The Great Grain Marketing Debate

Lizzy Schultz

Grain marketing was at the center of many educational sessions during the 2016 Commodity Classic, as the stressful state of the economy has made it imperative for farmers to have a clear understanding of grain marketing. One session at this year’s event, the Great Grain Marketing Debate, offered attendees a valuable panel discussion on grain marketing strategies for 2016. One …

Ag Group, Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, Grains, Marketing, Monsanto

#Classic16 Corn and Wheat Scholarship Winners

Joanna Schroeder

The number of scholarships presented by BASF Crop Protection and the various commodity organizations at Commodity Classic increases every year. Yea. It’s great to see so many young men and women take an interest in agriculture. We were able to interview some but not all of this year’s winners – but they are all outstanding. The $1000 National Corn Growers …

Agriculture Education, Audio, Award, BASF, Commodity Classic, Corn, Wheat

#Classic16 Shatters Records

Cindy Zimmerman

The 2016 Commodity Classic in the Big Easy was a big record setter. Total attendance was 9,770, compared to 7,936 in 2015. Another record set was in the number of growers attending, at 4,596. Additionally, the trade show featured an all-time high of 433 participating companies, including 128 first-time exhibitors. These exhibitors filled a record 253,300 net square feet of …

Ag Group, BASF, Commodity Classic, Corn

#Classic16 Celebrates Decade of Scholarships

Cindy Zimmerman

BASF Crop Protection, the American Soybean Association (ASA), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), and the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) celebrated ten years of rewarding future agriculture industry leaders with scholarships during the 2016 Commodity Classic last week. A past scholarship winner who now works for BASF as a tech service rep had the honor of presenting the awards this year. …

ASA, Audio, BASF, Commodity Classic, Corn, Education, NCGA, Soybean, Wheat

#FlexMyChoice Massages at #Classic16

Cindy Zimmerman

Visitors to the 2016 Commodity Classic had the opportunity to voice their support for Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) and relax their aching muscles at the same time at the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) booth. It was the first opportunity for RFA to get their recently launched “Flex My Choice” campaign in front of the agriculture industry and Vice President of …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, Ethanol, RFA

Vilsack Makes 7th Appearance at #Classic16

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appeared at every Commodity Classic since he was confirmed, making this year the seventh time he has addressed corn, soybean, sorghum and wheat farmers. “Farmers are the linchpin of this country. They are the heart and soul,” said Vilsack, who concentrated much of his remarks on the importance of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) for …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, sorghum, Soybean, USDA, Wheat

ASA and NCGA Talk Grower Issues at #Classic16

Lizzy Schultz

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and the American Soybean Association (ASA) held press conferences during the 2016 Commodity Classic to discuss several key issues facing the industry and highlight the efforts currently in place to create solutions to the challenges that have been facing growers. Representatives from NCGA focused their press conference around the current state of the farm …

Ag Group, ASA, Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, NCGA, Soybean

Scholarships Presented at #Classic16

Cindy Zimmerman

A brand new crop of young people received scholarships at the 2016 Commodity Classic from three organizations and BASF. The American Soybean Association (ASA), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), and the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) all joined in the presentation of scholarships to assist promising individuals with their future agriculture academic endeavors. For the 10th year in a row, BASF …

ASA, BASF, Commodity Classic, Corn, Education, NCGA

Ethos XB Offers Convenience and Protection

Lizzy Schultz

While FMC has always been close to Southern growers, offering exceptional base brands like Mustang Maxx, Hero, and Command 3ME, the company’s portfolio has recently evolved to even better suit Southern corn and soybean growers. One of the company’s latest additions is Ethos XB, a fertilizer-ready insecticide and fungicide that aims to protect young seedlings in a complete crop protection …

Ag Group, Audio, Corn, Crop Protection, FMC, Herbicide, Insecticides

Supreme Court Declines Chesapeake Bay Review

Cindy Zimmerman

There will be no Supreme Court review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s total maximum daily load (TMDL) restrictions in the Chesapeake Bay region, referred to as EPA’s “blueprint” for restoring the bay. The American Farm Bureau Federation and a coalition of agricultural and builder groups asked the Supreme Court last November to review a lower court ruling that “allows the …

AFBF, Corn, EPA, Government, NCGA