Bayer CropScience Greenhouse 5 Grand Opening

Chuck Zimmerman Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer, Video

The ribbon has been cut to open the Bayer CropScience Greenhouse 5. This massive facility will be the home to corn/soybean/cotton/canola research as soon as the company can get “moved in.” This morning we got a tour of the facility and you can see photos just as soon as I get them uploaded to the photo album. To learn more …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer, Video

Farmers Are Sustainable

Chuck Zimmerman Agribusiness, Bayer

A grower sustainability panel took place during the Bayer CropScience 2012 Ag Issues Forum. The theme of the session was “Hands in the Dirt: First-Hand Grower Experiences.” One of the panel members pictured is Nancy Kavazanjian, a farmer from Wisconsin who grows corn, soybeans and wheat. I asked Nancy what the word “sustainability” means to her. She says that when …

Agribusiness, Bayer

Increasing Productivity Through Innovation

Chuck Zimmerman Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer, Biotech

I met Lykele vanderBroek, Global COO, Bayer CropScience, during the 2012 Ag Issues Forum. He was on the welcoming committee to all the media who attended this event. When it was my turn for an interview with him I asked him what take away message he wanted us to have. He says that global trends like increasing population, higher affordable …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer, Biotech

Challenged To Think Beyond Yield Growth

Chuck Zimmerman Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer

Challenging the ag journalists attending the Bayer CropScience Ag Issues Forum to think about global food security differently was Gawain Kripke, Director of Policy & Research, Oxfam America. He started his presentation by saying that he would bring up some provocative ideas and he did. For example, he says Oxfam wants an end to “excessive” speculation in commodity markets, for …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer

The Growing Problem of Food Waste

Chuck Zimmerman Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer, Food

Food waste is a growing problem. That was the message from Kai Robertson, Director, Food, Beverage & Agriculture Practice, BSR, during the Bayer CropScience Ag Issues Forum. I visited with Kai right after her presentation. She startled many of us attending when she presented a statistic from EPA (estimate) that more than 67 billion pounds of food end up in …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer, Food

Welcome From Bayer CropScience

Chuck Zimmerman Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer

One of our first speakers at the 2012 Ag Issues Forum is Dr. Mathias Kremer, Head of Global BioScience for Bayer CropScience. He says he wanted the takeaway message from his welcoming remarks to be an understanding of what Bayer CropScience stands for which is “an organization which sees itself as one of the solution providers to the global problems …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer

Bayer CropScience Gathers Ag Journalists

Chuck Zimmerman Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer

The Bayer CropScience Ag Issues Forum is underway. We’ve got a full house of agricultural journalists of all “types” here. This is my first time at the event and it is a very broad spectrum (sounds like a herbicide) “media” event. It’s always interesting to see the publication folks shooting video and the broadcast folks taking notes. Hmmm . . …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer

Bayer CropScience Ag Issues Forum

Chuck Zimmerman Agribusiness, Bayer

The Bayer CropScience Ag Issues Forum starts today in advance of Commodity Classic. Cindy and I are on the agriblogging highway and this will be our first stop today upon arrival in Nashville. Topics for the forum include: Food Waste: A Growing Problem; The State of Ag: Domestic and Global Trends; Global Food Security: Thinking Beyond Yield Growth; Feet on …

Agribusiness, Bayer