AFBF Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge Has Opened

Lizzy Schultz

Online applications for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) third Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge will open May 1, coinciding with the beginning of National Small Business Week. The competition, in which entrepreneurs will compete for a prize of $145,000 in startup funds, provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations that benefit rural regions of the United States. …

AFBF, Ag Day, Agribusiness, Award, Contest

Two Essay Contest Winners Awarded on Ag Day

Lizzy Schultz

Another agricultural award recipient present in Washington, D.C. on National Ag Day was Emily Dougherty, one winner of the Annual Ag Day Essay Contest. The Annual Ag Day Essay Contest encourages students in 9th-12th grade to submit a written or video essay. This year’s contest theme was “Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet.” The winner of the video essay content …

Ag Day, Ag Group, Audio, Award, FFA, University

Meet the 2016 Charles Eastin Award Winner

Lizzy Schultz

Christina O’Brien, Norz Hill Farm, Bridgewater, NJ, was awarded the 2016 Charles Eastin Award for encouraging communications between rural and urban audiences. The award was presented at the Celebration of Agriculture Dinner held at USDA in Washington, D.C. on National Ag Day, March 15, 2016. O’Brien is involved with many organizations, keeping her focus on spreading the message of agriculture …

Ag Day, Ag Group, Audio, Award, Communications

Ag Day Address from John Deere Economist

Jamie Johansen

The annual National Ag Day Celebration of Agriculture Dinner took place at the USDA building this year and Orion Samuelson graced goers with his unforgettable voice and career-long commitment to agriculture. JB Penn, Chief Economist, John Deere was honored to serve as the evenings keynote speaker, but even more humbled to be introduced by an icon in American agriculture. “We …

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National Ag Day Meet & Mingle

Jamie Johansen

The National Ag Day Meet & Mingle Lunch took place in Washington D.C. drawing attendees to the Dirksen Senate Building for lunch and to once again hear from the legendary Orion Samuelson, WGN, who served as the events emcee. Chad Garone took to the mic representing the Outstanding Farmers of America (OFA) and the 2015 class of Outstanding Young Farmers. …

Ag Day, Ag Group, Audio, Government, politics

#FarmCredit100 Fresh Perspectives Top Leaders

Cindy Zimmerman

As part of the National Ag Day festivities in Washington DC Tuesday, Farm Credit announced the top honorees of the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives program, a nationwide search to identify and honor 100 leaders who are changing rural communities and agriculture for the better. The Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives program is the cornerstone of Farm Credit’s 100th anniversary …

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Agri-Pulse: Farm to Fork Panel

Jamie Johansen

To kick off National Ag Day, Agri-Pulse hosted a panel discussion on Capitol Hill tackling “Farm to Fork Politics: How Sustainability is Reframing Food Production and Marketing.” Agri-Pulse Editor, Sara Wyant, moderated the discussion between panelists including Rod Snyder, president, Field to Market, Chris Policinski, CEO, Land O’Lakes Inc., Dave White, co-founder, 9B and former NRCS Chief, and Gregg Halverson, …

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GROWMARK is Ready to Celebrate National Ag Day

Kelly Marshall

National Ag Day will be celebrated next week on March 15.  GROWMARK and its FS and grain member companies will be sponsoring the day with local and national activities to recognize the importance of agriculture.  Some of the activities in include involvement with the state and federal legislative process, Agriculture in The Classroom, and ag literacy efforts. “Ag Day is …

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ACA Names Christina O’Brien as Award Recipient

Kelly Marshall

Christina O’Brien has been an outstanding advocate for agriculture and now she is being recognized for her efforts.  The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) is awarding her the Charles Eastin Award for 2016.  This award is for an individual who works to accurately communicate between rural and urban audiences.  She will be honored at a Celebration of Agriculture Dinner at …

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National Ag Day Schedule & Registration

Chuck Zimmerman

It’s time to get registered for National Ag Day Activities on March 14-15. You can register on this page. I will be covering the activities again this year and am looking for a sponsor. Want to showcase your company or organization in my coverage on the ZimmComm News Network? Give me a shout. 2016 National Ag Day Schedule Monday, March …

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