COOL is a Big Issue for NFU

Cindy Zimmerman Leave a Comment

I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with National Farmers Union Senior Vice President of Programs Chandler Goule last week at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention. We discussed a variety of policy issues where NFU is actively involved on the federal level, and one big one is Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). Goule says strongly supports …

Ag Group, Audio, NAFB, NFU

Sustainably Grown USSEC Markets

Jamie Johansen Leave a Comment

National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s Trade Talk led me to the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) booth where I talked with Laura Foell. She is chairman of the USSEC, member of the United Soybean Board and an Iowa farmer. USSEC is comprised of United Soybean Board, American Soybean Association, state soybean associations and industry members. As a non-profit the council’s …

Ag Group, Audio, Exports, NAFB, Soybean

NAFB Awards for Creative Excellence

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The Plambeck Award of Creative Excellence was also announced during the Night of Honors at the 71st National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s annual meeting. The single entry winner went to SFP, A Verdesian Life Science Company, and OsbornBarr for their More Than Manure Nutrient Manager. The radio spot targeted swine producers and farmers in Minnesota and Iowa who handle manure …

Ag Group, Agency, Agribusiness, Award, NAFB

Legislative Update from NAFB

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Michelle Rook, WNAX Farm Director in Yankton, SD., led the discussion during the Legislative Roundtable at the 71st National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s annual convention. Blake Hurst, President of the Missouri Farm Bureau, and Steve Nelson, Nebraska Farm Bureau President, served as this year’s panelists. The ag leaders reviewed the current direction of the United States agricultural issues and policy …

Ag Group, Audio, Government, NAFB

NAFB Horizon Award & Farm Broadcaster of the Year

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The National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s awards luncheon paid tribute to the 2014 Horizon Award and the Farm Broadcaster of the Year. Ken Anderson is this year’s Farm Broadcaster of the Year and is an ag reporter and news anchor for the Brownfield Radio Network. His broadcasting career began in 1977 with KRVN Radio in Lexington, Nebraska. From there, he …

Ag Group, Award, NAFB

NAFB Hall of Fame and Meritorious Service

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The National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) bestowed honors on many deserving individuals during the convention’s Night of Honors Banquet. Longtime NAFB member and radio advocate Bill Farmakis was awarded the Dix Harper Meritorious Service Award last night during the Night of Honors Celebration. The Award recognizes outstanding support and leadership to the broadcasting industry and association by a member …

Ag Group, Award, NAFB

Young Farmers & Ranchers to EPA: ‘Ditch the Rule!”

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Producers who will be the future of agriculture are telling the federal government to keep an unpopular water rule from having a future of its own. This news release from Farm Bureau says the group’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee wants the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers to ditch the proposed Waters of the U.S. …

AFBF, Ag Group, Environment, EPA, Farm Bureau, Government

Ag Groups Urge President to Reject Biofuels Cuts

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The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and several other agricultural sent a letter to President Obama last week asking him to intervene with the Environmental Protection Agency regarding its proposed cuts in the 2014 volume obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard. “The blending targets and the methodology in your administration’s proposed rule are already causing significant harm to the biofuel …

AFBF, Ag Group, ARA, Corn, EPA, Ethanol, Government, NCGA

Farm Bureau Opens Online Registration for Convention

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The American Farm Bureau Federation has opened online registration for its 96th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show, Jan. 10-14, 2015, in San Diego. “The 96th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show offers a preview of the future of agriculture,” said John Hawkins, AFBF’s senior director of conventions and events. “The IDEAg Connect Conference, thought-provoking educational workshops, and precision agriculture …

AFBF, Ag Group, Agribusiness, Farm Bureau

30 Days of Agvocacy and Social Media

Chuck Zimmerman Leave a Comment

Speaking of the AgChat Foundation . . . Thanks to a heads up from Charleston Orwig, I see that the AgChat Foundation has started their first “30 Days” series. This is inspired by a series started by Holly Spangler of Farm Progress. For our first series, we’ll be talking about 30 Days of Agvocacy and Social Media – Join us …

Ag Group, AgChat, Social Media, Social Networking