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  • Nathaniel (Nate) Lewis this past week joined the staff of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) as its Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist.
  • Twelve FFA members have been selected by the National FFA Organization to participate in an international experience designed to increase their understanding about global agriculture and witness the role that U.S. agriculture plays in the global economy.
  • The North American Equipment Dealers Assn. (NAEDA) has announced the recipients of its 2014 Gold Level and Most Improved awards.
  • The National Corn Growers Association announced its support for legislation introduced at a press conference today that would establish a federal standard for the safety and labeling of food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients.

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  • Syngenta opened the application period for the second year of its Grow More Vegetables Seed Grant Program, which provides assistance to schools and community organizations interested in establishing or enhancing garden programs.
  • Swanson Russell has promoted Lisa Lorraine to vice president and creative director in its Lincoln office.
  • Twelve FFA members have been selected by the National FFA Organization to participate in an international experience designed to increase their understanding about global agriculture and witness the role that U.S. agriculture plays in the global economy.
  • The American Feed Industry Association will host the Feed Industry Institute in Minneapolis, Minn., June 16-19.

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  • In partnership with the Ministry of Education, the USAID Food and Enterprise Development (FED) Program has developed Liberia’s first market-based, regionally integrated vocational training program in agriculture.
  • The NRCS webpage features the five steps to getting assistance from NRCS, so that farmers, ranchers and forest landowners can know about the process of applying for assistance from the comfort of their own home, barn, tractor or wherever else they hop online.
  • broadhead, a leading marketing communications agency connecting the interests of urban and rural consumers, including agriculture, energy, food, government, and safety and wellness, continues to grow with the addition of four new employees to the team.
  • The University of Illinois has achieved a goal of $2 million to fund the James F. Evans Endowment in Agricultural Communications.

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  • The World Food Prize Foundation awarded its Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Medallion to the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center.
  • Please join U.S Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, Kansas Farm Food Connection & Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City for a private screening of Farmland.
  • On Tuesday, April 1, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden will host a Google+ Hangout to discuss types of agricultural credit and ways to access them in support of new farmers and ranchers.
  • A new six-part miniseries debuted this week on NCGA’s YouTube page, with the first episode providing an up-close look at how corn growers are active in areas to promote the use of ethanol as a motor fuel.

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  • Monsanto Company has announced that six new recipients will be awarded research grants as part of the Corn Rootworm Knowledge Research Program.
  • CAST Annual Report 2013 is now available to view.
  • DuPont Chair and Chief Executive Officer Ellen Kullman unveiled a newly expanded research facility at Delmas, South Africa, that will serve as the core of the DuPont Africa regional technology center.
  • Brookside Agra announced the hiring of Bill Bayless of Sparta, IL as its new Vice-President of Business Development.

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  • AdFarm recently expanded leadership in the company’s Calgary and Sacramento offices with the hiring of Larry Hertz and Jake Mortensen.
  • Swanson Russell announces the additions of Patty Lavelle, Liz Sexton, and Jennifer Smith to its Lincoln office.
  • SFP recently promoted Stephanie Russell to director of public relations.
  • Demeter is now a full-service agency, including market research, branding, traditional and emerging media, media and communications training, reputation management, public relations, advertising and promotions.

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  • The NAFB Hall of Fame Committee is asking for nominations for present, past or deceased NAFB Broadcast Council members that have made a significant contribution to farm broadcasting.
  • Farm Journal Media received two Neal Awards during American Business Media’s 60th Annual Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards ceremony, held Friday in New York City.
  • CHS Inc. has agreed to acquire selected Canadian retail assets from Crop Production Services (Canada) Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Agrium, Inc., a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services in North America, South America and Australia.
  • Bayer CropScience and John Deere are working together to integrate data access, wireless data transmission, and delivery of prescription recommendations to help farmers optimize yields and return on investment.

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  • DuPont Pioneer is pleased to announce a $5,000 donation to Farm Rescue, a North Dakota-based non-profit organization that plants and harvests crops free of charge for family farmers who have suffered a major injury, illness or disaster.
  • The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) named DuPont Chair & CEO Ellen Kullman as the recipient of its 2014 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology. Kullman is the first woman to receive the honor, which has been awarded annually since 2008.
  • The Georgia peanut industry plans to celebrate by hosting the 2014 Georgia PB&J Day at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, Ga.
  • Members of the ASA Action Partnership met yesterday in Washington to discuss labeling of products containing genetically modified ingredients and the possibilities and implications of “big data,” or the data generated through advances in precision agriculture technology.

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  • FERN is pleased to announce a new partnership with veteran agriculture reporter Charles “Chuck” Abbott, who will produce a daily round up of top agriculture news to be called “FERN’s Ag Insider by Chuck Abbott.”
  • Pork producers Dr. Howard Hill from Cambridge, Iowa, Dr. Ron Prestage from Camden, S.C., and John Weber, from Dysart, Iowa, were elevated to the post of president, president-elect and vice president, respectively, for the National Pork Producers Council.
  • Fresh on the Menue App, allows users to locate nearby restaurants that serve Certified South Carolina Grown food, took top honors at the 2014 American Advertising Federation Awards.
  • The National Pork Board honored four farms as recipients of the Pork Industry Environmental Stewards Award at the annual National Pork Industry Forum.

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  • During the annual meeting of its voting delegates at last week’s Commodity Classic in San Antonio, the farmer members of the American Soybean Association plotted the association’s policy course for the coming year during the open resolutions process.
  • Farmer and rancher members of Farm Bureau from around the country officially kicked off the organization’s new “Our Food Link” program in conjunction with a conference for state leaders of Women’s Leadership and Promotion & Education programs.
  • The Purdue University College of Agriculture has awarded $1 million in state-funded grants for a wide variety of projects designed to advance Indiana’s leadership in plant and animal agriculture and rural development.
  • Nominations are due March 15 for the Agricultural Public Relations Hall of Fame, an award program honoring agricultural public relations professionals who have made lifetime contributions to the industry.

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  • Monsanto Company announced that it has been named one of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” by FORTUNE magazine.
  • American Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President and Treasurer Julie Anna Potts and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Carl Shaffer presented Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson with AFBF’s “Golden Plow” award on Wednesday during Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s National Legislative Conference.
  • Syngenta announced that ELATUS, a breakthrough foliar fungicide, has been approved by the Brazilian authorities.
  • Merivon fungicide from BASF has received registration for use on almonds in California.

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  • United Soybean Board (USB) CEO John Becherer is joining the ranks of Purdue University’s most prestigious College of Agriculture alumni.
  • Swanson Russell was named Construction Marketer of the year for the Western Region at this year’s Construction Marketing Association STAR awards.
  • Agspring announced it has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire the General Mills grain operations in Idaho.
  • Farm Journal Foundation announces sponsorship of 2014 National Ag Day.

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  • University of Missouri Extension researchers and USDA scientists on the MU campus are collaborating with DuPont Pioneer to pool soil data, expertise and other resources to help grain farmers improve yields and reduce costs.
  • Extended deadline for the 2014 Golden ARC Awards Contest is now Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
  • American Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President and Treasurer Julie Anna Potts and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Carl Shaffer presented Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson with AFBF’s “Golden Plow” award on Wednesday during Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s National Legislative Conference.
  • broadhead, a Minneapolis-based advertising and marketing agency, hires Cindy Hackmann as senior content writer and Taylor Carlson as account coordinator.

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  • Solum Inc. announced it has changed its name to Granular Inc. and launched a new cloud business software and analytics offering for farmers.
  • BASF announced that Sercadis fungicide has received full U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration.
  • Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company announced an agreement to acquire Lohmann SE (Lohmann Animal Health), a privately-held company headquartered in Cuxhaven, Germany.
  • The Tuskegee University College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences (CAENS) has received $1.5 million to add research laboratories to the newly constructed Henderson Hall.

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  • DuPont, the University of Missouri and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service have announced an innovative new collaboration to pool soil mapping resources, predictive technologies and expertise to help growers more sustainably improve crop yields through better nitrogen application management and other field input planning.
  • Since the first commercial sale of Posilac on Feb. 4, 1994, it has helped deliver substantial economic and environmental benefits, in addition to helping today’s dairy producers meet a growing demand for milk.
  • The National Chicken Council has launched a new website, www.ChickenRoost.com, which features information on issues such as animal welfare, food safety, environmental stewardship, antibiotic use and the modern partnership between farmers and chicken companies.
  • FMC Corporation has named Michael Seyfert as director of Government Affairs for FMC Agricultural Solutions.