The Elephant in the Cornfield

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With the title, “The Elephant in the Cornfield,” Chris Clayton’s first book draws you in just to find out what it’s all about. Chris is the policy editor for DTN/The Progressive Farmer and an issue near and dear to his heart is climate change. I share that interest and was able to sit down with him at the NAFB convention …

Audio, Climate Change, Farm Policy, Media, ZimmCast

White House Announces Companies’ Climate Pledges

Joanna Schroeder

The White House has announced additional commitments from companies across the U.S. who are joining the American Business Act on Climate Pledge to reduce their environmental footprint and use of natural resources. Eighty-one companies have signed on the dotted lines including many in the agricultural arena including Cargill, Campos Brothers Farms, Coca Cola, General Mills, Hershey’s and more. The companies …

Agribusiness, Climate Change, Environment, Sustainability

IFAMA Hosts Conference- People, Climate, Big Data

Kelly Marshall

 You are invited to join the 25th Annual Internation Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) World Conference in Saint Paul, MN on June 14-17, 2015. Attendees will participate in discussion and presentations focusing on three key areas of concern for the food industry: People, Climate and Big Data.  Keynote speakers include Mary Bohman, USDA Head of Economic Research Service and Michael …

Climate Change, data, Events, IFAMA, People

USDA Presents Climate Change Initiative

Cindy Zimmerman

In a speech Thursday at Michigan State University, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack introduced “Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture & Forestry”, an initiative that will utilize voluntary, incentive-based conservation, forestry, and energy programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration and expand renewable energy production in the agricultural and forestry sectors. “American farmers and ranchers are leaders when it …

Audio, Climate Change, Government, USDA

The Changing Climate from CIRB

Jamie Johansen

Evelyn Browning-Gariss, The Browning Newsletter, is a historical climatologist who advices the masses about what the coming season will bring. She has spent over 30 years explaining the impact of changing climate on economic and social trends. During last week’s Crop Insurance & Reinsurance Bureau’s annual meeting, Evelyn talked to attendees about what they can expect from a changing climate. …

Ag Group, Audio, CIRB, Climate Change, Farming, Insurance

New Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

The inaugural meeting of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture was held this week in conjunction with the UN Climate Summit in New York City. “I am glad to see action that will increase agricultural productivity, build resilience for farmers and reduce carbon emissions,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “These efforts will improve food and nutrition security for …

Climate Change, Corn, Farming, International, NCGA

Climate Alarmism Debunked

Chuck Zimmerman

The 9th International Conference on Climate Change in underway in Las Vegas and being live streamed. I watched the keynotes this morning and was fascinated. First up was Dr. Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace. His was the face you saw many years back leading the charge in the face of Russian whaling boats and more. But he says the organization …

Audio, Climate Change

AFBF Not Happy With Clean Power Plan

Joanna Schroeder

Last week the Environmental Protection Agency made history when it released its Clean Power Plan proposal – an attempt to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from utility plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The EPA already has other pollution regulations (greenhouse gas emissions) on the utility sector. According to the EPA, utility plants are the single largest source …

AFBF, Agribusiness, Climate Change, Energy, Environment

National APLU Report Outlines Research Challenges

Jamie Johansen

The national Association of Public and Land-grant Universities released a report outlining six “grand challenges” facing the United States over the next decade in the areas of sustainability water, climate change, agriculture, energy and education. The APLU project was co-chaired by W. Daniel Edge, head of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. The report is available …

Ag Group, Climate Change, Education, Energy, Environment, Sustainability