Syngenta Enogen Supporting Ethanol & FFA

Chuck Zimmerman

It’s NASCAR race time with the American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen. I’m on location at Iowa Speedway and the race is tonight. Right now we’re in a lull between practice sessions. I’m here courtesy of Syngenta Enogen and will be covering their events. One of this things is the effort Syngenta is doing with Iowa FFA members again this …

Ag Group, Ethanol, Growth Energy, Syngenta

Faith & Ag Event in Italy to Discuss Modern Ag Challenges

John Davis

U.S. agricultural leaders will join world leaders in Milan, Italy, to talk about how faith traditions can inform solutions to modern agricultural challenges. The National Farmers Union will send several of is leaders to the June 27-28 Faith, Agriculture, Food and the Environment symposium, including Doug Peterson, the president of Farmers Union Enterprises and the Minnesota Farmers Union, who will …

Ag Group, Ag Leader, International

Wheat Foundation Photo Contest

Chuck Zimmerman

Hey, agricultural photographers, here’s a contest for you. The National Wheat Foundation is sponsoring a contest to recognize wheat farmers and this year’s wheat harvest. Entering the photo contest is simple. Email your best 2015 wheat harvest picture to Photos will be posted on the National Wheat Foundation’s Facebook page. The Foundation directors will vote to determine the winning …

Ag Group, Contest, Wheat

Farmfest to Feature Minnesota’s 1st Rural Broadband Day

John Davis

Underscoring the need for high-speed broadband access for farmers and ranchers, this year’s Farmfest will feature Minnesota’s first Rural Broadband Day. This news release from Farm Bureau says the farm show’s opening on August 4 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, makes the case to the public that with the rise of precision technology in agriculture, producers need the broadband to increase …

AFBF, Ag Group, Internet

New Agricultural Education Content Standards

Chuck Zimmerman

The National Council for Agricultural Education has released a new set of content standards (pdf). These standards “state agricultural education leaders and educators a guide for development of well-planned curriculum for AFNR-related career and technical education programs.” The multi-stage revision of the standards began in 2014 and included input from more than 270 secondary and post-secondary educators, business, industry and …

Ag Group, Education, FFA

FFA Winners Tour Costa Rica’s Agriculture

Kelly Marshall

48 national FFA award winners will depart for ten days in Costa Rica this summer.   The trip will educate participants about the global agricultural industry and the opportunities and challenges of international trade.  The country offers some of the most diverse agriculture and geography in the world, while being small enough to all students to gain a complete ag …

Ag Group, Award, FFA, International

Corn Farmers Coalition Seeks New Opportunities

Kelly Marshall

Riders on D.C.’s Metro have been looking at the faces of farmers for seven summers.  This summer they will likely view fragrance ads and real estate commercials, as the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority rejected the Corn Farmers Coalition‘s annual campaign.  Ads already in place were recently removed following the decision of the board to disallow all “issues and advocacy” …

Advertising, Ag Group, Corn

Agri-Pulse is Media Partner for “Drive Across America”

Kelly Marshall

American Agri-Women is celebrating 40 years of advocating for agriculture with a five-month tour, “Drive Across America.”  Partnering with them for this event is Agri-Pulse Communications. “Our past and our future are based on advocating for agriculture and presenting the truth about production agriculture to the public, policy makers and the media. We are so pleased to have a media …

Ag Group, Agri-Pulse, Agribusiness, American Agri-Women

American Agri-Women Question Land Management

Kelly Marshall

American Agri-Women raise an interesting question; who owns Nevada?  This example is one of the issues the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women is posing at their 22nd annual Symposium.  Held at the USDA building in Washington D.C., the event is scheduled for June 8th from 9-11 a.m. The symposium, “Divided Lands: Federal vs. State Management in …

Ag Group, American Agri-Women, Events

Soy Based Paint Can Shrink Your Footprint

Kelly Marshall

Two parking lots in New Jersey are being refreshed, with the first waterborne traffic paint made with soybean oil.  The Medford Township school system continuously searches for sustainable initiatives, which lead the director of operations and technology, Joe Bilkuck, to BioStripe.  This soy-biobased traffic paint is being tested on two of the district’s parking lots, because in addition to being …

Ag Group, Biotech, Soybean, USB