Celebrating Second Annual World Cotton Day

Cindy Zimmerman

Today, October 7, is the second annual celebration of World Cotton Day to pay tribute to what is often called the “most important natural fiber in the world.” The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) co-established the global day last year with four other organizations – the World Trade Organization (WTO), International Trade Centre (ITC), United Nations Conference on Trade and …

Cotton, International

World Press Freedom Day

Chuck Zimmerman

May 3rd was World Press Freedom Day. This year’s theme is Journalism Without Fear or Favour. Here in the U.S.A. most people take the press for granted. Well, generally. Lately with state of political discourse being so divided it is unfortunate that the press have come under increasing fire for their reporting, which in my mind has become less about …

IFAJ, International, Media

Secretary Perdue Press Call from Rome

Cindy Zimmerman

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has been traveling Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy this week to engage with his counterparts on important issues facing agriculture at home and abroad. The Secretary, along with Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney has been participating in events with government officials and agricultural leaders. As President Trump was preparing to …

Audio, Exports, International, Trade, USDA

USDA Supporting International Year of Plant Health

Chuck Zimmerman

USDA is kicking off efforts to create awareness in the U.S. for this International Year of Plant Health. The international campaign was declared by the U.N. at the end of 2019. A conference on plant health is planned for later this year with details to come. To bring worldwide attention to this challenge, the U.N. has declared 2020 as the …

International, USDA

IFAJ Congress 2020 Website Live

Chuck Zimmerman

The website for the 2020 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress, is now live. The host country is Denmark. Registration will open at the end of January. The theme is: “Farming today for the society of tomorrow.” The Congress dates are 24 June – 28 Jun, 2020 with the location being Vingsted, Vingsted Skovvej. The issue that is becoming increasingly …

IFAJ, International, Media

2019 World Food Day

Chuck Zimmerman

Welcome to World Food Day 2019. This isn’t just a Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations event but they put a lot of effort into it. Let’s take for example their suggestions for farmers and agribusinesses to make diets healthier, available and affordable. The women and men who work in agriculture play a vital role in providing nutritious, …

Food, International

Happy World Egg Day!

Cindy Zimmerman

More than 40 countries around the world are celebrating the most incredible source of “Protein for Life” today on World Egg Day. One large egg has 13 essential vitamins and minerals and six grams of high-quality protein for just about $0.17 each. But eggs are are more than a highly affordable protein source, they also have a low environmental impact, …

Audio, International

President Says USMCA is Victory for Farmers

Cindy Zimmerman

Out with NAFTA and in with USMCA, the initials for the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement. “This new deal is an especially great victory for our farmers,” said President Donald Trump as he announced the agreement this morning. “The deal includes a substantial increase in our farmers’ opportunities to export American wheat, poultry, eggs and dairy – including milk, butter, cheese, yogurt …

AFBF, AgWired Animal, Audio, Dairy, International, Trade

ASTA Responds to EU Ruling on Gene Editing

Cindy Zimmerman

The European Union Court of Justice ruled this week that gene edited crops should be treated the same genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The court ruled that “organisms obtained by mutagenesis are GMOs within the meaning of the GMO Directive,” however it does not apply to gene-editing techniques which “have conventionally been used and have a long safety record.” The American …

AgWired Precision, ASTA, International, Plant Breeding, Seed

Looking Ahead to IFAJ Congress/Ag Media Summit 2019

Chuck Zimmerman

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress 2018 may have concluded for this group of members from the United States but now we can look ahead to 2019. Guess where it’s going to be? The USA! The IFAJ Congress will overlap with Ag Media Summit in Minneapolis/Bloomington, MN at the end of July. The theme is “Global Connections in America’s …

AAEA, IFAJ, International, LPC, Media