Northern Commodity Transportation Conference to Debut

Cindy Zimmerman

The inaugural Northern Commodity Transportation Conference (NCTC) is being held March 11-12 in Bloomington, Minn. The conference is being organized by Ag Management Solutions (AMS), in conjunction with commodity groups from Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, and is focused on uniting the commodity transportation industry to discuss trade and transportation issues and challenges. Transportation and non-tariff barrier topics such …

Agribusiness, Soybean, Trade, transportation

Bayer and BASF Intend to Appeal Dicamba Decision

Cindy Zimmerman

Both Bayer and BASF intend to appeal a court decision in Missouri resulting in a total of $265 million in damages awarded to a Missouri peach farm over alleged dicamba drift. A federal jury in Cape Girardeau awarded plaintiff Bader Farms $15 in compensatory damages and $250 in punitive damages on its claims of design defect, failure to warn, negligent …

Agribusiness, BASF, Bayer

AEM to Sponsor Workshop for NAMA 2020

Cindy Zimmerman

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) are teaming up during NAMA’s 2020 Agri-Marketing Conference for a pre-conference workshop with content targeted specifically for small and medium-sized companies. The event, Equipping Your Small Marketing Department to Survive and Thrive, will be emceed by Curt Blades, Senior Vice President of Ag Services at AEM, and will …

AEM, Agribusiness, Audio, NAMA

FMC Announces CEO Change in 2020

Cindy Zimmerman

The Board of Directors for FMC Corporation has elected Mark Douglas as president and chief executive officer of FMC, effective June 1, 2020, replacing Pierre Brondeau who will continue to serve as chairman and CEO through May 31, 2020, at which time he will become executive chairman and remain a member of the Board of Directors. “Mark has been elected …

Agribusiness, AgWired Precision, ARA, Audio, FMC

Thriving Amongst the Giants

Carrie Muehling

A general session at the 2019 American Seed Trade Association CSS & Seed Expo addressed needs of seed businesses who are employing key business strategies to ensure success in an environment of transition and consolidation. The panel, entitled “Thriving Amongst the Giants,” featured Scott Beck of Beck’s Hybrids, John Latham of Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, Myron Stine of Midwest Oilseeds, and …

Agribusiness, ASTA, Audio, Seed

Research Looks at Farmers of the Future

Carrie Muehling

Research presented at the 2019 American Seed Trade Association CSS & Seed Expo answered questions about who the farmers of the future will be and what they will need from the agriculture industry. “The goal is to help the industry have some focus on what’s coming, think about their own plans, how they can disrupt themselves to become more competitive, …

Agribusiness, ASTA, Audio, Research

ASTA Ends Year on High Note

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is ending 2019 on a positive note with another successful CSS and Seed Expo in Chicago and a lot of optimism going forward. “There’s a lot of innovation in our industry today,” says ASTA president and CEO Andy LaVigne. “So we see a lot of companies coming into the market, a lot on discovery, …

Agribusiness, ASTA, Audio, Seed

ASTA Announces Student Video Contest Winner

Cindy Zimmerman

Recent Iowa State University PhD graduate Kevin Falk was honored as the grand prize winner of the Better Seed, Better Life Student Video Contest for the second year in row during the Opening General Session of ASTA’s CSS & Seed Expo 2019 in Chicago. Falk’s PhD work focuses around harnessing technology to develop high throughput phenotyping platforms and machine learning …

Agribusiness, AgWired Precision, ASTA, Audio, BASF, Seed

Closing ARA Panel Focuses on Retail Models

Cindy Zimmerman

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) concluded its annual Conference & Expo in New Orleans last week with a panel discussion on Competing Retail Models moderated by Margy Eckelkamp, editor of AgPro. The panel featured Alexander Reichert, co-founder and CEO of AgVend; Dave Thomas, executive vice president of Helena Agri-Enterprises LLC; and John Demerly, CEO of CommoditAg. “Ag retailers are responding …

Agribusiness, ARA, Audio

#AgRetailers19 is a Wrap

Cindy Zimmerman

The gavel has been passed and the 2019 Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) Conference & Expo is New Orleans is a wrap. Rod Wells of GROWMARK (pictured left) was installed as chairman of the association during the closing session of conference, succeeding Troy Johnson of Wilbur-Ellis in the role. “I am proud of the work our board of directors and ARA …

Agribusiness, ARA, Audio, GROWMARK, Precision Agriculture