BIVI’s Swine Diagnostics Revolution

Joanna Schroeder

There is a swine diagnostics revolution and Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.’s is leading the way. The company’s Health Management Center (HMC) in Ames, Iowa is where Wayne Chittick, as manager, takes swine diagnostics to the next level.The swine diagnostic lab is part BIVI’s technical services group and was on display during this year’s World Pork Expo. Chittick said the lab …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Research, Swine, World Pork Expo

BIVI Expands R&D Facilities in Iowa

Jamie Johansen

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. (BIVI) recently opened a new research and development facility at Iowa State University Research Park in Ames, Iowa and ZimmComm’s own Jamie Johansen had the opportunity to tour the facility prior to the official kick off of the 2016 World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa. The Health Management Center (HMC) is also located on the …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Research, Swine, Technology

Preview of the #CUTC16

Chuck Zimmerman

Attendance at the 2016 Corn Utilization Technology Conference is higher than two years ago. The Chair of the committee for this year’s conference is Gene Fox, Cargill. I talked with him about the program this year. Gene has worked with his committee to find sessions and speakers to fulfill the needs of corn growers, companies like Cargill and large food …

Ag Group, Audio, Corn, CUTC, Research

Bayer and Planetary Resources Intend to Collaborate

Kelly Marshall

Bayer has signed memorandum of understanding with aerospace technology company Planetary Resources.  The document says Bayer intends to purchase data from Planetary Resources for the purpose of creating new agricultural products and improving existing ones. Using the combined technologies from the two companies, farmers can time their irrigation systems much better to save water, receive planting date recommendations and re-planting advice, …

Agribusiness, Bayer, data, Research, Water

Alltech Honors Young Scientists At #ONEBigIdea

Lizzy Schultz

The winners of 11th annual Alltech Young Scientist (AYS) Global Competition were announced during this years ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, and the eight competition finalists were all honored on stage during a special ceremony to help close out the event. The contest attracted undergraduate and graduate agriscience students from 117 universities in 42 countries around the world. The eight …

Ag Group, Alltech, Alltech Global Dairy/Beef, Audio, Award, Contest, Research, Science, University

USDA Announces $130 K for Research, Education, Extension

Kelly Marshall

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has made $130 million available for research, education, and extension projects to support sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems, including organic production.  Funding comes through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Program and the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). “Investing in agricultural research ensures that our …

Government, Research, USDA

BASF Opens New R&D Center

Kelly Marshall

BASF has just opened a new Research and Development center at their Crop Protection headquarters in Limburgerhof, Germany.  The new center offers research areas for biological crop protection and seed solutions, making it a hub of expertise for researchers and farmers world wide. “Our investment in this expanded capacity is a step forward to unlocking the agricultural potential in seeds …

Agribusiness, BASF, Crop Protection, Research, Seed

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

McCornick Named Water for Food Executive Director

Kelly Marshall

The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska has announced a new executive director. Peter G. McCornick, an expert recognized internationally for his research in water, food, and the environment, will be taking the reins for the institute on September 1. Currently McCornick is serving as the deputy director general for the International Water Management …

Ag Group, Research, Water

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