Nebraska Grower Leader and New Holland

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While I was attending Commodity Classic this week I ran into Greg Anderson, Nebraska soybean grower and USB board member. Greg was in the New Holland booth looking at some new equipment so I asked him to talk with me about his experience with their products. He says that prior to high school he remembers using equipment of a different …

Agribusiness, Audio, Commodity Classic, New Holland

Sec. Vilsack Addresses 2015 Commodity Classic

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Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack spoke to over 7000 agricultural producers and industry members during his 6th appearance at Commodity Classic on Friday. Sec. Vilsack began by stating that he “was in the presence of greatness” and went on to thank farmers for all that they do on a daily basis. He also thanked farmers for their work on the …

Agribusiness, Commodity Classic, Corn, NCGA, sorghum, Soybean, Trade, USDA, Wheat

Iteris’ ClearAg Crop Protection Beta Testing Program

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Iteris, Inc., a leader in providing intelligent traffic management and weather information solutions, announced the opening of its ClearAg™ Crop Protection application programming interfaces (API) beta testing program. Chuck spoke with Bob Stern in the Iteris booth during the 2015 Commodity Classic allowing him to share more information about their next step in the evolution in our family of precision …

Agribusiness, Audio, Commodity Classic, Crop Protection, data, Precision Agriculture

Task Force to Make Case for Investment in Nutrition

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A task force made up of policy, business, civil society and scientific leaders will make the case for investing in nutrition and lay out opportunities for those working in agriculture and food to make healthy foods more widely available and affordable. The Chicago Council on Global Affairs announced the convening of the group ahead of the Global Food Security Symposium …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Nutrition

Ag Issues Forum Celebrates Ten Years

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It is a week of anniversaries here in Phoenix, AZ. ZimmComm New Media is still celebrating the 10th year of its founding, Commodity Classic is celebrating 20 years and Bayer CropScience is celebrating ten years of its pre-Classic Ag Issues Forum. I talked with Beth Roden, Bayer CropScience, about how the Forum has evolved over the last decade and as …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer, ZimmCast

USDA Gives $14 Million for Rural Economic Growth

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Rural economies are getting a $14 million boost from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This news release from the agency says the grants through USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) are aimed at increasing prosperity in rural America through research, education, and extension programs focused on promoting rural community development, economic growth, and sustainability. “Nearly 60 million …

Agribusiness, Government, USDA

BASF Celebrates 150 Years of Science

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Since 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of BASF, our friends with BASF Crop Protection are pleased to kick off this anniversary year in the U.S. with the 9th annual media symposium, the Science Behind the Right Chemistry, prior to the official start of Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Arizona. Opening the big event was Technical Crop Production Specialist AJ Woodyard and …

Agribusiness, Audio, BASF, Crop Protection, Science

Bayer Inaugural Produce Innovation Award

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Bayer CropScience started a new award program at this year’s Ag Issues Forum – the Produce Innovation Award. The first recipient is Chalmers R. Carr III, owner and president of Titan Farms in Ridge Springs, S.C. Accepting the award is his wife Lori Anne Carr. A first-generation farmer, Carr manages 6,100 acres of peaches, peppers and broccoli on an operation …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer, Produce

Bayer Young Farmer Sustainability Award

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Last night Bayer CropScience announced this year’s Young Farmer Sustainability Award Winner, Andrew Fansler. Andrew Fansler is a rare commodity these days—a first-generation farmer whose farming career was born from a passion for the soil, for growing things, and for the lifestyle and value system which are part of agriculture. Fansler is also the newly-minted winner of the 2015 Young …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer, Sustainability