Georgia Peanut Commission in 1982.
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