NCGA Awards Banquet

Chuck Zimmerman

Each of the commodity groups making up Commodity Classic have their annual banquets on the same night. Thanks to several people I got a couple of pictures to share. This one is from the NCGA Awards Banquet. In it, NCGA President, Ken McCauley (left), is giving an appreciation plaque to BASF which was accepted by Andy Lee, Director of Business …

BASF, Commodity Classic, New Holland

The Wyant Perspective

Chuck Zimmerman

Kind of sounds like a new Robert Ludlum novel doesn’t it? It’s actually a Commodity Classic Learning Center session on “Perspectives on the 2007 Farm Bill” that was sponsored by John Deere. Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse Communications, was the moderator of a panel on this subject that featured Mark Halverson, Democratic Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the Senate Committee on …

Audio, BASF, Commodity Classic, Farm Policy, New Holland

BASF WINner

Chuck Zimmerman

Pictured here are Gary Schmitz, Dan Westberg and Leon Duchene. They were the team giving the BASF WIN session. WIN means “What is New.” What is new from BASF is Status herbicide for corn, giving growers a new option in post-emergent broadleaf weed control. I interviewed all three guys to get the story on this new product from BASF. If …

Audio, BASF, Commodity Classic, New Holland

We Like Biodiesel

Chuck Zimmerman

To show support for the biodiesel industry all the equipment here at Commodity Classic seems to be displaying the logo in the windows of the cabs. The stickers are supplied by the National Biodiesel Board which also had a booth in the trade show. Representing NBB here was Gary Wheeler, Director of Operations. AgWired coverage of Commodity Classic is made …

BASF, Biodiesel, Commodity Classic, New Holland

Media Reception

Chuck Zimmerman

I would be remiss in my coverage if I didn’t mention the fact that we had a very nice reception here for the media. This is an annual event and is sponsored by our sponsor, New Holland. It’s a chance to gather together for some fellowship without having to do interviews. It’s a nice way to relax for a little …

BASF, Commodity Classic, New Holland

The NEVC Chairman

Chuck Zimmerman

The Chairman of the Board for the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition. They are on display here at the Commodity Classic trade show. I haven’t had a chance to spend much time with NEVC before so I interviewed Steve to learn more about the organization. Greg says that they are a real technical resource for consumers and anyone who wants more …

Audio, BASF, Commodity Classic, New Holland

New Holland Marketing True Blue

Chuck Zimmerman

The New Holland director of marketing and brand development is Steve Gorsuch. He’s here at Commodity Classic and I caught up to him in the trade show this morning. He says that the theme of their dealer meeting last month was “True Blue.” It was meant as a statement of who they are and their commitment to their customers and …

Audio, BASF, Commodity Classic, New Holland

John Phipps and the Presidents

Chuck Zimmerman

The opening general session is taking place right now and the emcee is John Phipps, U. S. Farm Report. They said he’s back by popular demand. You must be doing good John. John started out with a great monologue before introducing the presidents of each Commodity Classic participating organization. I know I already posted interviews with them but I thought …

Audio, BASF, Commodity Classic, New Holland

Opening Market Report

Chuck Zimmerman

It’s a tradition to have the current president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting give an opening general session market report here at Commodity Classic. That duty was performed by Pam Fretwell, WTAD/WKAN. She was just hoping that the crowd wouldn’t kill the messenger as she gave yesterday’s dismal market prices. She did point out that it was sunny …

Audio, BASF, Commodity Classic, New Holland

Commodity Update Blogging the Classic

Chuck Zimmerman

Proving that he’s an innovator once again, Joel Jaeger at Commodity Update is blogging from the Commodity Classic. You can find Joel’s blog here. Commodity Update is an AgWired advertiser and if you don’t subscribe then I recommend you do. Business is good since he’s expanding the company. Commodity Update today announced plans to join forces with Bryan Berry, Fowler, …

BASF, Commodity Classic, New Holland