How @BASFAgProducts Helps Farmers #GrowSmart

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The BASF Ag Products “Grow Smart” strategy is able to help farmers all over the country. At a field day last week in Tennessee, BASF Technical Marketing Manager Caren Schmidt talked about the high yield Grow Smart small plot replicated trial programs. “We’re in the second year in a corn-soybean rotation program in 15 locations from North Dakota to Mississippi …

Audio, BASF, Corn, Crop Protection, Farming

Friend of @GROWMARK Honored

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Dr. Robert A. Easter, University of Illinois President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus, was honored with the “Friend of GROWMARK” award at the GROWMARK annual meeting in Chicago today. Dr. Easter assumed the presidency of the University of Illinois July 2012. He spent his entire 40-year career as a senior administrator and faculty member on the Urbana-Champaign campus, where he earned …

Cooperatives, FS System, GROWMARK, University

GROWMARK Reports Estimated Year-End Financials

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At the GROWMARK annual meeting in Chicago today, CEO Jim Spradlin reported the estimated year-end financial results for the cooperative to stakeholders in attendance. For fiscal year 2015, the unaudited, estimated sales for GROWMARK are reported to be $8.8 billion with pretax income is estimated at $140 million. An estimated $61 million in patronage refunds will be returned to GROWMARK …

Cooperatives, FS System, GROWMARK

Champion Corn Grower at @BASFAgProducts Event

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He’s only been farming for less than ten years, but already Randy Dowdy of Valdosta, Georgia has made quite a name for himself by making history last year with a yield of nearly 504 bushels per acre in the National Corn Yield Contest. During a BASF media event in Tennessee this week, Dowdy talked about his philosophy when it comes …

Audio, BASF, Corn, Farming, Soybean, Video

Farm Broadcaster Wins Ethanol Media Award

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Tom Riter of WNAX in Yankton, SD was awarded this year’s American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Excellence in Media award at last week’s annual meeting in Omaha. Riter is pictured here receiving the award from ACE Director of Communications Chuck Beck. Riter is a veteran farm broadcaster and a native of Rock Rapids, Iowa. He is a regular contributor to …

ACE, Ethanol, Media, NAFB

Judge Blocks WOTUS

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The day before the controversial rule formally known as the Waters of the US (WOTUS) was to be implemented, a federal judge in North Dakota has blocked it from taking effect. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction against implementation of the Clean Water regulation, saying a group of 13 states was likely …

EPA, Government, Water

Clinton Unveils Ag Plan, Gets Vilsack Support

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With a John Deere tractor as a backdrop, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton went where no candidate has gone yet – into a detailed discussion on agricultural issues. Introduced by former Iowa governor and current Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Clinton discussed her plan to support rural America and agriculture during a visit to Ankeny, Iowa Wednesday. Clinton’s plan includes …

Audio, Government, politics

Farm Income Forecast Lower

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Farm sector profitability is forecast to decline for the second straight year, according to the latest report from USDA. Net cash income is forecast at $100.3 billion, down about 21 percent from 2014 levels. Lower crop and livestock receipts are the main drivers of the change in 2015 net cash farm income from 2014, while cash production expenses are projected …

Farming, USDA

BIVI Seminar Highlights FAD Preparedness

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Pork industry preparedness for FAD was the first topic on the schedule at the Boehringer Ingelheim North Carolina swine seminar this year – and no, FAD does not mean the latest social trend. “FADs are foreign animal diseases,” said Dr. Lisa Becton with the National Pork Board. “Those are diseases that currently don’t exist in the United States and diseases …

Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pork, Swine