Simplot CEO Speaks at ASTA CSS

Leah Guffey Leave a Comment

The opening session of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) CSS and Seed Expo was highlighted by keynote speaker J.R. Simplot president and CEO Bill Whitacre. Since inventing the first viable frozen french fry the J.R. Simplot Company, has become one of North America’s largest, privately held food and agribusiness companies, with over $4.5 billion in annual sales. Simplot has …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, ASTA, Audio, Seed

New Chairman of the Ag Retailers Association

Chuck Zimmerman Leave a Comment

Now that we’ve heard from the past Chairman let’s hear from the new Chairman of the Agricultural Retailers Association. He’s Dave DuFault, Simplot, pictured on the left presenting a gift to now past Chairman Gary Farrell. Before the ceremonies took place I talked with Dave. In the coming year Dave says ARA will continue to move forward with the ResponsibleAg …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, ARA, Audio

Past Chairman of the Ag Retailers Association

Chuck Zimmerman Leave a Comment

He’s now the past Chairman of the Agricultural Retailers Association. He’s Gary Farrell (pictured left), Ag Enterprise Supply, who passed the gavel to the new Chairman, Dave DuFault, Simplot at the annual meeting in New Orleans. Prior to the ceremonies I visited with Gary and asked him what he was most proud of accomplishing during his term. He says it …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, ARA, Audio

2015 Designated as International Year of Soils

John Davis

The United Nations has designated 2015 as the International Year of Soils (IYS) to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of healthy soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions. Soil Renaissance, a group led by our friends at Farm Foundation, is celebrating IYS and its first year in existence as a movement to make soil health the cornerstone …

Ag Group, Farm Foundation, Soil

Ag Retailers Having Fun

Chuck Zimmerman

Ag Retailers having fun and raising money for the ARAPAC! That was the action last night at the Agricultural Retailers Association Convention & Expo. Once again this year, Chad “Cracker” Johnson, was the auctioneer who did a masterful job managing the auction. By the way, Chad is a Gator Grad! That’s important to know. 2014 ARA Convention & Expo Photo …

Ag Group, ARA

NSP & USCP Announce New Hires

Jamie Johansen

National Sorghum Producers and the United Sorghum Checkoff Program announced the hiring of two employees to its national headquarters in Lubbock, Texas, and the hiring of one southeast regional director. “We are excited to welcome these talented new individuals to team sorghum,” said NSP and USCP CEO Tim Lust. “Each are uniquely qualified individuals that will be an asset to …

Ag Group, Company Announcement, sorghum

An FFA Welcome to Ag Retailers Convention

Chuck Zimmerman

Attendees to the 2014 Agricultural Retailers Convention were welcomed this morning by two of the Louisiana state officers of the National FFA. On the stage were Christen Wall (l) and Nicole Roofner. Christen talked about her family alligator farm and Nicole gave us an invocation. Both are high school seniors but already have plans for what they want to do …

Ag Group, ARA, Audio, FFA

Ag Retailers Kick Off Convention

Chuck Zimmerman

The 2014 Agricultural Retailers Association Convention & Expo is underway in New Orleans. The President/CEO for ARA is Daren Coppock, pictured here with some of our younger attendees from FFA and AFA. Great to see them here! Daren says attendance is at a record this year and judging by the crowd at the opening reception and today’s opening general session …

Ag Group, ARA, Audio

Meet the New USFRA Faces: Thomas Titus

John Davis

If you get a chance to talk to one of the newest representatives in the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance’s (USFRA) Faces of Farming and Ranching program, you’ll certainly be taken by more than just Thomas Titus’ impressive height (6’8″!). You’ll hear just how enthusiastic he is to talk about the world of agriculture. “Talking about agriculture was something instilled …

Ag Group, Audio, Corn, Farming, Pork, Swine, USFRA

NSIP Commits to Rebranding Initiative

Jamie Johansen

Following a competitive RFP process, the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) has selected Demeter Communications for its Rebranding Initiative. The purpose of the rebranding is to better position NSIP as the genetic selection tool for U.S. sheep producers, and increase usage of the technology for the benefit of all segments of the industry, according to Reid Redden, NSIP chairman. The …

Ag Group, Marketing, Sheep