#USDA Celebrates Bob Stallman Appreciation Day

Joanna Schroeder

This month marks the last for Bob Stallman, a 16 year veteran at the helm of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). Stallman will be passing the torch during the upcoming 2016 AFBF Annual Convention& IDEAg Trade Show taking place in Orlando, Florida January 8-13, 2016. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) honored Stallman’s efforts today with a brief ceremony …

AFBF, Agribusiness, Award

MGEX Boasts Record Year

Joanna Schroeder

MGEX has concluded its best year with new annual highs in both total volume and electronic volume. Total volume finished the year with 2,315,186 contracts traded, surpassing the previous record set in 2014 by six percent. During the year, MGEX reported five separate months of volume greater than 200,000, doing so for the first time in Exchange history. Of the …

Markets, MGEX

Merry Christmas from AgWired!

Joanna Schroeder

The AgWired team is thankful to all of you for tuning in through a busy 2015 as we worked to provide the latest agriculture news. We’ll be bringing you some new stories throughout the end of the year and resume full coverage on January 2, 2016. We’ll be onsite all over the country next year and look forward to seeing …


Why Agribusinesses Should Have a Crisis Plan

Joanna Schroeder

A recent ZimmComm poll asked the question, Does your agribusiness/operation have a crisis communications plan?” and I was surprised and honestly a bit disturbed as a former public relations person, that so many respondents didn’t believe a crisis communications plan was necessary. And this in light of the rise in undercover videos, avian flu outbreaks, meatless Mondays, (cow farts causing) …

Agribusiness, Audio, Communications

#Ag Industry Reacts to @EPA #RFS Final Rules

Joanna Schroeder

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the much anticipated final volumetric rules today under the Renewable Fuels Standard for 2014, 2015 and 2016. While the RVOs (renewable volume obligations) were an improvement over the proposed rules released in May of this year, the #Ag industry is calling on the EPA to further strengthen the legislation and further increase all four …

AFBF, Agribusiness, ASA, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Ethanol, NCGA, NFU, USDA

Book Review: Red Combines

Joanna Schroeder

It’s Cyber Monday, and so here is another gift idea for agriculture lovers: Red Combines. Authored by Lee Klancher, the beautiful tome visually and artistically details the history of the entire line of International Harvester and Case IH red combines from 1915-2015. Other elements of the book include how the red combine has impacted both agriculture and society throughout the …

Book Review, Case IH, Equipment, Tractor

Book Review & Contest – Combines with Casey & Friends

Joanna Schroeder

There is a new strategy this year for “Black Friday” that I’m coining “StayFriday” where one does his/her holiday shopping from home. And today I’m offering up a great gift idea that you can purchase online for the little ones in your life: “Combines” written by Holly DuFek and illustrated by Paul E. Nunn. What better way to review a …

Agriculture Education, Book Review, Case IH, Contest, Equipment

Growth Energy Supports Next Gen #Ag Teachers

Joanna Schroeder

Growth Energy has made a commitment to support the next generation of agriculture teachers through $90,000 in scholarships over the next three years for students during their student teaching assignments. The funds were donated to the National Association of Agricultural Education who will give the “Upper Division” awards to students majoring in ag education. “Student teaching can be a financial …

AgCareers, Agriculture Education, FFA

Land O’Lakes Awards Students to Help End Hunger

Joanna Schroeder

Land O’Lakes awarded 10 U.S. college sophomores fellowships to help find ways to end world hunger. The Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders for Food Security Program is designed to engage future leaders in the challenges and opportunities facing agriculture in the coming decades. The 2015 fellowship recipients were announced during the 2015 World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue. The 2015-2016 Emerging …

Agriculture Education, Food, Food Security, World Food Prize