IFAJ Honors 2017 Contest Winners

Chuck Zimmerman

I absolutely love this photo. So did the judges of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Star Prize for photography contest. Here’s what it’s all about: Australian photographer Jacqui Bateman has won the 2017 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Star Prize for Photography for her “Naked Truth” photo, which ran in Stock Journal magazine. She was honored at IFAJ’s …

IFAJ, International, Photography

FMC to Acquire Portion of Dupont Crop Protection

Chuck Zimmerman

In an early morning call FMC and DuPont made a major announcement: FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC) and DuPont (NYSE: DD) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement for FMC to acquire the portion of DuPont’s Crop Protection business it must divest to comply with the European Commission ruling related to its merger with The Dow Chemical Company. Additionally, DuPont …

Agribusiness, Audio, FMC, Herbicide, Insecticides, International, Technology

It’s Time for IFAJ in Africa

Chuck Zimmerman

It looks like the Two Gregs Guide Team is ready for action in Africa as the 2017 IFAJ Congress gets underway this week (Greg Lamp & Greg Hillyer). The AgriBlogger and FarmPodcaster could not make things work to be there for this year’s event but we are able to attend virtually. BTW. The IFAJ email software got hacked and sent …

IFAJ, International

International Conference Focuses on Farm Size

Kelly Marshall

The USDA’s Economic Research Service and Farm Foundation, NFP are hosting an international conference of economic researchers in Washington D.C. this week to discuss how agricultural productivity is related to farm size across the globe. Papers and presentations go beyond comparisons of land productivity to focus on total factor productivity. “Agricultural productivity growth is a key factor in the ability …

Farm Foundation, International

Need to Increase Demand for #Corn

Cindy Zimmerman

The new president of the National Corn Growers Association says growing demand continues to be a big priority for farmers. “The crop is bigger than we’ve seen before, we just keep being able to produce these records,” said Wesley Spurlock, a corn farmer from Texas who just took over as NCGA president at the beginning of October. “Demand is what …

Ag Group, Audio, Corn, Ethanol, Exports, International, NCGA, RFA

World Food Day is October 16th

Lizzy Schultz

Mark your calendars: Sunday, October 16 is World Food Day 2016, and the theme of this year’s event is “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” The day will be one of the most celebrated events on the UN calendar, with over 150 countries recognizing it during various events and ceremonies. Rome is hosting several key World Food Day …

Ag Group, Company Announcement, Conservation, Events, fao, Food, International, Sustainability

RealAg Radio Debuting on SiriusXM Rural Radio Ch. 147

Chuck Zimmerman

Rural Radio Channel 147 on SiriusXM will launch a new radio series called “RealAg Radio.” This new program is produced by RealAgriculture.com and hosted by my friend Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner. The series debuts as Canada’s only daily, one hour ag show, broadcast across the country featuring the latest headlines from around the world of Canadian agriculture with discussions …

Audio, International, Media, ZimmCast

#CFWF16 Farm Tours

Chuck Zimmerman

During the first full day of the 2016 Canadian Farm Writers Federation conference attendees had a choice of several tours. As a biker, I chose the Science & Cycling Tour. It is way better than sitting on a bus! Here’s my group in a shot after our last tour stop on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. …

CFWF, International, Media

Welcome to #CFWF16 – Saskatchewan Surprise

Chuck Zimmerman

We’re getting a Saskatchewan Surprise in Saskatoon for the 2016 Canadian Farm Writers Federation annual meeting. Our reception and dinner were held in the Western Development Museum. The opening reception featured welcoming comments from the Honorable Lyle Stewart, Minister of Agriculture, Province of Saskatchewan. Stewart says, “Agriculture in Saskatchewan is part of our identity here. To some we’re known for …

Audio, CFWF, International, Media

Congress Ratifies Treaty Tied to Global Food Security

Cindy Zimmerman

Congress made history last night by finally passing a broadly-supported international treaty to strengthen American agriculture and enhance global food security, an action endorsed by the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA). First signed by President George W. Bush, and pending for nearly 15 years, the now ratified International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (“The Treaty”) will …

ASTA, International, Seed