President Proclaims National Ag Day

Chuck Zimmerman

This morning U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, along with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, presented a proclamation signed by President Trump naming the first day of spring National Ag Day. Cindy was attending and will have more to add later today. The photo is courtesy of @SecretarySonny‘s Twitter account! Also pictured with the proclamation is Spencer Flood, Minnesota FFA. This …

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Outstanding Young Farmers Recognized

Kelly Marshall

As part of National Ag Day, John Deere welcomed four new inductees to the Outstanding Farmers of America (OFA) Fraternity as National Outstanding Young Farmers at the OYF Awards Congress.  This year Jessica Niederer spoke on behalf of the inductees. Niederer is an organic grower who sells all of her 57 varieties at farmer’s markets in New Jersey. Selling at farmer’s markets offers her a …

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Tebow Wins 2017 Charles Eastin Award on Ag Day

Kelly Marshall

Sue Tebow was the recipient of this year’s Charles Eastin Award, presented on National Ag Day. The award honors advocates who communicate between rural and urban audiences; Tebow’s Facebook page, agri.CULTURE, certainly does that job. She credits her vantage point as an outsider to the industry with shaping the message that has allowed her to reach thousands of people. “I realized it is a …

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Bridger Gordon Wins Ag Day Essay Contest

Kelly Marshall

Bridger Gordon is more than just junior from South Dakota. He is one of the bright, enthusiastic youth who are part of bringing the message of agriculture to the world. Gordon’s message rang loud and clear as he read his winning essay to the attendees of last week’s National Ag Day. “I think about the many families, like mine, who …

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Bridging the Farm/Food Policy Gap at #FarmBillSummit

Kelly Marshall

The “Bridging the Gap Between Farm and Food Policy” panel hosted by Agri-Pulse during their Farm Bill Summit was moderated by Agri-Pulse Senior Editor, Phillip Brasher. The panelists were all veterans of past farm bills and familiar with wrestling issues like SNAP. “I think the alliance between farmers and people who work in the nutrition field or people who worry …

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What Works, What Doesn’t in Conservation

Kelly Marshall

As part of the Agri-Pulse Farm Bill Summit, Sara Wyant moderated the panel “Conservation- What Works, What Doesn’t.” Panel participants included: Tina May, Sr. Director of Sustainability, Land O’Lakes; Eric Lindstrom, National Manager of Agriculture Policy, Ducks Unlimited; Suzy Friedman, Sr. Director of Agriculture Sustainability, Environmental Defense Fund; Dave White, Co-Founder/Partner, 9-B Group; and Anne Simmons, Democratic Staff Director, House …

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Sugar Farmers Address #FarmBillSummit

Kelly Marshall

Galen Lee, President of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association, addressed the audience at Agri-Pulse’s Farm Bill Summit last week. The sugar industry is currently dealing with lower sugar prices than when Jimmy Carter was in office, so the importance of a strong safety net can’t be understated. “While we are smaller than other crops we still support 142,000 jobs in …

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Next Generation Risk Management from #FarmBillSummit

Kelly Marshall

Agri-Pulse hosted a variety of panel discussions last week during their Farm Bill Summit, beginning with ‘Next Generation Risk Management – What Does it Look Like?’ Jeff Nalley, Agri-Pulse contributing editor moderated the event, consisting of panelists Mary Kay Thatcher, Sr. Director of Congressional Relations, American Farm Bureau Federation; Rob Larew, Sr. Vice President, Public Policy and Communications, National Farmers …

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Peanut Industry Donates 30,000 Jars of Peanut Butter

Kelly Marshall

The Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) in Washington D.C. received more than 30,000 jars of peanut butter on National Ag Day. The Southern Peanut Farmers Federation, made up of Alabama Peanut Producers Association, Florida Peanut Producers Association, Georgia Peanut Commission and Mississippi Peanut Growers Association, is working with CAFB to solve issues like chronic undernutrition, heart disease and obesity. CAFB partners …

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Duvall Addresses Agri-Pulse #FarmBillSummitt

Kelly Marshall

President of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Zippy Duvall addressed the participants of the Agri-Pulse Farm Bill Summit earlier this week. Using his best southern charm, Duvall addressed the issue of the upcoming farm bill, pointing out the different circumstances farmers and ranchers are in as the last bill was being written and the economic climate now. “The biggest problem with …

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