Plant Geneticist Wins CAST Communication Award

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A plant geneticist is being recognized for his efforts to communicate. Dr. Channapatna Prakash, an honored faculty member at Tuskegee University in Alabama, will receive the 2015 Borlaug Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Communication Award for decades of using the written word, public presentations, and TV and radio and social media to deliver clear, science-based information to the …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Research, World Food Prize

Goldberg to Receive IFAMA Service Award

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A man described as a visionary is being honored for his 60-year career teaching, working with industry, research and international development in agribusiness. The International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) will recognize Dr. Ray Goldberg as its Distinguished Service Award recipient on June 16, 2015 at the 25th Annual IFAMA World Conference President’s Award Dinner in St. Paul, Minnesota. …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, IFAMA, Novus International

Granular Acquires AcreValue

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Agriculture software and analytics company Granular bought farmland real estate evaluation business AcreValue. This company news release says the deal enhances Granular’s service offerings to the farmland market and gives farmers and potential investors valuable information into land values across the country. The free service allows buyers, sellers, agents and other interested parties to browse AcreValue estimates using a map-based …

Agribusiness

FMC Acquires Cheminova

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FMC Corporation has completed its acquisition of Cheminova A/S, a multinational crop protection company based in Denmark and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Auriga Industries A/S. “Cheminova gives us direct market access to key countries in Europe and enhances our customer reach in India, Australia and throughout Latin America, bringing greater balance to our agricultural business,” said Pierre Brondeau, FMC president, …

Agribusiness, Crop Science, FMC

Bayer Helps Growers CARE for Crops and Bees

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Bayer CropScience is continuing a program that helps growers and beekeepers collaborate to help feed a growing planet. With more than $15 billion dollars worth of crops in the U.S. pollinated by bees each year, the CARE program, now in its third year, reflects Bayer’s ongoing commitment to product stewardship, protecting natural resources, enhancing agricultural sustainability and promoting partnerships between …

Agribusiness, Bayer, Bees, pollinators

NFU Releases Policy Handbook

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The new policy handbook from the National Farmers Union (NFU) underscores the group’s longstanding commitment to family farmers, sustainable farming practices, and its strong grassroots underpinnings. “NFU policy is the result of a grassroots development process – with some of the policies in this handbook starting on the county level – that culminates every year at the organization’s annual convention,” …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, NFU

‘Big Tractors’ Makes Modern Farming Hero in Kids Book

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The latest childrens books makes modern farming the hero. Octane Press has released the second in the series of its “Casey & Friends” books with “Big Tractors,” an educational and entertaining look at how tractors, combines and tillage equipment operate together on the farm, featuring CASE IH equipment in real farming situations. Holly Dufek, a seasoned educator and national curriculum …

Case IH, Tractor

Rural America Keeps Growing Thanks to Community Banks

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April is Community Banking Month, and the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) is celebrating the nation’s community banks for their unparalleled role in helping America grow by lending to local farmers, ranchers and agricultural enterprises and serving as financial first responders to the agricultural economy. “Community banks are essential to the overall health and financial success of rural America …

Agribusiness, Financial

USDA: Number of Organic Producers Hits Record

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The number of organic producers in the U.S. has hit a record. This news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says there are 19,474 certified organic operations in the United States and a total of 27,814 certified organic operations around the world. According to data released by the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP), the number …

Organic, USDA