African Seed Trade Learns from ASTA

Cindy Zimmerman 2 Comments

It was AFSTA meets ASTA last week at the CSS 2014 and Seed Expo in Chicago. Denias Zaranyika is the Vice President of the African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA) and he attended last week’s event to see what he could bring home to his colleagues in the countries of Africa. “We want to exchange information and learn from Americans,” he …

ASTA, Audio, Biotech, International, Seed

Slovakian Journalist Wins IFAJ Star for Ag Journalism

John Davis

Slovakian journalist Jozef Sedlák was recently named the winner of the coveted IFAJ Star Prize in Agricultural Journalism for his story, “Food Does not Come from Supermarket Shelves,” which was published in the weekend edition of the Pravda daily newspaper. Judges said they were captivated by the entrepreneurial story of a young Slovak farmer Pavel Petránek, a turkey breeder from …

IFAJ, International, John Deere, Journalism

Farmers Union President Discusses Sustainability in Ghana

John Davis

National Farmers Union (NFU) officials made a stop in Africa to talk about how cooperatives can promote sustainability. This news release from the group says NFU President Roger Johnson talked about the development of cooperatives at the National Food and Agric Show (FAGRO) in Ghana. “I am excited to be able to discuss and promote cooperatives as a means for …

Cooperatives, International, NFU, Sustainability

Serbian Ag Journalists Celebrate Ten Years

Chuck Zimmerman

Our friends in the Serbian Association of Agricultural Journalists, AGROPRESS, recently celebrated the organization’s 10th anniversary. That celebration included a tour that began in the Serbian village of Crepaja. The event opened at the modern farm FOTOS (Member of Almex Company) that has more than 300 heifer calves of the Holstein breed. After a farm tour in Crepaja, the anniversary …

IFAJ, International, Media

Global Yield Gap Unveiled at Water for Food Conference

Cindy Zimmerman

Finding of the Global Yield Gap and Water Productivity Atlas were unveiled this week at the sixth annual Water for Food Global Conference. The outcome of a six-year international collaborative research effort led by the Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska and Wageningen University in the Netherlands, the Atlas is the first transparent, interactive and map-based …

Food, International, Research, Water

Alltech Appoints Aidan Connolly CIO

Joanna Schroeder

Alltech has appointed Vice President Aidan Connolly as chief innovation office (CIO) as part of the company’s global research department. Connolly will work closely with Dr. Karl Dawson, vp and chief scientific officer in developing their innovation pipeline and take products from test scale to commercial scale. In his new role, Connolly will put together a team within the company’s …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Company Announcement, International

Meet the New Holland Bloggers

Chuck Zimmerman

I still feel special to have been chosen by New Holland to participate in their New Holland Blogger Days last week. It was a diverse group in terms of language and home country. However, we all had much in common including our passion for agriculture, using social media to help distribute our information while personally engaging with farmers and the …

Agribusiness, Audio, International, Media, New Holland

University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo

Chuck Zimmerman

During my trip to Italy last week one of our memorable stops was the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo. That sounds like a foodies idea of a college! However, I have to note that the University was started by Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food Movement. He has a rather interesting background according to this post in Wikipedia. …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Audio, Food, International, New Holland, Video

New Holland and Expo Milano 2015

Chuck Zimmerman

Happy New Holland Blogger Days. That’s the “holiday” I am participating in this week in Turin, Italy. In fact, right now I’m in CNH Industrial Village. We’re getting a presentation on New Holland’s participation in Expo Milano 2015. The theme of the Expo is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” This theme fits works very well for New Holland with …

Agribusiness, International, New Holland, Video

Holland Picks New Holland

Cindy Zimmerman

The T6 AutoCommand™ tractor, from CNH Industrial brand New Holland Agriculture, has won the ‘Boerentrekker of the Year Award 2014′ in the Netherlands by leading Dutch farming magazine Boerderij. The title recognizes the ‘Best Farmer’s Tractor’ for the year in Holland and was conferred at the Agrotechniek 2014 trade fair by the magazine. First published in 1915, this weekly independent …

International, New Holland, Tractor