CREAATE Act Would Promote Ag Exports

Cindy Zimmerman Leave a Comment

U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced bipartisan legislation this week that would increase funding to USDA’s export promotion programs. The Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act would double funding for two of the USDA’s most successful programs, the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market …

Ag Group, Government, International, Trade

Florida & Georgia Cattle Country Hit by Irma

Jamie Johansen Leave a Comment

Hurricane Irma traveled straight through Florida and Georgia cattle country. An assessment of damaged areas is still being tallied. Florida dairies are running on generators, still struggling to keep cows milked and forced to dump tons of milk for various reasons. Less impacted appears to be the beef cattle industry, as most fences remained intact and kept cattle from getting …

Ag Group, AgWired Animal, Audio, Beef, Dairy, Weather

Communicating with the National Association of Wheat Growers

Chuck Zimmerman Leave a Comment

This week’s ZimmCast continues my series visiting with farm organization Directors of Communications. At the Farm Progress Show I sat down with Caitlin Eannello, National Association of Wheat Growers, to talk about her career choice and what the challenges of the job are. Caitlin does not have a farm background but does have a passion to help farmers and a …

Ag Group, Audio, Farm Progress Show, NAWG, Wheat, ZimmCast

Wisconsin Sends 17,000 lbs. of Cheese to Houston

Jamie Johansen

Driven by online conversations shortly after Hurricane Harvey, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board’s (WMMB) Social Media Specialist, Lizzy Schultz, wondered how they could help. After a team meeting, the idea became a quick reality. Wisconsin’s cheesemakers were contacted and more than 17,000 pounds of cheese was sent to Houston to help the victims of the hurricane. “We are deeply saddened by …

Ag Group, AgWired Animal, Audio, Dairy

Rice for Today and the Future

Kelly Marshall

Dr. Chrisitan De Guzman, Southeast Missouri State University, spoke to attendees of the Missouri Rice Council Field Day about varieties in the trial plots answering their questions about his research. “I believe they are looking for which varieties are most suitable to them because most of our resourceful research here- they try to evaluate it and see if it is …

Ag Group, AgWired Precision, Audio, Rice

Secretary Sonny Visits Farm Progress Show

Jamie Johansen

It was a packed house for our Secretary of Agriculture as he was hosted by WGN and ADM during the 2017 Farm Progress Show. Sec. Sonny Perdue visted with ag and local media prior to taking the stage. Naturally, trade was a hot topic followed by Hurricane Harvey and an update from D.C. Listen to or download the complete press …

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Missouri Rice Council Hosts Field Day

Jamie Johansen

The Missouri Rice Council hosted their annual Rice Field Day August 24, at the Rice Research Farm in Campbell, Missouri. Research personnel from Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) and the University of Missouri Fisher Delta Research Center were on hand to provide area farmers a chance to see and learn about recent developments in rice research and other agricultural related …

Ag Group, AgWired Precision, Audio, Markets, Research, Rice

U.S. Grain Inspection – What to Expect

Jamie Johansen

One of the breakout sessions during the 2017 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange provided an overview on how the soy and grain inspection system operated. This gave U.S. growers a better understanding of how their grain was managed once it left the farm and more importantly provided international buyers with the information needed to ensure they were getting a quality …

Ag Group, AgWired Precision, Audio, Exports, GIPSA, Grains, Soybean, Trade, USDA, USSEC

Nebraska Proudly Hosts #USSoyExchange

Jamie Johansen

To kick off the 2017 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange, Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley provided opening remarks to the international and domestic soybean audience. I was able to speak with the Lt. Governor who shared how proud the state is of its agricultural industry. He said, “It’s really the backbone of our economy. We like to grow things.” “It’s …

Ag Group, AgWired Precision, Audio, Exports, Markets, Soybean, Trade, USSEC

NCBA Encourages Comments on WOTUS

Kelly Marshall

The comment period for the repeal of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) ends Monday, August 28, 2017 and members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) want to encourage farmers and ranchers to participate. The organization has released a video featuring Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt urges farmers and ranchers to let their voice be …

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