AWARD Fellowships go to 70 African Women Ag Scientists

Jamie Johansen

Olivia Narciso Pedro, a lecturer and researcher at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique is one of 70 outstanding African women agricultural scientists to have been awarded a 2015 fellowship from African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD). The winners have been publicly announced this week in Nairobi, Kenya, where they have convened for an orientation workshop. “Agricultural …

Ag Group, International, Research, Science

UA Taking Land-Grant Mission South of the Border

Jamie Johansen

Last week, nearly 60 representatives from 19 Mexican universities made a visit to the Tucson Village Farm, located on the University of Arizona’s Campus Agricultural Center. The UA is leading the innovative initiative in partnership with New Mexico State University. The project is called the Red De Extensión e Innovación Nacional Universitaria, also known as Project REINU, and translates to …

Ag Group, Education, International

Farm Safety Program Addresses Universal Challenges

Jamie Johansen

Progressive Agriculture Safety Day®, the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America, has officially been licensed in Brazil. The program is part of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation® (PAF), and the expansion is made possible through support from Agrium, a leading global agricultural solutions company and long-time sponsor and supporter of the program. Brazil will become …

Ag Group, Farm Safety, International

The Growth of Eco Agro Resources

Chuck Zimmerman

As we’ve seen in two big announcements this week alone, Eco Agro Resources, which was founded in 2013, is on a fast-paced growth curve. I talked with Andrew Semple, President/CEO, about how his company is having so much success. By the way, Eco Agro Resources’ home office is located in my hometown of Sarasota, FL, although they already have offices …

Agribusiness, Audio, Environment, Fertilizer, International, ZimmCast

Pope Francis Calls Farming a Vocation

Chuck Zimmerman

Pope Francis put agriculture in focus this weekend when he met with a group of managers from the National Confederation of Direct Cultivators. His comments reflected on two main areas, poverty and hunger and protection of the environment. BTW. I love this photo of him from the L’Osservatore Romano. Here are a few excerpts from his comments “There is no …

Farming, Food, International, politics

New Holland Seeds of Life Part 3

Chuck Zimmerman

New Holland has just published episode #3 in its Seeds of Life Series, “A storytelling project for the Heroes who feed us all.” New Holland Agriculture presents the third episode of the web series “The Seeds of Life”. Come and discover generations of our Heroes #ThanksToHeroes. Follow our farmers in their continuous efforts to meet the growing demand for food …

Agribusiness, International, New Holland, Video

Introducing The Uganda Community Farm

Jamie Johansen

The answer to extreme poverty in Africa could be Africa itself, if a new agricultural initiative lives up to its vision. The Uganda Community Farm (UCF) aims to create a prototype for self-sustainability within Uganda’s poor rural communities. Pursuing a comprehensive agricultural program, it intends to set a precedent for Africa’s rural poor to tread their own path out of …

Ag Group, Food, International

2015 IFAJ Congress Australian Pre-Tour

Chuck Zimmerman

If you are thinking about going to this year’s International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress in New Zealand then you might want to leave a little early and stop in Australia. The Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists is joining with the Rural Press Club of Queensland to put together an enticing pre-congress tour. There will be a welcome gathering on …

IFAJ, International, Media

Reports Say Pope Will Open His Farm

Cindy Zimmerman

There’s a bunch of news stories on the web that Pope Francis will be opening up the papal farm at Castel Gandolfo to the public for tours next year, although I can’t seem to find any official word from the Vatican on its website or on the Catholic News Service. Since the original story is from the Associated Press, take …

Farming, International