ASTA Chairman Presides Over Busy Year

Cindy Zimmerman

It’s been a busy year for John Schoenecker of HM Clause as chairman of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA). One priority for the organization has been to develop a communications strategy and Schoenecker says they have moved forward with that plan in the past year developing a new video message that stresses the importance of seeds in our daily …

ASTA, Audio, Video

ASTA CEO Pleased with 2015 #ASTAannual

Cindy Zimmerman

American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) president and CEO Andy LaVigne is pleased with the turnout of industry members at the 132nd annual meeting in Washington DC this week and with the reception they have received on Capitol Hill. In his opening session welcome, LaVigne said he was especially thrilled to have Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack address the meeting despite his …

Agribusiness, ASTA, Audio, Biotech, Seed

ASTA Members Storm the Hill

Cindy Zimmerman

Over 120 members of the American Seed Trade Association “stormed the Hill” this week, meeting with their elected officials in Washington DC to talk about important issues for the seed industry. “It was the most people we’ve had Storm the Hill ever,” said incoming ASTA chair Risa DeMasi of Grassland Oregon. “This is the first time that I’ve gone to …

ASTA, Audio, Biotech, Government, Seed

Secretary Vilsack Visits #ASTAannual

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stressed the importance of the seed industry to American agriculture and the nation as a whole during an address kicking off the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) annual meeting on Thursday in Washington DC. “Clearly the seed industry has been responsible for an extraordinary increase in productivity in American agriculture,” said Vilsack. “But more than that, …

ASTA, Audio, Seed, USDA

AgriClear Launches New Platform for Cattle Buyers/Sellers

Chuck Zimmerman

AgriClear, an online platform designed to provide U.S. and Canadian cattle buyers and sellers with an efficient, cost-effective transaction and payment service just opened. Jamie Johansen spoke with Nevil Speer, AgriClear, to learn more about this new platform and is featured in this week’s ZimmCast. AgriClear offers cattle producers a new way to do business with important benefits for both …

Agribusiness, Audio, Livestock, ZimmCast

Seed Industry Heads to DC

Cindy Zimmerman

The 132nd annual meeting of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is being held this week in Washington DC where members of the industry will be talking with lawmakers about issues important to them. ASTA president and CEO Andy LaVigne says it is a chance for them to raise awareness about the seed industry with elected officials. “We will be …

ASTA, Audio, GMO, Government, Seed

Nebraska Governor Concludes European Trade Trip

Cindy Zimmerman

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts wrapped up his first agricultural trade mission this week with a visit to Novozymes world headquarters in Denmark, where a company tour showcased the production of unique enzymes and microbial products used in the animal nutrition, agriculture, and biofuels industries. The visit marked the end of the trade mission with agriculture industry representatives that also included …

Audio, Biotech, Government, International, Trade

Agri-Pulse Open Mic with Canadian Ag Minister Gerry Ritz

John Davis

Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. Ritz says the US is out of options and out of time with regard to Country-of-Origin labeling. He discusses the retaliation timetable and the billions of dollars in tariffs that could be placed on U.S. goods. In addition, Ritz says Canada is closely watching the Trade Promotion Authority vote …

Agri-Pulse, Audio, Government, International, Trade

Agri-Pulse Open Mic with Sen. John Boozman

John Davis

Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features Sen. John Boozman. The Arkansas Republican sees strong opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed clean water rule and says Congress must quickly address the COOL rule. As co-chair of the hunger caucus, Boozman has strong interest in nutrition programs and expects policy reform this year. In this interview, Senator Boozman explains his thoughts …

Agri-Pulse, Audio, Government

Farm Bureau Releases WOTUS Analysis

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) today released its analysis of the EPA’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) final rule and concluded that it is worse than the proposed rule, according to AFBF president Bob Stallman. “Our analysis shows yet again how unwise, extreme and unlawful this rule is,” American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said. “Our public …

AFBF, Audio, Government, Water