Alltech Announces More Speakers For ONE

Lizzy Schultz

Alltech is adding to its line-up of expert speakers and engaging discussions in preparation for ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, from May 22–25. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, former CEO of Ford, Alan Mulally, former Global Marketing Officer of Procter & Gamble, Jim Stengel, renowned author and water expert …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Events, International

Borlaug-Ruan Internship Sends 24 Students Abroad

Lizzy Schultz

The World Food Prize Foundation announced that record 24 high school students will be sent abroad for internships at renowned international research centers and NGOs this summer. The students hail from Iowa and 12 other states, and will focus their studies on issues relating to hunger and poverty during eight-week, all-expenses-paid internships in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The program …

Ag Group, Agriculture Education, International, Internship, Research, World Food Prize

Korean Cotton Executives to Visit US

Lizzy Schultz

Textile executives from 10 Korean companies will tour the U.S. Cotton Belt on April 17-22. The executives will observe U.S. cotton production, processing and marketing and will meet with U.S. cotton exporters. This Cotton USA Korean Special Trade Mission is being conducted by Cotton Council International (CCI), the National Cotton Council’s export promotions arm. Korea currently ranks as the sixth …

Ag Group, Cotton, Events, International, Research

IFAJ Congress 2016 Early Registration Extended

Chuck Zimmerman

The organizers of the IFAJ Congress 2016 have extended early bird registration to April 10. So you have a little more time to look at the programs for the pre and post tours as well as the main Congress. This morning I Skyped with Mark Moore, freelance agricultural journalist and photographer who is helping the Congress committee. Mark has been …

AAEA, Audio, IFAJ, International, Media

Ethanol Trade Mission to Peru

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) took part in a recent trade mission to Peru led by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack which included discussions about increasing cooperation with that country when it comes to ethanol production and exports. In this edition of the ZimmCast, RFA General Counsel Ed Hubbard talks about the March 13-15 trade mission which visited Lima and the …

Audio, Ethanol, International, RFA, Trade, USDA, ZimmCast

Pope Francis Prays for Small Farmers

Chuck Zimmerman

Each month the Pope publishes a special prayer intention. The faithful are encouraged to add their prayers to his. For April, 2016 he Holy Father’s universal prayer intention is: “That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labour”. I say a big AMEN to that prayer and hope you’ll join in. Pope Francis also issues a prayer …

Farming, International

US Ag Colleges Stand Out in World Ranking

Lizzy Schultz

The QS World University Ranking system has released its latest standings for the world’s top agriculture universities, showcasing fifty exceptional programs on their website. While the top spot went to Wageningen University in the Netherlands, the strength of American agriculture universities continues to shine as twenty two of the top fifty spots went to U.S. agriculture programs, including seven of …

Ag Group, AgCareers, Education, International, Science, University

China’s Wheat Policies Hurt US Farmers

Kelly Marshall

A 2014 study by DTB Associates revealed that China pays farmers more than $10 per bushel of wheat and subsidizes input costs as well.  The U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) have demonstrated several times in the last few years how policies like this one are hurting wheat trade in the U.S. and other …

Exports, Government, International, NAWG, Wheat

Historic Agreements for Ag Trade with Cuba

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture could play a key role in normalizing trade relations with Cuba, according to President Obama on his historic visit to that nation this week. “If we build on what we’re doing in agriculture and we see more U.S. farmers interacting with Cuban farmers, and there’s more exports and imports, the possibility of ending the embargo increases,” Obama said to …

AFBF, Government, International, Tillage

U.S. Ag Journalists – Register for IFAJ Congress in Germany

Chuck Zimmerman

Registration is now open for the IFAJ 2016 Congress which will take place in Bonn, Germany. There are pre and post tours in addition to the main Congress. Find the program and registration information on the Congress website. If you have never attended an IFAJ Congress then you really should consider it. Cindy and I have attended many of these …

IFAJ, International, Media, Video