Agribusiness Leader and Marketer of Year Honored

Cindy Zimmerman

The recipients of NAMA’s Agribusiness Leader and Marketer of the Year are announced months in advance, but they receive those awards and the recognition that comes with them at the annual conference. Mike Stern, CEO of Monsanto’s The Climate Corporation, received the 2017 Agribusiness Leader of the year award, which is NAMA’s highest honor, recognizes outstanding industry leadership. Mike Stern …

Agribusiness, Audio, NAMA

Herm Edwards Addresses #NAMA17

Cindy Zimmerman

On his way to Philadelphia yesterday to do commentary for NFL Draft Day, former NFL coach and ESPN analyst Herm Edwards visited the 2017 Agri-Marketing Conference to provide some game winning tips for life. Edwards emphasized teamwork, integrity and effective communication and talked about his career as one of five head coaches in NFL history to take two different teams …

Audio, NAMA

Secretary of Ag Answers Questions on NAFTA & More

Kelly Marshall

Yesterday newly confirmed Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue spent his third day on the job visiting the USDA office in Kansas City, Missouri. He also addressed members of the press, answering questions on topics from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to wildfires. “I was a grain trader, and President Trump is a trader,” Perdue said when asked about …

Audio, Government, USDA, Video

Future of NAFTA to be Determined

Cindy Zimmerman

President Trump agreed Wednesday evening to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico, and “not to terminate NAFTA at this time” after a day of speculation that he might sign an executive order withdrawing from the 23-year-old agreement. “It is my privilege to bring NAFTA up to date through renegotiation,” said Trump in a statement. …

Audio, Farm Foundation, Trade

USFRA and ZimmComm Produce SMART Farmer Podcast

Jamie Johansen

Consumers like technology. The smartphone, the smart home and the smart classroom all encompass innovation and technology that helps improve people’s lives. Similarly, with agriculture continually evolving resembling every other forward-thinking industry, today’s SMART Farm utilizes technology to be more sustainable and efficient. To share personal stories about ways farmers and ranchers are using technology, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance …

Audio, Podcasting, SMART Farmer, USFRA, ZimmComm Announcement

General Mills Backing Soil Health Program

Chuck Zimmerman

Several organizations have come together on a program to enhance farm sustainability through soil health. And they are very happy to announce additional backing from a major food manufacturer – General Mills. These organizations are working to advance soil health on America’s farms and ranches, paving the way for measurable economic and environmental gains for farmers, businesses and communities for …

Audio, Farming, Food, Soil, Sustainability, ZimmCast

Welcome @SecretarySonny

Jamie Johansen

Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tuesday and officially introduced his new Twitter handle – @SecretarySonny. Welcome to Twitter Secretary Perdue. After he took the oath of office, Perdue’s first order of business was to address employees at the USDA. “The only legacy that I seek is the only one that any grandparent or …

Ag Group, Audio, USDA, Video

Trump Puts Agriculture in the Spotlight

Cindy Zimmerman

President Trump welcomed new Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on his first day in office for a White House “Farmers Roundtable” and the signing of an Executive Order establishing an Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. During the signing, President Trump commented on the current trade dispute with Canada over dairy product pricing. “(w)here the dairy farmers up …

AFBF, Audio, Government, USDA

#Plant17 Makes Progress

Cindy Zimmerman

Some dry days last week helped farmers make up for slow progress the week before as corn planting gained 11 points to almost be at the average for this time of year at 17 percent, according to the latest crop progress report out Monday. Illinois and Missouri jumped ahead last week in corn planting progress, planting over one quarter of …

Audio, Corn, GROWMARK

It’s a Sonny Day for America

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Senate has formally confirmed the nomination of George Ervin “Sonny” Perdue III to serve as the 31st Secretary of Agriculture. The final vote was 87 to 11. Agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator, and governor of Georgia, Perdue worked on the family farm in central Georgia andn will be only the fourth agriculture secretary who can claim to have been …

Audio, Government, USDA