Corn Prices Projected to Decrease

Kelly Marshall Ag Group, Corn, Marketing, Markets, NCGA, USDA

While optimists hoped the increased demand for ethanol would help drive corn prices, the USDA reports say it won’t be enough to off-set other factors.  Demand estimates are lower by 24 million bushels of corn, and ending stocks are higher by 25 million bushels.  Production estimates remain unchanged from March. “U.S. corn farmers have indicated their intention to grow another …

Ag Group, Corn, Marketing, Markets, NCGA, USDA

Study Shows How Farmers are Dealing with Downturn

Cindy Zimmerman Agribusiness, Audio, Farming, Marketing

J.L.Farmakis, Inc has just released a new research study conducted in February by Millennium Research that shows plans farmers are making this year in reaction to lower commodity prices. Among the findings of the “Farmer Speaks Study” are: • Half of the farmers surveyed are seeking off-farm employment • 74% will switch to generics or change brands of crop protection …

Agribusiness, Audio, Farming, Marketing

New Cooperative Research Program for Sorghum

Lizzy Schultz Ag Group, Agronomy, Marketing, Research, sorghum, University

The Sorghum Checkoff, Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission and Kansas State University (KSU) have entered into a cooperative agreement to increase grain sorghum productivity and expand markets by 2025. Coordinated efforts for the Collaborative Sorghum Investment Program will begin April 1st, 2016, and operate through the Center for Sorghum Improvement at KSU. Results will impact sorghum producers throughout the country. “After …

Ag Group, Agronomy, Marketing, Research, sorghum, University

The Great Grain Marketing Debate

Lizzy Schultz Ag Group, Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, Grains, Marketing, Monsanto

Grain marketing was at the center of many educational sessions during the 2016 Commodity Classic, as the stressful state of the economy has made it imperative for farmers to have a clear understanding of grain marketing. One session at this year’s event, the Great Grain Marketing Debate, offered attendees a valuable panel discussion on grain marketing strategies for 2016. One …

Ag Group, Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, Grains, Marketing, Monsanto

Ag Marketing Advice from Buzzfeed VP

Lizzy Schultz Ag Group, Audio, Communications, Marketing, Media, Technology

The 2016 Dairy Strong conference featured a variety of exceptional keynote presentations, with many presenters coming from outside of the agriculture sector, but few would argue that any of them made as strong of an impact as Jonathan Perelman. Perelman is the Head the Digital Ventures at ICM Partners, the former Vice President of Motion Pictures at Buzzfeed, the former …

Ag Group, Audio, Communications, Marketing, Media, Technology

Comedian Damian Mason at #PotatoExpo

Cindy Zimmerman Audio, Marketing, Nufarm, Potato

Damian Mason is a very popular, very funny speaker for agricultural groups that we’ve heard several times at different events but he always has a serious underlying message for his audience. One topic he hit on at the Potato Expo last week was the organic trend. “I’m not anti-organic, I’m actually pro-organic because it’s a profitable niche and it gives …

Audio, Marketing, Nufarm, Potato

The Debut of Sage – A Creative Marketing Agency

Jamie Johansen Advertising, Agribusiness, Audio, Communications, Company Announcement, Marketing, Public Relations

BCS Communications has changed its name to Sage, A Creative Marketing Agency. The name change reflects a new strategic direction and personality of the agency nearly 13 years after it was founded by company partners Leigh Ann Cleaver and Kelly Schwalbe. Last night the team celebrated the change and I took the opportunity to chat with them both. Leigh Ann …

Advertising, Agribusiness, Audio, Communications, Company Announcement, Marketing, Public Relations

“Club Blue” Speakers Discuss Market Outlook

Lizzy Schultz Agribusiness, Farm Progress Show, Financial, Marketing, New Holland

New Holland invited several speakers to give presentations at their “Club Blue” event for customers and dealers at the Farm Progress Show, one of them being Mark Gold of Top Third Ag Marketing. He spoke to customers on his market outlook and on current risks in the market. Gold is optimistic about the market, but emphasized how important it is …

Agribusiness, Farm Progress Show, Financial, Marketing, New Holland

Online Data Tool from FarmLink, Progressive Farmer

Kelly Marshall Agribusiness, data, Marketing, Precision Agriculture, Technology, Weather

Arriving for the 2016 planting season, growers will soon be able to subscribe to an online tool through DTN/The Progressive Farmer and FarmLink. The two companies have announced an agreement to develop a new dashboard product to help farmers evaluate productivity.  Combining DTN/The Progressive Farmer’s local weather stations and cash market information from FarmLink allows for a new product that will give …

Agribusiness, data, Marketing, Precision Agriculture, Technology, Weather

Interns at O+B Advocate for Agriculture

Kelly Marshall Agribusiness, Communications, Marketing

Catalina, an aspiring art director from Argentina, sits down beside Laura, a Midwest farmer’s daughter. Nearby, former FFA state officer Jacob rubs elbows with a songwriter-turned-journalist, Zach. What unites this eclectic group? A passion for agriculture and an internship with St. Louis marketing and communications firm, Osborn Barr (O+B). Eighteen of the best and brightest interns joined O+B in St. …

Agribusiness, Communications, Marketing